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In this age of technology, where we’re all constantly connected to our electronic devices, a road trip can be a great time to relax, slow down and spend some quality time interacting with family and friends, face-to-face.
On your next camping trip, rediscover what it’s like to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun. Pull out classic games like chess, checkers, backgammon and cribbage. Or bring out your family’s favorite board games from the past.
Games are great because you can play them with old friends or use them as a fun way to “break the ice” and make new ones. You can start a game that lasts an hour or one that lasts all weekend - stopping and starting as it fits your schedule.
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Farkle - Two Players and Up
Farkle is an age-old dice game that has many other names, like Greed, 10,000, Hot Dice, Squelch, Zilch, or Zonk. All you need to play is a set of 6 dice and some paper for scoring. It’s easy to learn, easy to play, easy to score and can be enjoyed by players of all ages. You need at least two players, but the game can be played with as many players as you wish – the more players the more fun. Get the full rules
Hand and Foot - Best with Four Players and Up
Hand and Foot is a North American game related to Canasta. Each player is dealt two sets of cards using one as the “hand” and one as the “foot." There are numerous variations of the game and no “standard” rules. You can either play as individuals or as teams. The most common version of the game is played with four players in partnerships; it can also be played by six people in two teams of three or by any number of individuals. The following rules are for our “favorite” way to play with four people, two teams of two. Get the full rules.
Shanghai Rummy - Three to Eight Players
Contract Rummy is the general name given for a whole class of Rummy games, all sharing two specific characterisitics: a specfic number of deals comprise a game and in each deal a "contract" or a particular, predtermined pattern of melds, are required to lay down any cards. Shanghai Rummy is a version with more contracts and wilder scoring. Get the full rules.
Washers - Two to Four Players
Washers, washoes, Texas horseshoes, holey board or washer toss are a few of the names for the traditional American backyard game of skill. Whatever you like to call it, it's a fun way to pass time while camping and having fun with family and friends. From washer pits on the beaches and in backyards, to “portable” washer boards, you can set it up anywhere. Since pitching washers are lighter than horseshoes, it can be played in an area that has limited space by adults and kids alike. Rules vary slightly, depending on the type of washer board you choose to play with. Get the full rules.
Ladder Ball - Two to Four Players
Commonly a backyard or campground toss game known as Ladder Golf, Bolo Toss, Boloball or Hillbilly Golf. Some speculate that the game may have originated as early as the 1900's and believe the bola is a stand-in for a live snake, which cowboys in the western United States used to throw at fences or branches for points.
The game is played with two or more players or teams. Each player has 3 golf ball bolas. A bola is two golf balls attached by a nylon rope. The object of the game is to wrap your bolas around the rungs of the ladder. The ladder consists of 3 rungs, a top, middle and a bottom rung. Get the full rules.
September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s a good time to review your camping safety plans to protect your family from illness or injury.
There are so many ways for kids to have fun on a camping trip, and with a little advance planning, you can make sure you’ll never hear those dreaded words, “We’re bored!” Here are a few ideas:
Gathering around the campfire at the end of the day is a longstanding tradition that people have engaged in for centuries.