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The Scouts provide young people with a range of outdoor, creative and community activities, providing opportunities for fun and adventure. We help girls and boys, young men and women grow in confidence, develop skills for life and become the active citizens of the future.

Together, we have set five challenges giving each scout group the chance to compete to win their place at the top of the GWR Challenge leaderboard.

Check out the challenges below


In Europe

Largest youth organisation
The largest youth organisation in the world is The Scout Association, with 28 million young people from 216 countries and territories registered as of August 2007.
Youngest Chief Scout
The youngest Chief Scout is Edward "Bear" Grylls (UK). He was 34 years old when he received the appointment from by The Council of the Scout Movement in London, in 2009.
The longest handshake relay
The longest handshake relay consisted of 1,238 participants and was achieved by Merseyside Scouts (UK), in Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, on 12 May 2013.
Largest human image of a merit badge
Largest human image of a merit badge consists of 312 participants and was achieved by The Esher District Cubs, Scouts & Explorers (UK), in Surrey, UK, on 26 June 2016.

Largest neckerchief and woggle
The largest neckerchief measures 1,553.3 m² (16,719.5 ft²) and the largest woggle has a width of 2.22 m (7 ft 3.4 in) and a height of 1.21 m (3 ft 11.6 in) and were created by the Scouting Netherlands region Klein Gelderland (Netherlands) and measured in Duiven, Netherlands, on 7 November 2015.
Longest hammock
On 22 June 2002, The Hessenstam Hattem of the Voerman Scouting Group unveiled a giant hand-knotted hammock measuring 2.5 m (8.2ft) wide and 129.29 m (424.17ft) long, in Hattem, Netherlands.
In the United States

Largest ping pong ball release
Boy Scout Troop 442 of Union, Missouri sucessfully retrieved 3,055 ping pong balls on 11 Sept 1999, which had been released from a tractor scoop and rolled half a block downhill into a wooden funnel on North Church Street, Union.
Tallest cookie tower
The tallest cookie tower measured 1.83 m (6 ft 1/8 in) tall and was constructed by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (USA) at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York, USA, on 9 January 2010.
Most money raised in 24 hours by the sale of packaged cakes
The most money raised in 24 hours by the sale of packaged cakes is $389,738.26 (£261,275; €356,254) and was achieved by Girls Scouts - Arizona Cactus - Pine Council (USA) across multiple locations in Phoenix, USA, on 31 January 2015.
Knot-tying - fastest six knots
The fastest recorded time for tying the six Boy Scout Handbook Knots (square knot, sheet bend, sheep shank, clove hitch, round turn and two half hitches, and bowline) on individual ropes is 8.1seconds by Clinton R. Bailey (US) on 13 Apr 1977 at Sunset West Lounge in Pacific City, Oregon, USA.
In Asia and Asia Pacific

The largest piggyback race
The largest piggyback race involved 1,274 participants and was achieved by Scouts Australia (Australia) in Pascoe Vale South, Victoria, Australia, on 25 November 2012.
The largest damper bread
The Queensland branch of the Scout Association of Australia made the largest damper bread, weighing 1.63 tonnes 3,593lb 8oz at Mount Crosby, Queensland, Australia on August 31, 1991.
Longest line of sweets
In 24 hours between 5 to 6 Dec 1998, a total of 60 Scouts from Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, produced a continuous line of 306,250 Mintie sweets, covering a distance of 15.143km 9miles 720yds at Goldfields Leisure Nestle Centre.
Most plates toppled in a domino fashion
A total of 15,396 plates set up by local Scouts at the Anglican Church Grammar School, East Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, were toppled like dominoes to form the 'Dawn' logo at an event sponsored by Procter and Gamble on 16 September 2000.
The most people firewalking
The most people firewalking consecutively is 608 people and was achieved by Eastbourne Scouts (New Zealand), in Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand, on 28 April 2012.
Most people performing flag signals
The most people performing flag signals is 23,321 and was achieved by the Scout Association of Hong Kong at Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong, China, on 21 November 2010.
The longest line of candles lit in relay
The longest line of candles lit in relay is 338 candles and was achieved by the Scout Association of Hong Kong - Hong Kong Island Region (Hong Kong), in Hong Kong, China, on 31 December 2013.
Loudest scream by a crowd (outdoors)
A scream by a group of Scouts (all Finland) was measured to reach a level of 127.2 dBA, in the grounds of Toivala's Metsäkoulu, Siilinjärvi, Finland on 16 April 2005.
And much more…
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