Programming

A Colossal List of Summer Camp Activities

If you are looking for ideas on activities you can add to your program, this list should give you plenty.

Feel free to add any I missed in the comments section.

RANGED

Many camps offer archery, especially overnight camps, but there are lots of other ranged programs you can add to your camp. Take a look at this list for some inspiration.

SPORTS and GAMES

Sports and games are a staple of camp. And rightly so. No matter how much space you have, there are tons of games and sports you can play. Here is a list that just scratches the surface.

ADVENTURE

Camp is often a place where kids can do activities they wouldn’t normally get the chance to participate in at home. Adventure activities are a perfect example.

  1. High Ropes
  2. Low Ropes
  3. Team Building Initiatives
  4. Rock Wall
  5. Rock Climbing
  6. Bouldering
  7. Zip Line
  8. Canopy Tour
  9. Rappeling
  10. Tree Climbing
  11. Slackline

WATERFRONT and POOL

Most camps may not have lake access as part of their facilities, but most will have a pool. Here’s a list of aqua activities for you.

  • Sailing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wake Surfing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Tubing
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Wind Surfing
  • Ocean Surfing
  • Bodyboarding
  • Swimming
  • Log Rolling
  • Fishing
  • Lake Swing
  • Raft Building
  • Cardboard Boats

ARTS and CRAFTS

Here’s another staple of the camp experience. However, instead of having campers make cheap projects form low cost crafts kits, step it up and offer ones that the kids will be proud to take home.  

  • General Crafts
  • Lanyards
  • Tie Dye
  • Batik
  • Leather Work
  • Sewing
  • Jewelry Making
  • Woodworking
  • Wood Burning
  • Paper Making
  • Knitting and Crochet
  • Silk Screening
  • Painting
  • Friendship Bracelets
  • Candle Making
  • Soap Making
  • Puppet Making
  • Pottery and Ceramics
  • Makerspace
  • Beading
  • Origami
  • Fabric Painting
  • Photography
  • Flower Pressing

PERFORMING ARTS

As in school, performing arts often takes a back seat at camp. That’s unfortunate because there are a lot of neat performing arts activities you can offer that campers would love to participate in. Here’s a list to get you started.

  • Magic
  • Balloon Animals
  • Unicycling
  • Juggling
  • Flying Trapeze
  • Clowning
  • Aerial Silks
  • Aerial Bungee
  • Stilt Walking
  • Drama
  • Charades
  • Paper Bag Skits
  • Stagecraft
  • Stage Combat
  • Movie Make-Up
  • Costuming
  • Puppetry
  • Voice Overs
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Line Dancing
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Singing
  • Karaoke
  • YouTube Vlogging
  • Storytelling
  • Film Making
  • Radio Production
  • Podcasting
  • DJing
  • Guitar
  • Percussion

ANIMALS

While animals can be expensive to keep, having them available at camp is special for campers.

  • Horseback Riding – Western
  • Horseback Riding – English
  • Horse Care
  • Petting and Feeding Goats
  • Beekeeping
  • Backyard Chicken

NATURE

There’s nothing like a camp that is surrounded by trees and trails available. If your camp is in an urban setting, it’s worth the field trip to expose your campers to the great outdoors.

COOKING

Kids seem to really enjoy making food. This can be a great opportunity to teach some cooking skills.

S.T.E.M.

More and more camp programs are including S.T.E.M. activities. 

  • Wacky Science
  • Edible Science
  • Engineering
  • Rocketry
  • Robotics
  • Lego Building

FITNESS

In today’s world, promoting physical fitness is important. Sure the kids will get their heart rate up with active games and sports, but being intentional about fitness might be something to consider.

  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Weight Lifting
  • Running
  • Obstacle Course
  • Agility Course
  • Trampoline

OTHER

There are a lot of activities that just don’t fall into the categories above, but I felt they needed to be added. So here you go.

 


 

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