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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Sausage - Everyone sits in a circle. The person who is it stands in the center...
Savage Men and Women - 1. Divide into Men and Women, or if very uneven, 2 teams. 2. Have...
Scavenger Hunt With a Twist - Good to use as as you walk on a nature hike. Ahead of time, walk the...
Scissors or Crossed Uncrossed Game - Scissors is a neat trick to have in your bag for those down times when...
Scramble! - My campers and I devised 'Scramble' as a solution to the physical...
Scream Machine or Screaming Toes - Everyone stands in a tight circle, with their heads down looking at...
Sea Storm - Two lie down at center of the parachute, while the rest shake edges to...
Secret Spy Switch - Set-up: Pass pieces of paper/cards out to players and get them to write...
Secret Tag - The counselor gathers all of the campers together and lines them up....
Secret Word - Secretly pick a word. Do not say it out loud. Every time that word is...
Seek N Hide - It's the opposite of Hide-N-Seek... Normally everyone hides and one...
Sets - Have the kids sit down. Pick two or three kids that have something...
Shake, Rattle and Roll - Take as many film canisters as you have people. In each film canister,...
Shark and Octopus Tag - Everyone begins the game as an octopus and stands on one side of the...
Sharks - All but the shark sit around the parachute holding it to their waist...
Sharks and Minnows - The group starts out on one side of the field or room with one person in...
Ship Shore - Ship/Shore is similar to Simon Says. There is one person that is IT...
Shoe Finder - Put everone's shoes in a pile on the floor. Then turn off the...
Shoe Scramble - Have all of the participants take off their shoes and place them in a...
Shuffle Your Buns - Have everyone sit their chairs in a circle, as close together as they...
Silly Handshakes - Everyone pairs up (groups of two). They introduce themselves and start...
Silly Sally - This is a brain teaser. See how many campers can figure out the pattern...
Silly Symphony - The purpose of this game is to discover the beautiful sounds that can be...
Sing it Loud - You start the icebreaker of by dividing the campers into groups of 5 or...
Singing Syllables - Two groups. One decides on a famous quotation or book or song or play 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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