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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Flying Dutchman - 1. Everyone but two players join hands in a circle. 2. Two left out...
Follow the Leader - Choose one person to be the leader, and have the other kids follow that...
Food, Friends and Fireworks - A quick and simple ice breaker with three motions. Begin by...
Foot Pool - Imagine a giant pool table... Set up Set up a rectangular shaped...
Foot to Foot Tag - Just like regular frozen tag but players are safe from being tagged if...
Form A Band - A group dividing method - Each band must have a drummer, guitar player, keyboard player and...
Four Cones or Four Chairs - Set up four cones in square in a playing space twenty-thirty feet apart....
Four Corners - One person is "it" and closes their eyes. The rest of the class goes to...
Four On A Couch-Bench - This is the best game I have ever played. I love it. But it is very...
Fox & Squirrel - 1. Form a circle of people, about 3 feet apart from one another. 2....
Freeze Tag - If the person is tagged then they are frozen. Variations of how to get...
Frisbee Bowling - Use a few soda bottles, or plastic water bottles. You may want to put a...
Frisbee Football - Teams should be of equal number; each team has a goalie, as well as...
Frisbee Golf aka Frolf - Played with the same rules as traditional golf, using a fribee as the...
Frog - Everyone sits in a circle. The first person says "One frog". The next...
Frogger - First sit everyone down them have them all close their eyes tight. Tell...
Frogs, Insects, and Flowers - Divide the group into three circles, one inside the next. The people in...
Frozen Baseball - Divide into two teams. The rules are similar to regular baseball...
Frozen T-shirts - A few days before this project dip a few large T-shirts into water and...
Fruit Basket - Each person chooses a fruit or vegetable (with no repeats!). One person...
Fruit Reactions? - The children sit in a circle. Each child is given the name of a fruit....
Fruit Salad - Get a group of young people to sit on chairs in a circle, then get 1...
Fruits - Get in a circle with one person in the center. Each person in the circle...
G-H-O-S-T - The first player says a letter. The next person adds a letter,...
GaGa Pit or Israeli Dodgeball - Check out this exciting game that is gaining in popularity 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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