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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Skunk Tag - Played like regular tag but the only one to stay safe is for the chasee...
Slap, Clap, Snap - Assign everyone in the group a number, starting at number one and...
Slapsie (three-or-more-person) - Players stand facing each other in a circle. Each player has one hand...
Slaughter - 1. Mark a large 30 foot circle on the beach or field. 2. Divide group...
Sleeping Bag Game - This is fun. First you have to make an obstacle course (carefully)....
Sleeping Beauties - Get into a circle and give each person 8 rubber bands. You will then...
Sleeping Lions - The kids all lie on their bunks, with out moving, it is your job, or one...
Slow Motion Tag - Ask each player in the group to find their own personal space within the...
Smelly Onions - Have everyone sit in a circle and name each child Ketchup, mustard, or...
Smiles Laughing Game - The Campers are separated into two teams. One team is given an...
Smugglers and Spies - Set-up tiny pieces of paper with the following smuggled items and point...
Snake Wall, Fire Wall - This Game is done best inside of a gym or room with enough running space...
Snake’s Tail - The group will line up single file and place their hands on the...
Sneak - This is a Native American game, used to develop listening skills, and...
Snot Blocker Relay - Split the group into two groups, each in a line and with one box of...
Snowman Soccer - A bowling pin or plastic pop botle is set up at each end of gym, room,...
Soccer Baskeball - Divide the group into two teams. Each team starts off with 6 players....
Sock Story - Take a sock and fill it with a number of small objects. Have all...
Sock Tag - Everyone takes off a sock and puts it in the back of their pants so that...
Sock Tag - Version II - Have campers take their shoes off and their socks slightly off....
Sock Wrestling - All the kids sit in a circle and have to take off their shoes so they...
Song Tag - Everyone forms a circle. Someone jumps in the middle and sings a song....
Sound and Fury - Stand in a circle. One player starts. That player makes a sound...
Sound Mates - Partners: Find a sound that both partners can make (e.g. meeeee,...
Speed Pass - The goal of this activity is to give a group an opportunity to work...
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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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