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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Castle on the River Nile - On my Castle on the River Nile I'm gonna live in elegant style Inlaid...
Cat and Mouse - Everyone but two people forms a circle standing far enough away from...
Cat and the Mice - Choose several cats who are on top of parachute and several mice...
Catch One…Catch All - The game is generally played in a large field with at least 10...
Catch, Don't Catch - One camper goes into the middle of the circle with a ball. They go...
Categories - Arrange the group in a circle. The leader begins the game by...
Caterpillar - 1. Have entire group lie on their stomachs, side by side with arms out...
Caughta Peekin - Everyone stands in a circle, and everyone puts their heads down. You...
Celebrity Bingo - Cut out enough pictures of different celebrities from magazines to fill...
Celebrity Heads - Children stand out at the board. The teacher (or another child) then...
Chair Basketball - Two teams of 6 or more people sit facing each other in a parallel...
Charades down the lane - This is a combination of Charades and Whisper Down the Lane (some people...
Chicken Picks - Players sit in a circle and one player goes into the middle. A...
Chinese Auction - This is a large indoor group game that we play on rainy days. Start...
Chivalrous Couples - One person with a loud voice will stand on a chair or other high place...
Chute Ball - 1. Have everyone hold the parachute around the edge, like a firemen’s...
Cinderella's Slipper - Two teams are formed (3 males and 3 females per team). Each of the...
Circle Ball - Divide the group into 2 teams. Use the skipping ropes to make two...
Circle Run - The players should start sitting in a circle numbered 1-4 (this can be...
Climb Mountain - Create a mushroom by having all in circle holding edge of parachute move...
Clothes Pin Seven-Ups - Give each person 7 clothes pins. On ‘go’ each person must get rid of...
Clothes-pin Tag - Hand any number of clothes-pins to all the kids (the more clothes-pins...
Cloud Watching - Simple but it expands the imagination. Have campers point out what...
Cluck the Chicken - Divide into two groups One group has the task of throwing a ball as...
Cobbler, Cobbler - Campers sit in a circle and begin to sing this song: Cobbler, Cobbler...
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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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