SPORTS PERFECT FOR WHEN CAMPING
For the competitive ones out there, here are some great sports and games that you should get the equipment for and pack when you’re going camping.
FOOTY, RUGBY, CRICKET
The Australian favourites you know and love are of course going to be the first ones you think of, as you probably have the gear already. Just think about what might be best for kids that are going camping and how these sports can be quite rough. Perhaps get a plastic cricket set and use a tennis ball, and for the football use a softer spongy ball and adapt the rules such as ‘touch’ replacing tackles.
Great for in the river or on land, all you need is a net and ball, and then to look for two trees at the right distance from each other!
Portable basketball rings are easily available and can be set up and dismantled without too much bother, probably less time then you need for your tent. Of course, you need the basketball as well, and to find a spot that has a hard surface to bounce it on.
WATER GUN FIGHT
If you’re camping in summer then don’t forget to pack your water guns to play in teams and see who can be the victor. You could include a capture the flag style activity, or just relax and everyone plays solo trying to get as many people as possible before the tank runs dry.
Not just for the older generation anymore, lawn bowls it a great sport to play camping as you can share some drinks and play at the same time. Borrow the balls from your grandpa or plan for the future and get your own new ones, and find a relatively flat spot of land to play.
GLOW IN THE DARK BOWLING
This game is great for camping, as most other sports you wouldn’t be able to do at night on a campsite. You need to buy some glow sticks and collect 10 x 2-litre bottles. Crack the glow sticks and put them in the bottles then fill them with water. Set them up in a triangle and roll your ball to try to knock them down.
Just as above with the basketball rings, also soccer goals that are easy to put up and don’t take up too much space packed down are readily available. After setting it up all you need to worry about is who has to be the poor goalie defending it.
While not exactly a sport, this is a fun activity that you can set up and get people using their skills to find objects or clues hidden in the bush. Be sure to set up a perimeter and if playing with young kids have a lot of adults supervising so that they don’t go too far.
Do you have any other favourite sports you play while camping? Share your comments below.