The best toys

Recently, wired.com wrote an article listing out the best toys of all time.  What they chose might surprise you; go here for the list. Their findings tell us a few things about entertainment and activities in the camping context. Flashy isn’t necessarily Fantastic.  As recruiting campers becomes a greater challenge, many campsites are hoping to […]

Children’s Books for Every Age

Camp is a new place and new experience for many campers.  While many children and teenagers have spent time away from home, many haven’t spent entire weeks away.  Even those who have spent extended time away from home sometimes experience stress at the incredibly unique environment that camp presents.  This problem can be enhanced by the […]

Giant Jenga

Another great giant game is the old favorite Jenga.  If you don’t remember the rules, here’s a refresher. To make Jenga into a giant game for your campsite, you’ll simply need 54 blocks with a H x W x L ratio of 1.5×2.5×7.5.  Choosing the right material for these blocks is probably the most difficult part of creating […]

Giant Chess

Giant chess uses the same game board as giant checkers. For the most basic version, you can simply use a permanent marker on the opposite side of the checker pieces and draw on the different types of pieces. But what makes giant chess great, and more complex, is the additional possibilities for human pieces (particularly […]

Giant Checkers

Giant Checkers is definitely the easiest of all the giant games to create and make usable for your camp.  To create this game you will need: paint concrete 12 circle objects of one color 12 circle objects of another color Basically, you just paint a checkerboard pattern on any space of concrete you want.  The […]

Rainy Day Game Ideas

Rainy days at camp, especially during the summer, are dreaded by most campers.  Campers come to camp with the expectation of long days spent swimming, climbing, and playing large group games late into the night.  When storm clouds roll in threatening rain, campers believe their day is ruined.  But with appropriate planning and thoughtful preparation, […]

Why Dodgeball Doesn’t Belong at Camp…

Dodgeball is a game found at camps, schools, and churches everywhere.  It is pulled out on rainy days, for large groups, and whenever programming staff can’t think of anything better.  It is a game that almost everyone knows how to play, so it is an easy and convenient option. But dodgeball has almost no redeeming […]