Record breaking night

3.5 stars

The whole concept is to have a series of 'records' and try and break them. 

Ideas or examples include:

  • who has the highest vertical leap (use chalk on a wall)
  • who can 'sit' leaning against a wall with legs at right angles for the longest
  • who can fly a paper airplane the furtherest
  • who can memorize the most sequential numbers
  • who can solve a rubix cube the quickest
  • number of throws of a frisbee or flying disc between two or three people without it hitting the ground
  • quickest time for undoing a human knot game
  • see comments below for more ideas

Basically anything works here - use your imagination, add your suggestions in the comments box below and we'll add to this list.

The night works best if you keep track of previous year's records (and the name of the people who set them) and aim to beat previous years.  We have a wooden board with the records painted on.  The more you can pump this up, the better.  

Try and have a good mix of physical, intellectual, etc. and take care to ensure those who may not be as 'gifted' don't feel left out!

Another potential variation of this game is to source a copy of the Guinness Book of Records and try to find a record you think your group could break.  They have some quite obscure records in there that can be broken with the right group of determined young people!


  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Small area
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Longer (30-60 mins)
Submit your vote:



Who can catch a raw egg thrown from the farthest distance without it breaking?
- Ashley (28 Feb 2008)

how many maltesers can you transport between two points using only a drinking straw
- claire (27 Jun 2008)

How long can you hold a bag of flour out on the hand of your outstretched arm?
- claire (27 Jun 2008)

Who can stay duct taped to the wall the longest (include the team members in the "record book."

Who can drink the most soda without burping (must do 10 jumping jacks between shots).
- Morgan (30 Jun 2008)

how many times can you bounce a ball on your head?
- charlene (16 Jul 2008)

How long can you stand on one foot while drinking a half full cup of water. (or how many cups of water can you drink while standing on one foot)

Longest Bible verse you can memorize in under one minute
- Jeremy (31 Dec 2008)

who can jumprope the longest
- Abby (2 Oct 2009)

my youth group shuld do this!!!! i live in a little town and youth group is a HUGE thing. we get like, 21 people. in a little town that's amazing!!!
- yg lover (26 Nov 2009)

who can bow the largest bubble gum bubble??
- Neekers Sneakers (1 Mar 2010)

Who can hold their breath the longest
- Dave (12 Feb 2011)

Who could hula hoop the longest
- Bob (7 Jun 2011)

Who can spit a marshmallow the longest distance
- Scott H (17 Sep 2011)

Who can eat 8 (or however many you want) saltine crackers and whistle first
- -Alexis (3 Mar 2012)

Fastest completion of a sudoku puzzle
Longest passage of scripture quoted
most hacks with a hacky sac
fastest to drink 2L of water
funniest joke, by vote (only one submission each)
longest hair
biggest / smallest hand span
- Flat Tony (19 Apr 2013)

longest handstand or logest distance walking on hands
- christo scheepers (1 Aug 2013)

you don't always have to be nice with this eg:

-onion eating
-who can fit the most marshmallows in their mouth
-who can drink 1l of milk the fastest
and so on remember if you run the activity you don't have to do it.
- buddafav (2 Oct 2013)

-whoever can eat a whole lemon (minus the rind) fastest
-whoever can do the most number of squats
-who can keep their eyes open for the longest without blinking
- Joyce (29 Oct 2013)

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