The washer toss game is a perfect game to take on your next car camping trip. It's portable, it's fun for the whole family, and it's easy to learn.
Washer toss is similar to horseshoes, but easier to learn and more practical for young children. (Have you tried horseshoes? Getting a ringer is not so easy!)
One of the great things about family camping is the opportunity to play together.
From toddlers to teens to grandparents, anyone who can pick up and drop a washer can play this game.
Not everyone wants to go backpacking or bike riding or wave surfing. Bringing along an easy game like washer toss (or Ladderball or Cornhole or Bocce) means that even the more sedentary types can enjoy a game.
There are no complicated rules to learn or skills to develop. Just grab the gear and start tossing the washers!
Washer toss requires very little gear:
If you are handy, you can make a set, either using plans or just winging it. You can also buy commercially-made sets. Some are made of wood and some are plastic. This version packs up neatly inside itself.
You could even dig a hole in the sand, sink a tin can, and use sticks to outline a square around it!
Whatever equipment you use, the aim of the game remains the same: to get your washers into the target.
There are many variations on the rules. Be sure that you all agree on the rules before you begin.
Here's one way to play:
The starting line can be about 20 paces back from the target. You can make it closer or farther to suit your players.
Scoring is very easy! Keep reading...
Keep playing until someone reaches 21 points.
In this photo, red has just earned 4 points, and blue has 3.
After supper and before the campfire begins is a perfect time to play a round or two of the washer toss game. Or play in the middle of the afternoon, when it's too hot to do anything more strenuous!