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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Swat - 1. Form a circle, standing on Polyspots preferably, or use chairs (but...
Swat the Fly - In the first variation, one person was "it" (the swatter). The swatter...
Switch - Players are divided into three or four groups such as Sugar Maple,...
T-Shirt Freeze - Collect a t-shirt from each camper the day before your activity....
Tai-Chi Pong - This is an elimination game. To start the game, all of the players...
Tail Tag - Have one camper chosen to be "it". Then give every other camper a piece...
Take It Back - Play game in a large space. Put several sock balls in the middle of the...
Tandem Tag - Three couples are selected from the group. Each couple wears a set of...
Tank - Split the group into groups of two. One of the partners gets...
Tap Out - Have the first two participants improv any scene they like. Tell them...
Team Game: Kick the Stick - Ok, this is possibly the most amazing camp game known to man. It sounds...
Team Hug Tag - Two people hold hands start off as being "it." They can try to tag any...
Team Radar - 2-15 people start at one end of a course that will lead them through the...
Teapot - The group chooses a person to be the "guesser" and they leave the group....
Telephone Message Game - This game is intended for a large group of kids and/or adults, the more...
Telephone Pictionary - This is a great twist on the games Telephone and Pictionary! Start...
Tent - Mushroom, raise arms, and entire group goes inside the mushroom and sits...
THe Boiler Burst - After everyone has settled into their camp bunks, one person begins a...
The Circle Game - You have the kids all stand in a circle and hold hands. They then walk...
The Crazy Question Game - This works better with older campers. Get all the campers to sit in a...
The Dream Game - One to three people leave the room (depending on how large the group is,...
The Great Jungle Fire - Here is the scenario: The jungle is on fire, and the animals must keep...
The Hand Game - Great game - a camp classic! Bear with the long description, it's worth...
The Invisible Ball - The group (any size) stands in a circle. One person starts saying "I...
The Kids From Mars - Set up two boundaries across from each other on a flat playing surface....
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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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