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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Commando Course - 1. Divide the people into two teams. 2. Line up each team at the...
Commando Course Encore - This relay is run as a three-legged race. Divide the people into two...
Compass Crisp - Disclaimer: This activity is strictly for use with groups of young...
Cooperation Tag - One person is it. Be sure to have a designated playing area. When...
Cotton Ball Hockey - This is a funny game to play during your meeting. Have two people come...
Counselor Extreme Makeover - This can be done in the evenings or at any other time during the day....
Counselors Car Lot - Have all the kids line up on one side of a play area. Pick two...
Crab Walk Soccer - Two teams sit on lines a short distance apart. Players on both teams...
Cracker Ping Pong - Get 2 volunteers to kneel at opposite sides of a table with hands behind...
Crambo - One player begins the game by saying, "I am thinking of something in the...
Cranked Clay - One player is the clay. The other, the Cranker. The Cranker places an...
Croc Pot Parachute Game - This is a game recommended for campers that are above the age of 10...
Crocodile Morey - Everyone sits in a circle with hands out to their sides and palms up....
Crocodile Race - Form teams of 4 - 10 players. Each team stands in a straight line....
Cross Hands Clap - Stand at a profile towards the group. Place your hands one up one down...
Crossover Dodgeball - Instead of having to sit out when hit you cross sides when you get hit....
Crows & Cranes - Divide the children into two equal teams. Have teams face each other...
Cyclops tag - Everyone has to play with one hand covering an eye.
D'Juno? - The leader hides an envelope (the D'Juno!) that has information inside...
Dance and Freeze - The campers dance until the music stops then they freeze in a creative way.
Dead Ant - A tag game that will wear your kids out!! Make really big boundaries....
Dead Beaver - This is a fabulous game to play to calm everyone down, on a rainy day or...
Dead Fish - What do Dead Fish do? Exactly… nothing! Explain that the rules are to...
Dead Horse - Somebody lays down and closes their eyes, while everyone else gathers...
Deadbox - To play Deadbox, you either chalk or paint a large box in the street. In...
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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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