Best Outdoor Games for Camping | 7 Rousing Games to Excite

Best Outdoor Games for Camping

Games are a pivotal part of staving off family boredom during camping trips so we’ve reminisced on the best outdoor games for camping so you can make the next generation of great memories in the wild.

Introduction

Best Outdoor Games for Camping

Growing up in the Midwest, there was nothing I enjoyed more than a Sunday afternoon filled with good friends, delicious food, and a rousing game of cornhole. Are you not from the Midwest and have no idea what I mean by a rousing game of cornhole? You’ve probably heard of it referred to as bags, sack toss, or bean bag toss. No matter what you call it, cornhole is guaranteed fun for everyone! It’s also a great game for camping, parties, and other outdoor activities! It is worth it to invest in a quality set, which typically includes 2 boards and 8 bean bags.

Cornhole isn’t the only outdoor game perfect for camping! Besides cornhole, I loved bocci ball, dominos, and of course card games! (What I didn’t love was losing every game of euchre to my dad!) These memories of playing games around the campfire with my family will last a lifetime, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Reminiscing on these good memories had me thinking about what the best outdoor games for camping are, and I decided to find out! I’m so excited to share all of the information I learned and some of my personal recommendations for different games. Through my research, I learned the best outdoor games for camping are cornhole, bocce ball, ladder toss, roundnet, horseshoes, and tabletop games such as dominos and cards. Below, I’ll explain a bit about the rules of each game, their pros and cons, and my recommendation for the best outdoor game for you and your family!

1. Cornhole / Bags

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Cornhole (or bags, sack toss, or bean bag toss) is a four-person game where players take turns attempting to toss hand-sized bean bags into a hole in a board about 30 feet away. Getting the bean bag onto the board or in the hole earns points, first to 21 wins! See more detailed rules here.

Pros

  • Simple rules and scoring
  • Easy to pick up
  • Can use tournaments to incorporate more players
  • Best played outdoors!

Cons

  • Wood Boards are large and heavy for anything more than car camping
  • Requires 2 or 4 players

Himal Portable Cornhole Boards

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These collapsible boards are lighter than the traditional bags board, making them perfect for camping!

GoSports Classic Cornhole Set

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This set comes with a carrying case and is both UV and water-resistant to ensure it can hold up in the hot summer sun.

2. Bocci Ball

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Bocci Ball is a simple game where players try to toss heavy balls as close as they can to a smaller target ball. The game is usually played with two teams of 1 to 4 players. While some areas have actual Bocci Ball courts, you can play pretty much anywhere you have a mostly flat surface, making it one of the best outdoor games for campers! See the complete rules here

Pros

  • Compact in comparison to some other outdoor games
  • Can be played with things like Pinecones or whiffle balls in a pinch

Cons

  • Actual Bocci balls are kind of heavy

GoSports Backyard Bocce Set

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This Bocce set comes with 8 balls and a light up version if you want to be able to play through the night (and be sure not to lose any of them!)

3. Ladder Toss

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Ladder Toss is a lawn game where players earn points by throwing three bolas (sets of golf balls connected by rope) onto a PVC pipe (or wood) ‘ladder’. Each rung of the ladder is worth a different amount of points and players take turns tossing in teams until the score limit is reached. See the full rules here.

Pros

  • Easy to take apart and carry
  • Very light
  • Easy and cheap to make out of PVC pipe

Cons

  • Typically better for two players

Ladder Toss Set

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This Ladder Toss comes with a carrying case and is easy to set up and take down at the campsite! There’s no real reason to spend a lot of money on a fancy ladder toss set, and be careful that you don’t get one with glue already in the seams since you won’t be able to take it apart later!

4. Washer Toss

Washer toss is another throwing game where players attempt to toss metal or plastic washers into a hole in the middle of a box. Players can work alone or in teams of two and earn more points for landing in the hole (similar to bags!). Find the complete ruleset here

Pros

  • Lighter than beanbags
  • Can be easily made yourself

Cons

  • Bulky box design

Triumph Premium Washer Toss

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This washer set will get you everything you need to get started on your next camping trip!

5. Dominoes

Best Tabletop Game for Camping

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Dominoes are great tabletop games for camping because they can be used to play multiple different types of games (similar to playing cards) and are sturdy enough to withstand the beating of being outdoors all the time! For a few ways to play dominoes, check out this wikiHow.

Pros

  • Sturdy design to hold up outdoors
  • Versatile with multiple ways to have fun with the same materials

Cons

  • Need a flat surface (like a picnic table) to play on

GoSports Backyard Bocce Set

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This Bocce set comes with 8 balls and a light up version if you want to be able to play through the night (and be sure not to lose any of them!)

