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Notice: Surrey Scouts Attempt World’s Longest Relay Handshake, June 3

Published on: 29 May, 2023
Updated on: 25 May, 2023

Surrey Scouts Big Handshake is Coming. Click for details.

Surrey Scouts will be trying to break the existing record for the world’s longest non-stop relay handshake at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on Saturday, June 3.

The Big Handshake will attempt to beat a record set in 2020 by the Abu Dhabi Police. The existing official world record presently stands at 1,817 people, passing a handshake from person to person. It is therefore hoped that more than 2,000 Surrey people will attend this fun event.

A spokesperson for Surrey Freemasons, who are organising the event for Surrey Scouts, said: “Entering and taking part is completely free, with the emphasis on having fun with families and friends.

“There will also be stalls and music, with all monies raised on the day being donated directly to Surrey Scouts, to enhance their facilities at Bentley Copse Activity Centre in Godalming.

Practising for the Big Handshake. It’s not difficult but Surrey Scouts will be prepared.

“Bentley Copse is used by Scouts from across Surrey, to provide life-developing activities, with camping and dormitory accommodation for longer stays. Hundreds of groups of Surrey Scouts visit each year, and it can accommodate stays for up to 500 young people at a time.

“The Big Handshake will help to pay for new adventure equipment and facilities at Bentley Copse, to help instill in them the teamwork, leadership and resilience skills that have helped past generations of Scouts to become everything from teachers, and social workers, to astronauts and Olympians. In fact, 11 out of 12 people who have walked on the moon were once Scouts!

“To take part in Big Handshake, simply pre-register at the Big Handshake website:

“Then turn up, shake hands, and have fun!”

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