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Camp Games

Camp Games

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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  Deer, Deer, Deer - 1. Place two parallel lines on the floor or ground, ten to twenty feet...
  Dirty Diaper Tag - One person is "it." Whenever someone gets tagged, they become frozen...
  Do As I Say...Not As I Do - Played in a circle. First person SAYS one thing he/she likes ("I like...
  Doctor and Virus - The leader chooses one camper to be the doctor. The doctor has to...
  Doctor Doctor - Characters (in order of appearance): Director, Mother, Daughter, Doctor,...
  Doggy, Doggy, Where’s Your Bone? - A kid plays the part of the dog, and sits on a chair in the center of...
  Doing Laundry - You will need a couple of new toilet plungers and a couple of plastic...
  Dollar Dollar - Sit one person in the middle of a circle whose role will be to guess...
  Double Dice or Dive Circle Game - Have the group form a circle and sit on the floor. Give them a set of...
  Down by the Banks - Have campers sit in a circle with their right hands on top of the child...
  Down, Down, Down - This game comes to us from Australia. You start off with a tennis...
  Dr Octopus - Choose an "It" to be your octopus. Then choose a doctor. When you say,...
  Dragon Race - Form two equal lines with players in a single file line. Each player...
  Dragons, Princesses, and Knights - Divide campers into two teams. Campers form two lines at opposite...
  Drip-Drip-Splash - Great for a hot day. Played the same as Duck-duck-goose, but instead of...
  Drop it-Catch it - Get your group to stand in a circle all facing the center. Have them...
  Duckie Wuckie - Sit in a circle and have one person in the middle as "it". The it...
  Ducks and Cows - This is a great way to divide a large group into two smaller groups....
  Dumping Ground - Make two equal size circles 50 feet apart. Divide the group into two...
  Earth Ball Tournament - 1. Gather people throughout camp by rolling the ball in through camp,...
  Earthball - The group task is to keep a beach ball or balloon in the air for a...
  Elbow Tag - Everyone gets a partner and links arms. Two people are chosen to split...
  Electric Shock - Select a volunteer from the group. Divide the remainder into two teams....
  Electricity - Divide the group into two teams. Have each team’s members line up...
  Elephants, Cows and Giraffes - Get into a circle with one person in the center. This person will then...
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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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