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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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  Baby Food Roulette - Get six volunteers (works better if you don't tell them what they are in...
  Baby if you love me… - Everyone sits in a circle, with one person IT. IT picks someone they...
  Back to Back - Split children up into partners however many as necessary. Then put them...
  Back to Back Tag - Two people hold hands start off as being "it." They can try to tag any...
  Back Words - Divide the group into teams of 5 people each with pencil and paper. Call...
  Backlash - Divide the group into two teams, then divide each team into pairs....
  Backward Scotsman - Divide the group into two teams, and have them stand in parallel lines,...
  Bag-O-Stuff Improv Skit - This is a rainy day or all camp activity. Divide the whole camp into...
  Balance Ball - Divide the players into two teams. Divide the players on each team into...
  Balloon Baseball - Players are divided into two teams. Each team designates a pitcher who...
  Balloon Battle - Inflate balloons and tie on a string for each team member. Each player...
  Balloon Catapault - Divide the group into equal teams. Partially fill the balloon with water...
  Balloon Charades - Write or type nouns (people, places, or things) on thin strips of paper....
  Balloon Relay Race - Split campers into groups of about 10 per group. Line the campers up...
  Balloon Up - Campers and counselors form a circle and hold hands. One facilitator...
  Banana Blowout - Pick two unsuspecting older campers. Cut the legs off the hosiery. Use...
  Band-Aid Tag - One person is "it." Whenever someone is tagged by "it" they must hold a...
  Barn Yard Hunt - Hide 4 different sets of different objects in a play area (field, woods,...
  Barnyard - Each person is given the name of an animal with approximately three-five...
  Basketball Bonanza - Materials: basketballs, stars, cones Divide the group into two teams...
  Battleship - The entire playing area is broken down into different parts of a ship....
  Beach Towel Volleyball - Form 2 teams. Have each team stand on either side of the volleyball...
  Bead Roll - Each child sits or is seated in a circle. A rope is placed around the...
  Bean Bag Bucket Basketball - Create two teams with five to six 5 to 6 players each, depending on...
  Bean Skit - This activity needs 4 people, boys and/or girls. Start Positions: One...
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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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