Youth camps are most memorable when the session involves both learning and playing. Most camps have different, age-appropriate camp games to cater to different ages and even sporting abilities. Keep in mind that games are one of the most intense engagements with the capacity to help children bond deeply. Good games help them to build self-esteem, cooperation, leadership skills and as an outlet for pent-up energy.
Adaptive or Special Needs Game. Many camping sites do not provide games that cater to special needs and adaptive games. It’s very easy to ignore the fact that most special needs youths also want to be part of the fun moments. One of the best games is fitting beads into a string and creating beautiful patterns. This is a simple game that doesn’t require much physical exertion. There are lots of games with little physical input that can easily work for the disabled.
Hide-and-Seek Camping Game. This is the most engaging and common camping game for youths in nearly all camping sites. The best time to play hide and seek is during the night. You simply have to make sure that the area doesn’t have any obvious dangers to the youths. If the crowd is too large then you can have two persons searching while the rest of the crew run out and hide.
Team Camp Games. One of the best ways to enjoy camping sessions is to choose competitive games with different teams. Some of the most common team camp games include broken telephone, capture the flag, tug of war, guess who? And so on. Team games that involve point scoring rather than merely fun tend to create a greater adrenalin rush and foster a competitive spirit.
Camp Games for Campfires. The best camping games for the campfire are those that revolve around songs, figuring out dates, names, personalities or historical events. Most of the camps have a pavilion or even an outdoor area for evening gatherings. This could also be a good time to bond and let everyone say something about themselves. They could also dedicate the campfire gatherings to singing songs by themselves.
At the end of the day make sure you choose games that are engaging to as many youths as possible. Make sure the games are age appropriate and they teaching certain skills and lessons rather than being merely fun.