Being gathered outside and unplugged is the ideal time for some structured competition. And a campsite is the perfect setting for classic backyard, card, and adventure games, whether you’re with friends or family. Here are 15 go-to games and outdoor diversions, optimized for camp play.
Throwing & Rolling Games
There are quite a few versions of the ever-popular tossing game, all of which involve throwing or rolling something at a target. All of them are fun, ideal for campsite play, and a hit with kids. In many cases, you can take the same version of a game that you’d use in your backyard. But lighter, more compact versions are often available, making them easier to pack and carry.
One of the classic tossing games, a cornhole set includes two slanted boards with a hole near the top and beanbags for two teams to toss.
2. Ladder Toss
This version of the throwing contest (also called ladder ball) has players toss bolos at a three-tiered ladder, earning more points for the more difficult rungs to hook.
3. Ring Toss
In this favorite carnival game, players throw lightweight rings at a series of posts. You can buy a complete set (many include an X-shaped frame with several posts), or just buy the rings and set up bottles or cans as targets.
Go for a ringer: Toss horseshoes at a distant post. Here’s one game that’s definitely worth seeking out in a lightweight version: Plastic or rubber horseshoes travel much better than heavy metal ones.
Win this game by rolling your balls closer to the pallino ball than your opponents. Typical bocce balls are heavy, so a lightweight set is a great choice for camping.
Make things competitive with a mini disc golf set, or keep it casual by just tossing the Frisbee around. Bonus fun: Get a glow-in-the-dark Frisbee and keep playing when the sun goes down.
7. Yard Bowling
Knock down as many pins as possible, reset, and repeat.
This peculiar Nordic lawn game involves strategy plus the fun of tossing wooden batons to knock down your opponents setup. Most importantly, it packs up well and can be played on almost any terrain.