Aside from time spent around a campfire, playing outdoor games can be some of the best times spent with family and friends at the campground. These games can build relationships and memories that will remain for a lifetime. So what are some great outdoor campground games?
It had to be on the list so I might as well put it at the top. Cornhole may just be the most popular and perfect campsite outdoor game. You can grab the bags and practice all by yourself and set up an entire tournament for hours of enjoyment.
In case you’re one of the five people in the world who doesn’t know what this game is or how it’s played then here is a brief description. Cornhole is a game in which small bags that are filled with dried corn are tossed at a target consisting of an inclined wooden platform with a hole at one end.
How To Play Cornhole
Ideally, the game is played by 4 people consisting of 2 teams with one team member standing at opposite boards facing each other. The boards are placed 27 feet from each other, front to front.
8 bags start at one side and the team members alternate throws until all bags are tossed, trying to get the bag in the hole, then the team members on the other side do the same thing. Players cannot cross the foul line, which is the front of the board, when tossing.
The score is calculated by awarding 3 points to bags that go through the hole and 1 point for bags that land on the board. First to 21 wins. In a tournament points are canceled out, for example, if one team gets 5 points and the other team gets 3 points then the winning team is awarded 2 points.
Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller target or object ball called a pallina. There are four balls per team with each set of balls being a different color. Teams can be made up of one, two, or even four players.
A team that wins a coin toss will throw out the pallina ball into the court and then get the first Bocce ball toss at the pallina. The object of the game is to get your Bocce ball closest to the pallina and get awarded points.
Only one team scores in a frame. One point is awarded for each ball that is closer to the pallina than the closest ball of the opposing team. Games are played to 16 points with the first team reaching 16 points being the winner of a game.
The object of badminton is to hit the shuttlecock over the net and have it land in your opponents court. If your opponent manages to return the shuttlecock then you try to return. If you force your opponent to miss or to hit the shuttlecock out of bounds or into the net then you win a point. You are required to win 21 points to win a set with most matches being best of 3 sets. Points can be won on either serve.
Lawn Yahtzee (Yardzee)
Yardzee has the same rules as the table game Yahtzee. The only difference is the dice are bigger and designed to play on the lawn. The object of the game is to roll the dice and try to fill each category on your sheet to score the highest amount of points.
This game of skill and strategy begins by stacking the wooden blocks to build a tower. Then, take turns moving pieces until the tower falls over. Try to keep your hand steady! It sounds simple but it can be a little nerve-racking as you carefully remove pieces from the unstable tower.
Croquet can be played by two, four, or six players The object of the game is to hit your balls through the course of six hoops in the right order in each direction and finish by hitting them against the center peg. The side which completes the course first with both balls wins.
Disc Golf is played just like traditional golf, but with frisbees instead of balls and clubs. One throw, or stroke as it’s referred to, is counted each time the disc is thrown and when a penalty is incurred. The goal is to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible. The player with the lowest total strokes for the course wins.
In ladder ball each player has 3 ball bolas, which are 2 balls balls attached by a nylon rope. The color of the bolas is indicated by the player. The object of ladder ball is to toss the bolas underhanded while trying to wrap the bolas around the steps of the ladder golf set.
To play, space the game ladders about 15 feet apart and start tossing your bolas. Each player tosses all 3 bolas, then the next player tosses all 3 bolas. The first one to 21 without going over is the winner! The top rung is worth 3 points, the middle is 2, and the bottom rung is 1 point.
To play horseshoes each player pitches both shoes followed by the opponent’s two shoes.
In pitching a shoe, the player may not cross the foul line, which is the stake. When playing teams, half the team throws from one stake and half throws from the other.
Games can be played to 40 points and any shoe must be within one horseshoe-width of the stake to be considered for points. This can be measured across the outside of the open end of the shoe. The closest shoe to the stake gets 1 point and If you have two shoes closer than any of your opponent’s, you get 2 points. Ringers are worth 3 points each and must completely encircle the stake. If your opponent throws a ringer on top of yours, they cancel each other out and no points are scored. Leaners are worth 1 point and are considered closer than any adjacent shoe except ringers.
To Play, clear an area of approximately 6 feet by 30 feet to use as the alley. At one end of the alley, establish a throwing line where players will stand to take their turn. On the opposite end of the alley, arrange the pins in a triangle shape. The distance between the throwing line and the front pin should be 24 feet.
The game is played by two teams who play a series of rounds. In a round, every player is allowed three rolls with their team’s ball. Each player’s turn starts with all the pins standing. The ball must be rolled down the length of the alley and not thrown. If the first or second roll results in all pins being knocked down, they are all reset. One pin is worth one point; the maximum score in one turn is thirty points. The total number of points scored by each team member are added together. The team with the highest score wins the round. The first team to win five rounds wins the match.
There you have it, 10 fun outdoor games you can play at the campground. Now go laugh and build memories!