Month: September 2019

 

Over £30,000 raised so far!

As of 24th September 2019 we have just passed the £30,000 mark towards making Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Antarctica Project happen! Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far we have now hit 35% of our overall target. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ReQuest2021

Here is a reminder of our ten project objectives – primary and secondary.

Primary Project Objectives:

  1. Participate as members of the crew on the Barque Europa on a voyage to Antarctica in the Winter ‘21/’22.
  2. For each of the participants to carry out an Antarctic research project and present the results upon return.
  3. To visit Port Lockroy base that was established by Scout James Marr and fly a Scout flag on Antarctica.
  4. To unveil an expedition plaque dedicated to Marr & Mooney at Gilwell Park and Port Lockroy in Antarctica.
  5. To involve the younger sections in join-in educational fun activities in the form of Antarctica In An Ice Box.

Secondary Project Objectives:

  1. Hold a pre-expedition PR event for sponsors, participants and Scouting dignitaries on board a similar 100-year-old vessel at St Katherine’s Dock, on 17th Sep ‘21 and have Tower Bridge opened just for us!
  2. Attend the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society Quest reconstruction event at Plymouth in Sep 2021.
  3. To have Scouting representation at Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Grave on South Georgia on 4th/5th January 2022.
  4. Potential to link up with Scouts in other countries on the original expedition route.
  5. Potential to create a legacy charity project. T.A.S.K. – “The Antarctica Scout Krill” project.

PRESS RELEASE – 17th September 2019 – Requesting To Raise Tower Bridge

In exactly two years’ time to the day – Friday 17th September 2021 – the Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project plan to replicate Shackleton’s original Quest sailing under Tower Bridge. To that end they have partnered up with the Lady Daphne Thames Barge and on the day, they intend to entertain their immediate families, top Project Sponsors and Scouting Dignitaries on board. They will have Tower Bridge raised just for them and sail on up the Thames to Greenwich.This was clearly also a promotional stunt by Shackleton and his crew with the two Scottish Scouts on board 100 years ago, as there is no real need to sail under Tower Bridge from St. Catherine’s Dock if heading out to sea! The team also have permission to fly a #ReQuest2021 Scouting flag on board on the day. This will all happen approximately three months before they set off to Antarctica on the research expedition itself on the Bark Europa tall ship from South America.The ten strong #ReQuest2021 team will be made up of eight from Kent (four over 25 and four between 18 & 25) plus two more from Scotland (just like on the original Quest expedition!) also between 18 & 25 . All the project team are dedicated to raising awareness of Scouting’s strong links with Sir Ernest Shackleton and Antarctica. Find out about all the many different ways you can follow and support the expedition on www.fundraisingladder.co.uk/ReQuest2021

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The Quest sailing under Tower Bridge 17th September 1921
Scottish Scouts James Marr and Norman Mooney raising the Union Flag on board the Quest 17th September 1921
The crew of Shackleton’s Quest Expediton including Scouts Marr and Mooney on 17th September 1921
The Lady Daphne Thames Barge our partners for recreating the Quest passing under Tower Bridge on 17th September 2021

Calling all Scottish Scouts!

The Kent Scouts Global Projects team are looking to find two Scottish Scouts who will be 18 by Dec 2021 and up for the challenge to join them on their #ReQuest2021 Research Project to Antarctica. Find out more on www.ReQuest2021.org.uk or email alan.noake@kentscouts.org.uk for more information. Deadline for Scottish applications is 30th September 2019

Original Telegram 1921

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