Outdoor Campground Games

Cornhole

Cornhole at Mystic

Cornhole is a popular game for campers. It’s a game that’s fun for all ages. We have seen it set up at almost every campground we have been to. It’s also a great game for bbq’s, picnics, and block parties. It’s a simple game to play that in some ways is similar to horseshoes. As with almost any games, there are the serious players and there are the family fun players. I will discuss the family fun version here. I will post a link to the Official Cornhole rules from the American Cornhole Organization at the bottom of this page.

Cornhole

 

What Do I Need To Play?

To play cornhole you will need 2 boards measuring 4′ x 2′. The boards will have a hole on one end. One end will also have legs making the board tilt up on the end with the hole. You will also need 2 sets of 4 bean bags. The picture shown above is a higher quality set available through Amazon.

Cornhole sets can be bought in many varieties. Many companies design the boards with flags, NFL teams, cars, and just about anything else. The board construction ranges from a cheap wood design and poorly made bean bags to higher quality boards and bean bags. If you are going to be moving the game around to different locations we recommend a higher quality board like the one shown below.

Cornhole
This board made by Tailgating Pros is an example of a higher quality set and is available through Amazon with free shipping

 

How Do We Play?/What Are The Rules?

Cornhole is played with either one or two person teams. In a singles game, one player would stand next to each board. They would alternate throwing their bags until each person was out of bags. A bag that goes through the hole is worth 3 points. It does not matter if it went through on a throw or you or your opponent knocked it in with another bag, Any bag that is still on the board after all bags have been thrown is worth one point. There are many different ways to keep score in corn hole. I will give you the two most popular versions.

Version 1– After all bags are thrown the scores are tallied up and each person/team gets whatever the value of their score is. For example, if team 1 throws one cornhole and lands two on the board they would score 5 points. If team 2 throws 2 cornholes and land 2 on the board they would score 8.

Version 2– After all bags are thrown, each team tallies up their points. If team 1 scored 5 and team 2 scored 8, you would deduct the lower score from the higher score and the difference is the points that would go to the team with the higher number. In the example of version 1, since team 2 scored 8 and team one only scored 5, after deducting 5 from 8 teams two would be awarded 3 points for the round.

If you are playing teams, the only difference would be that 2 players (one from each team) would stand at each one of the cornhole boards. They would then alternate throws.

How Does The Game End?

You can choose the number that wins before you start the game. Many people chose to use 11 or 21 depending on which system of scoring they use.

 

Official Rules From The Official Cornhole Organization

 




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