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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Garbage Ball - Place two clean garbage pails at a desired distance from each other...
Garbage Collector - Teams consist of one goalie and any number of forwards and guards. Each...
Ghost (passive) - Three or four players are chosen to be the ghosts. The rest of the group...
Giants, Wizards and Elves - Split group up into 2 teams, designate 2 safety zones, one on each teams...
Glow-in-the-dark Dodgeball - This is a perfect game for overnights. Can be played at night in a...
Go Fish! - Form 3 teams (or more for larger groups). Campers give their group...
Go-Tag - 1. Everyone squats in a line, facing alternate directions, think of the...
Going to a Party - You need a least 2 people that know the game. It starts with someone...
Good Night, Grannie - Divide the group into two teams, and have each team stand in a straight...
Grab the Pig - Divide the group into two teams (each team should have at least 4 or 5)....
Grandma's Underpants - One person is "it" and all the kids sit in a circle and the "it" stands...
Grandma's Underpants - Have the group sit in a circle. One person is "it" and stands in the...
Granny's Candy - This game is played by groups, teams or cabins. You start the game off...
Group Knot - Have the campers stand in a tight circle, with their hands in the...
Guess Who - It is like the board game Guess Who. You divide the group into two teams...
Guess Who Is In The Sleeping Bag - Set out everyone's sleeping bag on the floor in a big area. Take one...
Ha Ha Ha! - Have everyone lie in a circle with each otherís headís on each otherís...
Hackball - HACKBALL this is essentially like 4 square. the main difference is that...
Hagoo - 1. Two line stand facing each other and become teams. 2. One player...
Hand and Foot - Have the person or group sitting at a table with a paper and a writing...
Hand Land - Have the group lie on their backs, with their heads together, like...
Hand Puppets - This is cool and kids can get really creative here. Use...
Hand Tricks - Here are a few quick games to play with your kids when you have a few...
Have You Ever? or Postman - Everyone stands or sits in a circle in front of a place marker, such as...
Hazoo (passive) - Choose someone to be it and divide the group into 2 parallel lines....
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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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