Category Archives: Icebreakers, Games, Skits

6 Games to Get Camp Moving

Encouraging interaction at camp, especially during those first few days when the newness makes even the most outgoing person a bit reticent, can be daunting. One way to ease nervousness and build community is through icebreakers. Convincing people to interact is much simpler with the use of games and activities, especially when each person has a role or behavioral expectation. It’s far less intimidating to be involved when everyone around you is doing something as silly as you are! Here … Continue reading

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Hip Pocket Activities Booklet

Here’s some news from Curt “Moose” Jackson at Summer Camp Program Director about a handy booklet your summer camp staff might find useful: “When campers get bored, camp stops being fun. We know there are those inevitable times during camp, like when an activity is being set up, lunch is being prepared, everyone is waiting for the evening activity to start, etc. Many counselors, especially first-time counselors, aren’t sure what to do when this happens. They remember they learned some … Continue reading

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Pass The Torch

Looking to provide a little friendly competition at camp? Teach campers to follow directions while working together to complete each task. Participants will have so much fun giggling with teammates that they won’t even recognize the life-long skills mixed in with each game! 1. Grand Canyon Relay Each person walks on a rope while looking through the wrong side of a pair of binoculars. Whenever a participant steps off the rope, he or she must go back to the start. … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Clever In The Kitchen Meal themes are a great way to bring a group together. Here are just a couple ideas to get your creative juices flowing: • A to Z lunch–Have a buffet that serves every letter of the alphabet from drinks to desserts • Breakfast for dinner • Medieval meal–Dine without utensils • Clue meal–Solve the riddles to move from station to station to get to your meal • Masquerade lunch–Decorate masks and wear them while you eat … Continue reading

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Snow Games

Don’t let a little snow put a damper on outdoor fun! Whether you’re planning after-school, day camp or winter camp activities, there are lots of options for those willing to bundle up and go outside. There’s always sledding, skating and hiking, but here are some fresh ideas from the folks at Family Fun: JUMP SNOW HURDLES Lightly pack a bunch of basketball-size snowballs and then use them to build a course of hurdles to jump over in a round of … Continue reading

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