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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Keep on Tracking - Divide the players into teams of three people. Each team requires a...
Kick the Can - It is played the same as hide and seek, except a tin can is set up in a...
Kidnap the Counselor - Divide the group into teams and have each counselor or staff member lie...
King Lizard or King Frog - Everyone sits in the circle and picks an animal, a motion and a noise...
King of the Crate - Divide your group in two teams. Have each team stand in line behind...
Kingpin - Kingpin is a combination of Bombardment and Jailbreak. This activity...
Kings and Queens - The group stands in a circle and the leader closes his eyes and drops a...
Knight Horse Cavalier - Have the kids pair up. The partners split off to opposite sides of...
Lemonade - This game is a charades-based game where players act out occupations....
Let Me in the Circle - The group forms a large circle holding hands, with their backs to the...
Lift the Pail - Divide the group into smaller groups of five or six people. This...
Line Ups - The group lines up according to any variable you can think of to use....
Lions Cub - Select a person to be the Lion, have the lion sit with their backs to...
Little Geese - Begin by telling the kids that you have a special chant to keep...
Little Sally Walker - Get everone in a circle with one person in the middle. The person in...
Lizard Tag - This game can be played with any sized group as long as there are an...
Magic Stories - Magic Stories This activity involves the whole class creating a story...
Manner of the Adverb - Two people go out (It could be one person, but when two people go out,...
Marshmallow Dodgeball - Play Dodgeball with the large Marshmallows
Marshmallow Shooter - You can make these fun props for indoor target practice and exciting...
Marshmallow Toss - Everyone sits in a circle so that each person has a clear view of each...
Mass Kickball - You need a kickball for every player on the team who is "up," 3 or more...
Mat Tag - First you simply take any and all the mats that you have at your camp....
Meet My Friend - Players are taken on a short hike during which time each person collects...
Meltdown Tag - One person is "it". If they tag anyone, that person must begin to "melt...
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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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