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Sleeping Guard Game

Sleeping Guard is a fun game for a den. The object of the game is for the Scouts to be quiet enough to sneak up on a blindfolded guard and steal an object. Perfect for a bunch of noisy Cub Scouts!

It is possible to play it in a large space indoors, but outdoors is better.  You don’t need a lot of materials for this one, so it makes a good time filler if your den meeting activities go faster than you expected them to.

Sleeping Guard Game


  • blindfold
  • any object which can be stolen – neckerchief, baseball, frisbee, etc.


  1. Choose one Scout to be the sleeping guard. The rest will be thieves.
  2. The guard is blindfolded and sits on the ground next to the object to be stolen.
  3. The thieves start from a distance away and approach the object quietly to try to steal it. They must walk, not run.
  4. If the guard hears a thief approaching he points at them. If he correctly points to a thief, then that thief is out.
  5. If one of the thieves gets the object without being pointed out, he gets to be the guard for the next round.

3 Responses to Sleeping Guard Game

  1. Sherry Smothermon-Short April 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM #

    This sounds like so much fun! I can just picture a bunch of rowdy boys trying to settle down enough to keep from waking the guard.

    Thanks for sharing this idea with us!

  2. Reg Klubeck June 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM #

    When I was a kid in Scouts this was called Steal the Bacon.

  3. Mike Smith May 30, 2018 at 7:57 PM #

    Steal the bacon is much different. Here is a reference:

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