Leadership Inspirations Activities

Smaug’s Treasure

Participants use stealth to try to retrieve an object without being detected

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Energizer, Game

Materials

Blindfold, Random Object To Be Retrieved

 

SUMMARY

This game requires group members to be quiet, stealthy, and patient as they try to retrieve an object from the ‘dragon’ undetected.

 

SET UP

  • Have the group stand in a spread out circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask for a volunteer who is comfortable being blindfolded and have them stand in the middle of the circle.
  • They are now Smaug the Dragon and are responsible for guarding their Treasure.
  • Place any object on the ground (cone, book, cup etc.) between this person’s feet to be their Treasure.
  • The individuals making up the circle must attempt to move undetected towards the person in the middle and retrieve the item.
  • If the person in the middle hears or otherwise detects a person moving from their original spot in the circle they can point to them and say “stop”.
  • If the person in the middle is correct, the person moving must return to their original spot.
  • If the person in the middle is incorrect, the game can continue uninterrupted.
  • If a person from the circle successfully grabs the item and returns to their spot without being detected they are now blindfolded in the middle.
  • Facilitator Note: If you are playing with a younger group, it may help to select who gets to attempt to move by pointing to players around the circle. This avoids the person in the middle being unfairly “rushed”.

VARIATIONS

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Accountability

  • Who are you currently accountable for as an individual and a group? Who holds you accountable?
  • What is effective accountability? Are our methods as a group effective?
  • What role do you play in your own accountability and the group accountability?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?