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Camp Games

Camp Games

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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  Meltdown Tag - One person is "it". If they tag anyone, that person must begin to "melt...
  Merry Go round - Have four campers about the same height sit back to back in middled of...
  Messy Twister - 1.Lay out some butcher paper on the ground about the size of a twister...
  Mind games - One up, one down - One person leaves the group, and the rules are explained. People...
  Mingle, Mingle - Have the entire group crowd into the middle space and say out loud...
  Mint Game - All you need for this game is one or more boxes of mints (Peppermint...
  Minute Jogging - Have the kids stand up and close their eyes. Then tell them to start...
  Minute Mysteries - IV - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries I - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries II - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries III - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries IX - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries V - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries VI - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries VII - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries VIII - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries X - Present the clues to the group. They can ask only yes or no questions...
  Minute Mysteries XI - Clue: A man is found dead in the middle of the desert, lying on a rock....
  Minute Mystery XI - Give a description of a crime scene and the students have to figure out...
  Minute Zappers Clapping Game - Standing in front of the group, the leader passes her hands in a back...
  Monarch - Set-up Create boundaries for a playing area. Make it big enough for...
  Monday Comics - Monday Comics is an activity that requires creative thinking, a sense of...
  Monkey soccer - Play soccer, but you can only use your arms to hit the ball. You cannot...
  Most Likely - This activity is best when when campers or bunks know each other....
  Mother, May I? - One person serves as the "Mother" (or Grandmother, or even Father or...
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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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