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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Bola - 1. One player lays on their back a spins rope around until it’s spinning...
Bolf - Divide the group into two teams and set each one up 15 feet from a large...
Bom,Bom,Bom - There are two sides (teams). It doesn't matter how many are on each side...
Bombardment Pins - At either end of the playing space, set up in a row as many tenpins, or...
Bop Bop - The players start sitting in a circle. The leader stands up and "bops"...
Boxball - Boxball transforms two sidewalk squares into an outdoor version of...
Brain Magic - Get your group of campers to sit in a circle and collect any random...
British Bulldog - Line a group of kids up on one side of a field. Pick one person to be...
Bronco Tag - Have the group get into pairs and lock elbows. There is one person...
Bucket Freeze - This skit involves 3 staff members and a bucket of water. One person...
Buffalo Robe - A Native American game, helping develop strength and agility. A...
Bump & Run - Each person draws the name of someone they are to “bump off” at some...
Bump Tag - Have campers buddy up with a partner. Choose someone to be "it"and...
Bumper Tag - Just like regular tag but instead of tagging with your hands, you must...
Burpee/Whiffle Ball - Teams can be of 1 or more players. Each team has a pitcher and possibly...
Burst the Balloon - The balloons are blown up and scattered on the floor. Players stand in...
Butt Wars - Stand with a partner back-to-back. Now try to knock the other off...
Button, Button - One person sits in the middle of a circle of children. A button is...
Buzz - This a counting/math themed game. The leader picks a number that the...
CABIN CLUE!!! - Make a list of people in the cabin(counselors too!), places in camp, and...
Camp Relay Race - First you have everyone count the number of letters in their first name....
Candyman - This game is usually played with around 100 campers ages 6-12. You need...
Capture the Flag - Divide the group into two teams; identify each by a set of arm or...
Car Lot - Pick a category for Car Lot (i.e. fruit, cars, candy, etc.). Once the...
Carpetball - You can build one or more of these tables for hours of non-stop...
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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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