6. Spikeball / Roundnet

Best Active Campground Game

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Spikeball involves 2 – 6 hitting a ball on a net between each other and attempting to cause an error by the other player (similar to volleyball and foursquare combined). Most commonly played with two teams of two people, players work together to earn points by making the other team fail to return the ball. Read more about Spikeball rules and strategies here

Pros

  • Active sport in a small area
  • Foldable design is portable

Cons

  • Requires specialized equipment to play

Spikeball Standard Ball Kit

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This Bocce set comes with 8 balls and a light up version if you want to be able to play through the night (and be sure not to lose any of them!)

7. Capture The Flag

Best Free Camping Game

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Capture the flag and other childhood yard games are great for campgrounds! They can handle as many players as are willing to join and can be made even better at night by using flashlights as the flags themselves.

Pros

  • Unlimited amount of players!
  • Can be played pretty much anywhere

Cons

Conclusion

Hopefully, we’ve sparked some memories of your past camping trips but if we’ve missed any of your favorites in our list of best outdoor games for camping – let us know on Twitter!

These games can be played at campgrounds in Chicago to the Quad Cities as long as you have the best camping equipment to keep you warm and dry!

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4 Camping Gear Kickstarters Nobody Needed in 2020

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This year has been ripe for odd inventions as everyone is stuck in their homes! Take a look at these Kickstarter fails and camping gear that nobody asked for in 2020! While we usually try to find quality gear for everyone, here we’ve pulled together forks that are certain to cut your mouth, packs that are already full of questionably useful gimmicks, and a particularly dangerous pole awaits you below…

1. EATI Titanium Spork

Kickstarter Fail | Sharpen Your Tongue

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The EATI titanium utensil is a great example of a good idea that went a bit too far. In their quest to add everything in the western world into one tiny spork shovel, they forgot one key thing, holding onto a knife is bad for the normal human. By adding a blade into the handle, the rest of the titanium piece is useless (except maybe the bottle opener but try to find a gadget around camp without a bottle opener these days)!

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Their media shows everyone just choking up on the fork itself, which would work but puts a LOT of confidence into never slipping too far back, or even forgetting about the blade while cleaning up! There are easier ways to cut and eat on the trail, especially for over $20 a spork-knife. Here’s a $10 titanium spork instead. Then you can just get a $5 or $10 titanium knife and still stay set on budget and ~safe eating~.

2. TRAJET Backpack of Junk

Kickstarter Fail | Do Nothing with Everything

The TRAJET backpack is a fantastic way to spend $230 to get budget versions of everything you may actually need backpacking. The kickstarter boasts that this backpack comes with:

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  • Pop Out Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Fold-Up Grill
  • Outdoor Solar Shower
  • Cooking & Dining Gear
  • Built-In Cooler
  • Eternal Flashlight
  • Multi-Tool
  • “Every Tool you Can Imaging”

Some of these things alone will run you north of $200 if you want to survive your first storm. Especially when it comes to buying tents or cooking gear. The pop-up tent in the video looks like it would buckle at the first sign of high wind and rain. While this tent is marketed as a ‘bug out bag’ or full gear loadout for a first camping trip, you’d have a hard time surviving more than 36 hours with just the equipment included. On the bright side, your drinks will stay cold! You’d probably be better off putting your money into a real backpacking backpack.

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This tent does not inspire confidence. (Kickstarter)

3. Exod Arc Tent

Kickstarter Fail | Puncture Guaranteed

If you’ve ever punctured your sleeping pad, just wait till you puncture your whole tent! The Exod Arc Tent is a hammock style tent with an inflatable frame. After a long day on the trail, just find two to four trees of fair strength to hold the multiple lines it requires, blow up your tent, and then you can climb up and relax. Just hope a field mouse doesn’t try to take a nibble after running across the new ‘branches’ that your tent/hammock created!

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Overall, inflatable gear is a tough sell for reliability out in the backwoods or when you’re camping in more primitive campgrounds. If weight is your worry, maybe one of these small tents would work better!

4. Trekking Pole Multitool

Kickstarter Fail | Stab the Earth, or Yourself

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Why does everyone insist on putting knives into places they don’t belong? Even regular trekking poles can break and turn into sharp sources of problems on a steep downhill while you’re really putting your weight on them! These guys can turn lethal if anything goes wrong. Not to mention that a double-sided knife and saw combination is already challenging to do anything useful with. One slip of the grip and you might need a first aid multi-tool instead Unless you’re looking for an outdoor themed sword-cane, these poles are pretty unlikely to do you any good.

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Closing

Think we got it wrong? Really love your sword-cane Trekking Pole Multitool? Let us know about your favorite gear or other comments by sending an email!

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