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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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  Encino Stick - All players stand in a circle. One player starts by tossing a stick with...
  Escape From the Monsters - Four monsters are chosen and they are blindfolded and sat in the middle...
  Escape from Woodward Hall - (substitute the name of the lodge or building you are in) One person...
  European Dodgeball - Same rules as dodgeball (which vary for everyone, so use your own...
  Everybody's it!!! - Proclaim, "everybody's it!" in an open space and the participants begin...
  Evolution aka Ultimate Person or Transformation - This is a "rock-paper-scissors" themed game. Have the group in a...
  Fainting Goat Tag - One person is chosen as the Shepard. Whoever the Shepard touches...
  Fanuary - Divide your group into two lines facing each other about 30 feet apart....
  FFEACH - This might be one of the best games of all times! FFEACH is a charades...
  Fifty Yard Scream - Everyone lines up on one side of a large playing area. When the...
  Fight for My Attention (drama/passive) - Two people are challenged to come up to the front of the room and the...
  Find Your Partner - Tell the children to close their eyes. Give each child a card with a...
  Finding Twins - To prepare for the activity, decide ahead of time on a category such as...
  Fire on the Mountain - Have the group lay flat on their backs. When you say “fire on the...
  Fire Tender - One child sits blindfolded with lots of sticks around him. The rest of...
  Firemen's Relay - Form a line. The first person in line will stand approximately 10 feet...
  First Names - Have everyone count the number of letters in their first name. Now ask...
  Fitness Monolopy - You have different stations like in Monolopy. There are various...
  Five Hundred - This game needs a group of kids and a ball that can be easily thrown and...
  Fivebox - Create a row of five decent boxes and two players, one at each end....
  Flashlight Limbo - This is just like Limbo. Use a flashlight and turn off all the...
  Flinch - Start with a ball or a rolled up sock or bandana. One person (the...
  Flip the Bird - This game is a combination of keep-away and tag. Choose one person to...
  Flour Sock Tag - Like ball tag, but use a sock filled with flour, so when they get hit...
  Flower Face - This game requires the assistance of 8 or more leaders (counselors or...
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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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