Family time and friend time is sacred. So many things demand our attention, what little time we do spend with them should be well-spent. Unfortunately, there is such a wealth of choices available that it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s where the great outdoors comes in. Humans thrive on competition, and we all enjoy a healthy dose of it. It feels good to win something, no matter how small the prize. Partaking in outdoor hobbies with the family is also a great way to bond over a fun, healthy few hours.

Healthy competition is the best kind of competition, especially with loved ones. So, here are the top three activities for you and your family to consider trying out!

 

Treasure Hunting

This one requires a lot of meticulous planning, but it’s worth it in the end. Everyone has seen Pirates of the Caribbean and dreamed of hunting down treasure. In this case, sadly, the treasure isn’t gold. The basic concept revolves around an unbiased party placing sweets or objects in hidden places. This person will be the referee, of sorts. Once the objects are in place, two teams will set about finding them, and whoever finds the most wins.

This is a great way to get people of all ages in on the action. Older and less mobile relatives can stay close to home and scour their immediate area. Kids and adults with more energy can roam further, and explore every nook and cranny. Whether you do this in your backyard or in the local woods, it’s an extremely fun way to reward an inquisitive mind. Just don’t forget where you hid all the stuff.

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Fishing

Probably the most relaxing hobby on this list (and in general), fishing is a simple sport that anyone can enjoy. You and your family could attempt to see who can catch the biggest fish or the smallest! Or, attempt to catch a specific breed to really hone your skills.

There is a misconception that people who fish sit for hours on end doing nothing. In reality, you could get a catch within minutes.

If that isn’t enough, you can even go one step further with this. Why not weigh your catches? A website like http://www.fishingtournamentscale.com/ can offer you specialized fishing scales to do just that. Who says healthy competition can’t have a clear winner?

War of the Forts!

One of few activities you can set up and host in a garden of any size, fort building is incredible fun. For the uninitiated, this hobby revolves around two teams building and upgrading a fort in an allotted time. Once that time is up, it’s time to go to war. You have to use throwing objects to knock down the opposing fort, and the last house standing is the winner.

This is a great way for kids to express their creativity with the fort-building. They can use cardboard boxes, sticks and tape to protect their stronghold from attack. Because the stakes are low, the healthy competition will flourish in spades.

For more outdoor goodness, check out our list of these incredible sports you should be doing.