Hosiery that can be cut ; bananas Pick two unsuspecting older campers.Cut the legs off the hosiery. Use the two legs to place over the heads of the two contestants. Challenge them to chew up a banana in their mouths as gushy as possible. Then place the legs of the pantyhose completely over their heads. Hand them a cup and …Read More
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!
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Choose a set of bounds. No one may exit these boundaries. Once the game starts, everyone is “it.” Each person tries to tag other people on the knees or below. Once a child has been tagged, she must sit down in place and cannot participate in the game for the time being. She is released when the child who tagged …Read More
This is a high engery game of tag. Everybody starts out being it. When a person gets tagged they sit down. They have to watch the person who tagged them. When that person gets tagged, they get to stand back up and keep playing. If two people tag each other at the same time they do rock paper scissors and …Read More
One person is “it.” Whenever someone is tagged by “it” they must hold a bandaid (their hand) on the spot where they were tagged. Then the game continues. When someone runs out of bandaids, (they get tagged three times), they are frozen until two other people come over to them and “operate.” The two other people need to tag the …Read More
Each person is given the name of an animal with approximately three-five people having the same animal. Spread the group across a field, court, classroom, etc. No one is allowed to tell another which animal he is. At the signal each person makes the noise of the animal that he has been given. The first group to find all of …Read More
Materials: basketballs, stars, cones Materials: basketballs, stars, cones Divide the group into two teams (one will shoot at each goal). Place markers on the gym floor for shooting: -10 points for lay-ups -20 points for mid-range -30 points for long-range Tell the children the point values for the shots. Line the groups up in the middle of the court. Tell …Read More
Battleship is also known as Ships Ahoy, the Poop Deck, Port & Starboard and other similar names. Explain to the players that the entire playing area is broken down into different parts of a ship. The leader explains the location of each part. For example : Bow: the front of the playing area Stern: the back of the playing area …Read More
swimming pool and kids who can swim get everyone on your team. Battleships and Submarines: (Best swimming pool game) The kids are divided into two teams, the battleships and the submarines. One team lines up on one wall of the swimming pool (the wall is their base) and the other team lines up across from them on the other side …Read More
1 beach towel for every 2 people. Water Balloons (large balloons tend to be more fun!). A Volleyball net. Like Volleyball the object is to score the most points and get the other team wet at the same time. Form 2 teams. Have each team stand on either side of the volleyball net. Have each team divide into pairs. Each …Read More
Space large enough to fit individuals, especially if they require physical support for sitting balance or w/c, cushions, etcColored, textured string or rope large enough to see and feel by individuals with vision problems or fine motor control deficitsLarge beads of different colorsMusic, if desired To promote: Active range of motion (AROM) through physical activity.Engagement of socialization with peers through …Read More
1 Bean Bags and 2 buckets/or trash cans, tape. Score as many points as possible. Set-up Create two teams with five to six 5 to 6 players each, depending on space.Set buckets/trash cans several feet apart (distance depends on # of players, age groups, etc)Tape a box around the can of at least two feet in each direction, perhaps more …Read More
In this game you put a bucket on each side of the basketball court. In this game you will need two teams of at least 4-5 players(it works best that way). Gameplay: Choose one team to “throw off the beanbag”. They throw the beanbag to the other team to start the game. Once this is done the offensive team (with …Read More
Bed Sheet ; Ping Pong Ball The object is to get the ball to fall off of the other teams side, for a point.Form two teams.Each team holds an opposite end of a bed sheet.Place the ping pong in the middle of the sheet. Instruct teams that they can raise and lower as needed, but remind the players to be careful …Read More
Soft objects for “stingers” You need soft objects that can be used as ÛÏStingersÛ. 1. Give 2 people the ÛÏstingersÛ and these people are the bees. 2. All the other people are the butterflies. 3. The bees must go around stinging the butterflies (hitting them on the legs with the soft objects). 4. A butterfly that has been stung must …Read More
1 piece of rope about 15 feet long, 2 ping-pong balls, 1 soccer ball, pants or shorts with belt loops Divide the players into teams of 10 people. Each team competes with itself to ‘play’ the game successfully. It is fun to have different players make up each team every time the game is repeated. Each team stands in a …Read More
a bunch of people to learn people names To start the game, one person stands in middle of the circle and everyone starts to clap in a rhythm. The person in the middle begins the game by galloping around the circle while the group sings the following song: Here we go, ride that pony, ride around that big fat pony, …Read More
Play this game with an even number of people so nobody’s left out, and a large playing area, preferably a grass field preferably so no one gets hurt. The objective is not be the last pair left unmatched. Birdie on a Perch is best suited for older campers (middle school). Have them partner up, with one partner being able to …Read More
Similar to Simon Says… One player is leader. Leader and all the others flap their arms like birds. Leader calls out names of something with feathers. If a player flaps his wings on a calling that doesn’t have feathers, he’s out. The leader flaps his wings on almost all things to confuse the group and calls as rapidly as possible. …Read More
This is a great progressive team building or ice breaker activity to get your group used to working together in a non-physical, non-threatening way.Inform that group that they can not talk from this point forward until you give them permission.Have the group get in a line.Tell them they must, in silence, get in order by height.Once they successfully compete this …Read More
PASS THE PARCEL What you need: åá One package of presents per group. åá One CD player with CD. åá A black bag to collect all the paper. Have each group sit in a circle. When the music starts the package passes from one person to another until the music stops. When the music stops the person who is holding …Read More
Parachute Wrap players in a “parachute mushroom” by filling up the parachute with air and closing on ground, with all the players on the inside.Once everyone is inside, start singing “Happy Birthday” while they try to move to the outside of the parachute without letting go before the song is finishedRead More
That at least two people know the trick at the beginning of the game. Remember: the selected object is immediately after a named BLACK item!! To figure out how the starters of the game are “psychic.” Within a group, two people claim that they can read minds. One person will leave the group to a place where they cannot see …Read More
For this activity, TWO (and only two) people must know the trick. It will be ruined if the campers know how it works! How it works: 1. Gather campers in a circle with one counselor. Inform the campers that you can “read each others minds”. The other counselor must then place themselves out of earshot of the group. 2. Have …Read More
For Blanket Balloon Toss, have all players stand around a blanket holding onto the edge. The leader of the game (not holding blanket) will launch (by catapult or throwing) water balloons into the air.The team must cooperate to get under the balloon and catch the balloon and re-launch it into the sky.Give the group different challenges: launch the balloon as …Read More
Balloons Teams of four or more people line up in volleyball formation. A blanket is placed over the net so that the teams cannot see one another. The ref throws the ball into play. Each team may hit the balloon as many times as they desire, as long as the balloon doesn’t hit the ground. When they are ready, they …Read More