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Celebrating our 140th Anniversary

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Theme Ideas: World Records

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Get Active: Try some World Records for Yourself

Set up some stations for your young people to go around, each one with a world record to try and beat. Can they come close to beating the world record at each activity? Why not set up a Company leader board, to determine who is the ‘Company Record Holder’ at each challenge? Could you give some small prizes to each record holder?

1. Most spoons balanced on a face

Current record = 31

Teaspoons are to be used

Spoons must be balancing on the face and not stuck down

2. Most Smarties / M&Ms eaten in one minute blindfolded using chopsticks

Current record = 20

3. Fastest 100m on a Space Hopper

Current record = 30.2 seconds

4. Most shoelaces tied into a bow in 1 minute

Current record = 31

5. Most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds (one at a time)

Current record – 26

6. Emoji Pairs – Match 20 pairs of emojis

Current Record – 2mins 18 seconds
You can download and print the Emoji cards at bit.ly/2zCiVqX

Get Creative: World’s Longest Drinking Straw

The world record for the longest usable drinking straw is 75.82 meters – which is quite impressive! How can you do?

  • Split up into small groups and give each group the following:
  • 30-40 drinking straws
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors
  • Bottle of water

Give each group 10–15 minutes to create the longest drinking straw they can make. Remember, the straw will need to be airtight to work. Once the time is up, see which group has made the longest straw and how much water they can transport through the straw. Get the groups to compete against each other to see who can transport the most water in the quickest time. Can they come close to the world record?

Let us know how you get on by sharing your records on social media using #BBWorldRecords or send details and a picture to gazette@boys-brigade.org.uk. We will feature some of these in the next Gazette.

Did you know?

Many GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record holders work and train for many years to achieve their record. One man in particular, Ashrita Furman, continues to attempt and break records every year, and as of July 2017 he held over 190 records!

Get Creative: Edible Medals

All record breakers deserve a medal for their hard work and what’s better than a medal you can eat? In just a few simple steps, your young people can make their own edible medals to celebrate their efforts in trying to break world records.


  • Golden Oreos (or similar style & colour biscuit)
  • Kellogg’s Fruit Winders
  • Icing


  1. Carefully separate the Oreo. The handle of a teaspoon is ideal to help pull them apart.
  2. Place some icing onto the inside of one of the Oreo pieces.
  3. Unravel a fruit winder and place the two ends on top of the icing, to form the medal ribbon.
  4. Spread some more icing on top of the biscuit and fruit winder and then place the top of the biscuit back into place.
  5. Finally finish off the medal by decorating it with a pattern, writing etc.

Get into the Bible: God gives us all talents… use them!

Start off by sharing the parable of the talents, either by reading the passage from the bible or by summarising the story.

Read Matthew 25:14-30

In the Parable, God is the master and we are his servants. In the bible, the talents given are money, however God gives us many talents too – these are in the form of skills which we have. By trying to break world records tonight, we have found out who has special talents like being able to balance spoons or put socks on quickly.

In life our ‘talents’ may lie in different areas such as sport, art, writing and so on. Alternatively, your talents may be qualities like kindness, compassion, leadership or helpfulness.

God created us all with special gifts and talents and he really wants us to use those talents for the purpose he gave them to us. If we don’t, then we are wasting our talents and not reaching our full potential, which disappoints God.

Hold up a frisbee and ask your group to pretend they don’t know what it is or what it is used for. Some people might think it was a hat, or a dinner plate or even a spade for digging in the ground. It could be just about anything, but it isn’t. It’s a Frisbee and the person who created it, created it for a reason. That reason is to fly!

The Frisbee may not be very impressive to look at, is it? In a world full of high-tech electronic toys such as tablets and smart phones, it is pretty low on the list of impressive looking toys. But boy, can it fly!

Sometimes you and I may look at the talents that God has given to others and think that God hasn’t given us very much. We might even be tempted to hide our talent. But when we use our God given talent to be all that God intended for us to be… boy, can we fly!

Finish with a prayer, thanking God for all our talents and asking for his help in making sure we use those talents to the best of our ability.

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