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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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  Pass the Parcel - 1. Children form a circle on the floor, sitting close to one another....
  Patriotic Colors - The leader sits in the middle of the circle, points to a player and...
  Peek-A-Who - Split the group into two teams. Each team sits behind one side of the...
  Pencil in the bottle - This is a hilarious game and can either be played one-by-one or in a...
  People Machine - Divide group into even numbered teams (4-8 participants are ideal)....
  People to People - Pair up in groups of two and stand back to back. Make sure participants...
  Photo Album - Break into groups of 4 to 10 people. One person will be the owner of...
  Pickle/Hotbox - Split the group into two groups and then place them about 30-40 feet...
  Picture Puzzles - 1. Cut pictures from a magazine so that there are half as many pictures...
  Pigs Fly - The children should stand in a group facing the leader. Each child...
  Pipety-Pop - Players sit or stand in a circle, and "It" is in the middle. He...
  Pizza Game - The object of the game is to get from one side of a field/gym to the...
  Poison Ball - Separate the group into four teams. Set up a square playing field...
  Poison Club - Form a circle and clasp hands. An object such as a tin can or a rock is...
  Polar Bear Club - 1. Gather the group in a circle around a table or on the floor of a...
  Polaroid - This is like one of those story-building games, only it's all about...
  Poop Deck - With a large rope (or use a square in the dirt or whatever you can find)...
  Poop Deck Revised - Line the kids up shoulder to shoulder along a line. Explain the...
  Popcorn - You need a parachute - no strings - with a hole in the middle, and 20 or...
  Popcorn (Revised/Updated) - 1. Children circle around the parachute. 2. Two teams are created on...
  Popstick Slapshot - Divide the group into two teams. Place two nets at the same end of the...
  Prince and Princess Day - SíMORES What you need: ∑ 1 marshmallow per camper. ∑ 2 Graham...
  Prop-a-Skit - Split all of the campers up into groups of 5-12 (by cabin, or grade,...
  Prui - 1. Blindfold all players and gather them in a common area. 2. All...
  Psychiatrist - One person leaves the room. Everyone in the circle decides on a certain...
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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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