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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Pterodactyl - This game is very much like Zip Zip Bonk, but I think its much more fun...
Punchinella - This is a circle game that gets kids moving with a fun melody....
Pyramid Piggyback Portage - Divide the group into teams of 8- 10 people. If possible, have an even...
Question Game - Question game Arrange the group in a circle. In order, each person...
Quick Draw - There are two draw positions in this game. The first is with both hands...
Quiet on the Set - All the kids have to be completely silent. Anybody who makes noise is...
Radar - Get the group into a circle with one blindfolded person in a chair in...
Rainbow Bingo - Make a bingo sheet with 9 different colors. Then hide 9 crayons (of the...
Rainbow Tag - Around a designated area are different colors of paint in little cups...
Red Handed - 1. Have everyone stand in a circle next to each other with one person in...
Red Light, Green Light - In this game, one person plays the ‘stop light’ and the rest try to...
Red light/Green light - In this game, one person plays the ‘stop light’ and the rest try to...
Red Robin - This game works best when played around a house or building. Players all...
Reverse Tag - First you choose who is it. Then the people that are NOT IT count to...
Rhythm Game - Everyone is in a circle. One camper closes their eyes or steps out of...
Rhythm Magic - This is a fun and creative activity. Someone starts by using their...
Ride That Pony - A fun singing camp game! To start the game, one person stands in...
Riding on a Donkey - Everyone stands in a circle chanting "Here comes ____, ridin' on a...
Robot Roundup - Have the campers join into pairs, 1 as the robot and the other as the...
Rock, Paper, Scissors Posse - This is fun large group adaptation of Rock, Paper, Scissors. To play,...
Rope Push - Split the group into half, and identify an imaginary line that separates...
Run Around the Town - Divide the group into two teams. Line up the outfield team as you would...
Rustlers and Settlers - The group forms two teams of equal numbers. One is called the Rustlers...
Samurai Warrior - 1. Everyone stands in a circle around or in a line in front of one...
Sarkin Dingon - Every camper gets a partner. To begin, simply ask that the pair...
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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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