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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Trust Run - Two lines of people facing each other with arms outstretched and...
TV Tag - 1.Pick a person to be "it" 2."It" will count to ten while everyone...
Twoddling - Twiddle each other's thumbs. Can be done in pairs or a circle. This...
Ultimate Everbody's It CvC - Rules are the same of Everybody's It , in which everyone can tag or be...
Ultimate Keep Away - The great thing about the game is that you can play it with four players...
Un-Jah, E-AH-Nah - Last summer we had 3 campers that spoke nothing but Korean. One of...
Under Siege - This works better with a large campus. This is a war version of a 4 way...
Values Clarification - Present the group with a value statement related to the theme of the...
Village Chief - Everyone sits in a circle, and one person leaves, then one person is...
Volcanoes and Craters - Start with 25 disc cones (here is a picture of a disc cone in case you...
Water Balloon Pass - Use water balloons to play "Hot Potato". The person who gets out (the...
Water Balloon Toss Relay - Form 2 or more even teams. As in any relay race, have a starting line...
Water Cup Derby - Form 2 or more teams. As in any relay race, have a starting line and a...
Water Noodle Hockey - Two teams; Field; Water Noodles (used to float in pools - you can find...
Web of Names - Sit the children in a circle and emphasize that they must remain in...
Werewolf - You select one player to hide. The other players search for the...
Wet & Wild Day - FASHION SHOW What you need: · 1 bucket per team full of water · Lots...
Wet and Wild Kick Ball - Before Play Begins--Set up your 4 bases for kick ball From home...
Wet Shirt Relay - Fill four buckets with water and place them about 10 feet apart in a...
WET WIFFLE BALL - Wiffle Ball Game. Played like a normal game of wiffle ball but the bases...
What am I? - 1. Children sit in circle. 2. Give each child a post-it note and ask...
What Time is it Blue Whale - Basically the same as what time is it Mr.Wolf, but with a hose. The...
What time is it Mr. Fox ? - Mr. Fox starts out at one end of a field, room, or designated area with...
What’s the Object? - This is a simple game which requires good describing skills. Children...
Where Can I Go - Similar to Sally’s Green Glass Door People go around asking the game...
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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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