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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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  Mr. and Mrs. Right - Have everyone stand. Read the story. When you say "right" everyone takes...
  Mr. Mayor, Mr. Mayor - Four chairs are placed in a row, one behind the other. Campers sit...
  Mummy - Lots of camper s spread out around a boundary area and not too far away...
  Mushroom - Call out carrots, peas, brussel sprouts, etc. On word mushroom make...
  Musical Balls - Place balls in the center of the area adding up to 1 less then the...
  Musical Items - This game works well at large events. Set up like musical chairs and...
  Musical Sleeping Bags - This is like musical chairs. Lay the sleeping bags in a circle. There...
  My Aunt Loves Coffee but she Hates - Everyone sits in a circle, and each person makes a statement. For...
  Name That Grub - Various food items are put into regular paper grocery bags. One item for...
  Name Three - Sit in a circle with one camper in the middle that hides his eyes while...
  Name Toss - Here are the common rules: 1) Arrange the group in a circle. 2)...
  Ninja Time: For Hemlock - Red Light, Green Light mixed with Capture the Flag. The kids are...
  Noodle Hockey - The name nearly says it all... It's hockey, but with noodles! Replace...
  North by Northeast - The leader gathers the group together. Using the compass, they all learn...
  Number off - Have the group either walking around in a certain area or simply...
  One Frog - Everyone gets in a circle and sits crossed legged. One person will start...
  One to Ten - Have the group spread out in a large area. The leader gives one...
  Orbit - 1. Divide into two groups. 2. One group lies on the ground in a circle...
  Otters and Clams Tag - Set up a flat playing area with boundaries big enough for the entire...
  Over Take - Divide group into at least 5 teams with 4 or more players per team....
  Pac Man - This game is for camps with basketball courts with lines. Rules:...
  Paper Airplane Contests - Give the group a stack of paper, and challenge them to see who can make...
  Park Ranger - This game is quick and simple to learn! Especially when played with a...
  Partner Pudding Feed - Groups of two they will stand in front of a bowl of pudding. One stands...
  Pass the Banana - Form a circle with all players sitting on the floor. It is important...
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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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