Games for Youth Groups 1000 Games for Youth Groups

Thieves dens

Time: approx. 30 min
Recommended age: all ages
Size of group: 5-7 persons min.
Time for preparation: none
Material: nothing (or a flag)

Game description

Half of the group are robbers and hide somewhere in the area. The others (police) hunt the robbers down. Those who are caught by the police (tagged) must go to jail. The prisoners can be freed by another robber who manages to get into the prison before being tagged.


The game rules can be agreed and varied: instead of being tagged they can defend. Prisoners can be tied up and guarded or a top thief can only be tagged by 2 cops.


The aim is to catch all of the thieves. Then the roles are swapped over.

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The half of the group are thieves and hide in the area. The others (cops) look for the robbers.

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