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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The Magic Forest - Assign the following parts to the campers, who, as the story is read,...
The Mating Game - Divide the players into pairs, and give each pair the name of a...
The Mystery Bopper - You have a group of campers form a circle, about an arm's width apart...
The Smith's - To play, assign each team a mother (Mrs. Smith), a father (Mr. Smith), a...
The Stalker - Half the group is given blindfolds to wear. These players are placed in...
The Wonder of Nature - The group assembles in an outdoor area with open fields and wooded...
Think Safety - Discussion can be educational, stimulating and filled with sharing....
This is a whatT? - The group sits in a circle. You will need several objects which you can...
This is my Nose - Players stand in pairs or triplets. One player starts by pointing to...
Three Guesses - One person is chosen to be first. That person stands so that everybody...
Three Team Soccer - Rules that are subject to the most interesting changes are in CAPITAL...
Tiggy off the Ground - Explains itself really. You can only tig (tag) someone if they are on...
Tip the Bottle - Set an empty bottle in the middle of a circle of people holding hands....
Tip the Fruit Bowl - Can be played in a small group or as a whole camp (for the whole camp,...
Toe Fencing - 1. A pair faces each other, holding hands 2. They then try to tap each...
Toe Pick-Up - Gather a large number of items—one of each—which can be picked up with...
Toilet Paper Wrap-up - Basically a race to unwrap and wrap a roll of toilet paper.
Toilet Tag - When someone is tagged, they must squat down to form the "toilet" and...
Tongue Twister Race - Everyone should be in a circle. Begin by handing each person a tongue...
Tortoise Tag - One person is "it." Every other player tries to avoid being tagged. If...
Touch That - Tell the kids something to run to and touch -- like something blue, a...
Treasure - Put articles from people or oddments into a treasure box under...
Tree Climbing - This is the same process that pro arborists use to get up in the trees...
Tree Tag - One person is "it" and tries to tag everyone else. Players are only safe...
Triangle Tag - To begin, make groups of four to five people. One person will be it...
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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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