There is more to camp games than kick-ball or four-square! The key to a fun summer lies in your ability to offer ever-changing, age-appropriate, and interactive games to your campers.

The categories below will take you to hundreds of different games. Feel free to change the rules or add a personal touch.

We encourage you to play all activities using the "everybody plays - everybody wins" philosophy. Whenever possible, don't keep score, change the rules, and most of all - have fun!


Update: Check out our Camp Game Videos Section to see many of our favorite games in action!
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1-2-3-Look - This is a very simple game that can include the entire group. This is...
10 Pin Knockdown - Split campers into two equal teams and establish a square playing...
A What? - Equipment: 2 objects The leader of the game starts by passing the...
ABC Basketball - This game should be played by a basketball hoop. Children sit in a...
ABTwinkleHaveYouAnyWool - Based on the observation that the tune for the Alphabet song, for...
Action Syllables - With the group standing in a circle, have the participants each choose...
Adventures, Expeditions, and Storytelling - By Scott Arizala Once upon a time there was a camp counselor that...
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Ah Soh Gi (Ah So Koh) - Everyone sits in a circle, and learns the 3 commands and their...
Air Pong - Form two teams each at opposite ends of a table with hands held behind...
Air Raid - 1) First begin by marking out a starting line and a finishing line...
Alaskan Baseball - 1) Start with 2 teams. 2) One camper is given a throwable object,...
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - Group sits in a circle and chants "Ali Baba and the 40 thieves," while...
All On One Side - Your whole team starts on one side of a volleyball net with no one on...
All Over - Divide children into two equal groups. Each group should have the same...
Alphabet Actors - Divide players into groups of three or four. The leader then calls...
Amazon Women - You seperate the guys from the girls. They guys all lay down on the...
Ambush Game - The group splits up into two sub-groups which we will call A and B....
Amoeba Tag - Two people are it. They hold hands and chase people. Any person they...
Animal Alphabet - The leader starts with the name of an animal that starts with the letter...
Animal Guessing Game - Send one camper outside the group and explain to him/her that they are...
Animal Name Game - Arrange the group in a cirlce. Each person chooses to be a different...
Assassin - This is a game best played in a large group. We always played it with...
Auto Trip - Players sit in a circle and are assigned the names of auto parts. (ie....
B'gawk! (The chicken game!!) - Stand in a circle. Make two circles (one with each hand) with the index...
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Rules to Live By for Games at Camp:


  1. Participate with your campers.Campers will be most likely to play a game if you are actively participating. Enjoy yourself and be part of the group, but be cautious not to play at skill levels above your campers that make the game unfair or dangerous.

  2. Facilitate equal playing action for all participants. Be very mindful of how many times a camper has (ie) received the frisbee, or been chosen as captain. Quite often, less active campers are left on the sidelines while more athletic or outgoing children dominate the game. If you are playing any activity, find a way to keep activities moving and changing to give everyone equal quality playing time. This same principle applies to sports-minded children who may be uncomfortable playing dramatic games.

  3. Keeping score is not always important! You'll quickly find that by simply not keeping score, many games become more fun. Whenever possible, try to limit the focus on "winning" or "losing" and concentrate more on having fun, and staying active. This is not to say that you should never keep score - it's simply not always important...

  4. Re-invent any activity by changing the rules.Any game can be adapted to make it more interesting. Here are several adaptations of kickball as an example: Run the bases backwards, run them in reverse order, give all infielders water balloons to use to throw players out instead of the ball, hit the ball with a bat, use a beach ball, or have entire sides kick before rotating instead of having traditional outs.

  5. Learn games at all physical activity levels. Every group is different, and every day is different as well. Good counselors have a bag a tricks for the various personalities or weather conditions that they come across.

  6. Always, Always, Always encourage teamwork, fairplay, and sportsmanship! Set the tone right away - games are meant to be fun and should reflect the values of your camp. Set ground rules for physical or less active games alike, such as, "Only positive comments," or "No name-calling."

  7. Always stop the game while you're still having fun Campers will always want to return to a game that was stopped that they were enjoying. If you play a game until everyone is dropping out or arguing, that's how they will remember it.

  8. Let children lead games. Give campers an opportunity to be the group leader, explain the rules, choose captains, set boundaries, and arbitrate arguments. It helps build leadership skills, independence, and self-esteem.


Most of all... Have Fun!!! If you have any other "Rules to Live By..." let us know!





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