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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Beanbag Basketball - In this game you put a bucket on each side of the basketball court. In...
Beat the Bunny - The bunny (small ball) is started first and is passed from person to...
Bed Sheet Ping Pong - Form two teams. Each team holds an opposite end of a bed sheet....
Bees and Butterflies - You need soft objects that can be used as “Stingers”. 1. Give 2...
Belt Loop Ball - Divide the players into teams of 10 people. Each team competes with...
Bench Ball - We usually play this game outside, because we have four benchs in front...
Bibbity Bibbity Bop - One person is in the middle of the circle. He walks up to someone in...
Big Booty - Everyone in the group gets a number. The leaders starts out by making a...
Bippity boppity boo - Everyone stands or sits in a circle with one "It" person in the middle....
Birds Have Feathers - Similar to Simon Says... One player is leader. Leader and all...
Birthday Line Up - This is a great team building or ice breaker activity. Inform that...
Birthday Party Day - PASS THE PARCEL What you need: · One package of presents per group. ·...
Birthday Present - Wrap players in a parachute mushroom (filling up the parachute with air...
Black Magic - Within a group, two people claim that they can read minds. One person...
Blanket Balloon Toss - All players should be standing around the blanket holding an edge....
Blind Balloon Volleyball - Teams of four or more people line up in volleyball formation. A blanket...
Blind Cow - All players sit in a circle facing the center. One person is...
Blind Tag - This game was played in a dark room with no lights on so it seems like...
Blindman's Bluff - Blindfold one player and spin them around 3 times. The blindfolded...
Blob Tag - 1. Chose someone as “IT” 2. IT starts the game as regular tag, but when...
Blue Sky - Have people, on the count of "Blue Sky," hold up anywhere from one to...
Bob The Weasel - One member of a group steps into the center of the group who are circled...
Bobsledding Bodies - Form teams of 4 - 6 players. Teams sit in a line and wrap their legs...
Body Part Tag - To begin the game, select one person to be the “chaser”. The leader...
Boiler Burst - The goal is a line thirty feet long. The players form a semi-circle...
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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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