Games for Youth Groups 1000 Games for Youth Groups

Police and smugglers

Time: approx. 60-90 minutes
Recommended age: from 12
Size of group: from 10 persons or more
Time for preparation: 2-3 minutes
Material: smuggling objects, life strings

Game description

The group is split into police and smugglers. The relation of police to smugglers should be adapted according to the difficulty level of the area.
The policemen set up headquarters with a jail.
The smugglers must try to avoid being caught. Smugglers who are caught can be freed again if they are tagged by another smuggler who is still in the game.
You are taken prisoner by a simple tagging, by pulling a life string, or by pulling a plastic strip from the trousers. The smugglers must then proceed to jail without any protest.
Around the jail is a ban zone. No smuggler can be taken captive once he has reached this area. Otherwise there would be no chance of freeing any prisoners.


The policemen must catch all smugglers before the end of the game. For each caught smuggler, there is one point and for each smuggler who is not caught, two points are deducted. An extra task might be for the smugglers to try to smuggle an object. For each object smuggled from A to B there is a bonus point which is added to the final score.

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