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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Hula Hoop Pass - Have the group form a circle holding hands. Ask two people to let go of...
Hula Wars - Divde groups into two teams. Teams form a line and face off, with the...
Human Pinball - 1. Everyone stands in a circle facing outward except one (the dodger)...
Human Tic-Tac-Toe - Mark a tic-tac-toe board on the ground. Split the group into two...
I Can Tap This Stick Just Right (similar to Is this a Stick?) - You need a stick to tap the ground or even just a pencil to tap your...
I Have Never - Everyone is sitting in a circle of chairs except for the person in the...
I'm Going on a Picnic - The first person starts the game by saying,"I'm goin on a picnic and I'm...
I'm Going to Grandpa's House -- Mind Game - At least one person knows the "answer" and starts off with "I'm going to...
Icicle - Designate an area in which to play. Everyone stands in a shoulder to...
Immobile Bovine - Choose 2 people in the group to start as “The Jokers.” The rest of the...
In My Grandmother's Attic - The first player says, "In my grandmother's attic, I found (name...
In Someone Else's Shoes - Give a situation to your group. They are on an Island that has just had...
Indiana Jones - This game is a cross between an obstacle course and dodgeball. Build...
Indoor Hockey - You set up 4 chairs, 2 on each side of the room and place each pair of...
Indoor Olymics - Using abnormal objects to hold an Olympics. For example using straws...
Indy Five Hundred - The group should be sitting in a circle and numbered 1-4. Give each...
Iron Campers - This activity is similar to "Iron Chef America" but instead of a set...
It Could be Worse - Set up the group in a circle or in pairs. The starting player says...
Jab-er-quackie - 1. Get the group in a circle. 2. Pick 1 person to be outside of the...
Jack O light - Nighttime tag without the running. Set up some safe boundaries....
Jimmy Jimmy Woo - The peron in the know will hold up a hand (doesn't matter which hand and...
Joke & Punchline - Set-up: Write a joke on one card and a punchline on another. Be sure to...
Jousting - This is a great, quick game! Version 1: Campers pair up and face...
Judge Nature Says - Every player chooses the name of an animal they would like to represent....
Kaos - This game is a mixture of everyone's-it-tag, octopus and dodgeball. The...
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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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