Playground Ball

Spud Game

Here is a game which works well for a group of 8 to 10 Scouts. This goes with my Classic Outdoor Games theme for this month. I’m sure many of us played this as children.

Playing games helps Cub Scouts run off energy. learn to cooperate, and understand sportsmanship.



  • 1 playground ball


  • One person is “It”
  • Everyone else plays for themselves


  1. Each player is assigned a different number.
  2. Everyone gathers around It.
  3. It throws the ball straight up in the air and the players run away.
  4. While the ball is in the air, It calls a number and also runs away.
  5. The player who was assigned the number which It called must catch the ball, chasing it if necessary.
  6. When the person has control of the ball, he yells “Spud!” and everyone freezes.
  7. The person with the ball can take three giant steps toward any other player. Then tries to hit one of the other players with the ball by throwing it. The players can try to dodge the ball by ducking or bending, but they must keep their feet planted.
  8. If a player is hit or if he moves his feet while dodging the ball,  he is assigned a letter – First S, then the second time P, then U, then D. He is also It.
  9. If the thrower misses, then he is It.
  10. When a player reaches SPUD with his letters, he is out of the game.
  11. Last player left in the game wins.

2 Responses to Spud Game

  1. Alex September 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM #

    I played this a lot as a child, but we always played that when the player was being thrown at, he or she could move one of their feet (only one, whichever they choose) while dodging…. this made it harder to hit a plAyer by throwing at their legs, which are sitting ducks.

    • jon May 9, 2018 at 2:59 PM #


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