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Good morning Scotland!

Good morning Scotland! Kieran / Emma / Laurie / Alex / Sam / Daniella / Christopher / Casey / Calum / Lachlann / James F. / James G.,Thank you so much for stepping out of your comfort zone and putting yourself forward for ReQuest2021.The Kent ReQuest2021 Team of 8 are really excited that 2 from Scotland will now be joining us on our incredible adventure.There are 12 of you who have submitted full applications as follows – I think the last one I received was at 23.55pm last night!

SS01 Kieran Morren ABSL in Aberdeen District

SS02 Emma Johnston BSL/SAS/Aberdeen Network

SS03 Laurie Todd ASL 89th Stenhousmuir, Falkirk District

SS04 Alex Maciver Explorer Scout Perth & Kinross

SS05 Sam Payne Gordon YL/Lancaster SSAGO/ISSU Member

SS06 Daniella Holder Leader St Andrews Scouts / Networker East Fife

SS07 Christopher Monachello YL Edzell Cubs / North Angus District

SS08 Casey Barrett Explorer Glen Albyn, Highlands & Islands Region

SS09 Calum Milne 1st Kemnay Explorers, Aberdeenshire. Applying as AESL

SS10 Lachlann Lightfoot SL, Hawick Scouts

SS11 James Ferguson Networker / West Lothian

SS12 James Gibson Explorer Leader / Edinburgh Networker

Managing expectations and doing the basic maths that does mean that 83% of you will be disappointed.The two finally selected will therefore have an extra obligation to the other 10 applicants to do them proud for Scotland.The ReQuest2021 Steering Committee, along with Andrew Sharkey (Chief Commissioner of Scotland), will be reviewing your applications carefully during October.The captain of the Bark Europa – Leentje Toering – will also be asked to review your Research Project ideas.Sharkey may decide to contact you ‘locally’ for a meeting or chat as part of the process.We will announce the final two representing Scotland on, or before, 31st October 2019.Without wanting to get too ‘Political’ at all – in a time of deep divisions in the UK, and globally, I personally hope that this strong partnership project between England and Scotland will be a shining example and symbol of unity to the world via Scouting.Having come up with the concept of this project over 5 years ago now, inspired by James Marr of Aberdeen’s book, it will be a real dream come true for me for us to have two Scottish Scouts on board!In the meantime you can follow the project on…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReQuest2021/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/request2021

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/request2021/

All for now!

Yours In Scouting,

Alan

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

Lucy’s Climate Change Blog

Climate Change is complex and controversial. Lucy’s blog is aimed at Guides and Scouts as well as others who want to learn more about this environmental change.

Lucy is a Geography Undergraduate studying at Durham University and has a particular interest in Climate Change. She is interested in the relation between people and the environment and how we can reduce our negative impacts on our planet.

Twelve Archive Video Links – Shackleton/Quest/Marr

1. Sir Ernest Shackleton (1921) – YouTube

2. Shackleton’s Ship At London And Tower Bridges (sic) – British Pathé

3. Shackleton Leaves For Antarctic (1921) – YouTube

4. Uk: Leisure: Departure Of Sir Ernest Shackleton ‘S Ship “The Quest” From Tower Bridge For South Seas/Antartic Expedition – British Pathé

5. Shackleton’s Last Antarctic Expedition

6. Uruguay: Funeral Of Sir Ernest Shackleton At Monte Video – British Pathé

7. Expeditions: “The Quest” Arrives At Plymouth At End Of Antarctic Expedition – British Pathé

8. Story Of The Quest (1922)

9. Scout Mar (sic) Wreath On Statue Of Captain Scott Aka Scout Marr AKA A Christmas Remembrance – British Pathé

10. For The North Pole (1925) – YouTube

11. By Airship To The North Pole (1925) – YouTube

12. Shackleton!…Explorer!! – British Pathé

The Caithness Stone has stone has just arrived from Scotland!

The Caithness Stone

A visit today to lettering artist Mark Brooks from Canterbury. The Caithness Stone has just arrived from Scotland for the two plaques we are commissioning as part of the ReQuest2021 project commemorating James Marr and Norman Mooney, the two scouts who took part in Shackleton’s Quest Expedition to the Antarctic in 1921. It is a beautiful stone, ideal for inscriptional work and has outstanding weathering capabilities.

The approved artwork

Both stones will have the same design but will be different in size. The larger one will be sited in an appropriate place at Scout HQ Gilwell Park, and the smaller one will accompany the ReQuest2021 team on the expedition to Antarctica in the Winter of 2021/22.

A practice run on a spare piece of stone

The plaques will be a celebration of the two scouts’ participation in the expedition. We did not feel the need for solemnity, so Mark has designed them with bold energetic letter forms. Lively ligatures and playful nesting of letters are used in order that the letters fit neatly into a rectangular block and with an even pattern. We want the stones to be as visually engaging as possible. The letters are tightly and efficiently packed into the stones’ dimensions in order to reduce the footprint. The larger stone will be an echo of its smaller cousin.

The stones will be cut using two cleverly overlaid templates – Template 1
The stones will be cut using two cleverly overlaid templates – Template 2

Research Projects

The ReQuest Team Members will each undertake an Antarctic Research Project and present their results in different formats on their return.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Lucy Morgan’s: Writing a blog about climate change, based around questions people have. Also running Guide/Scout meetings on the topic. Plus she will be running a fundraising event  related to climate change.

PHYSIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT

Genevieve Scullion’s: The physical effects of different temperatures on body functions. With the help of the members of the expedition, she will be able to measure the effect of varying temperatures on lung function, heart  rate/ blood pressure and reactions.

3D ICEBERG SIMULATION

George Stonor’s: A study into the movement of icebergs after they have detached from the ice shelf. This would involve understanding the different forces acting on the ice -such as sea currents, winds and gravity – and their resultant effects.

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

Darcey Holmes’s: Capturing, using photography, a historical journey in contrast with 100 years ago. Using art to convey the overwhelming effects of human activity and climate change on Antarctica’s landscape and wildlife.

THE SOUNDS OF ANTARCTICA

Alan Noake’s: Recording an entire “soundscape” podcast of Antarctica – the various sounds of the ship, icebergs, wildlife and weather. As well as one-to-one interviews with participants, crew, scientists and tourists. The project aim is to produce a complete audio record of the project.

MOTION SICKNESS STUDY

Cathy Mummery’s: The physiological causes of motion sickness and then whilst on Bark Europa look into the various treatments and how effective they are on individuals – shop bought medications, natural remedies and common sense remedies (watching the horizon, fresh air etc.)

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD

Laura Bernard’s: Document, through pictures, the physical and psychological effects of fellow explorers throughout the journey to and from Antarctica. Capturing the highs and lows of the entire experience.

ELECTRICITY GENERATION

Matt Wood’s: Carry out first hand research on how electricity is generated and stored in the research bases on Antarctica. We all know that global warming is happening, and one of the key issues contributing to this is the way we (humans) generate and use electricity.

A Hot June Evening In Antarctica!

It was somewhat ironic that Kent Scouts chose to run its Evening In Antarctica on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far!

Back Row (Left to Right): Darcey Holmes, Colin Walker, Genevieve Scullion, The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, Lucy Morgan, George Stonor, Joe Doherty.
Front Row (Left to Right): Cathy Mummery, Alan Noake, Matt Wood and Shackleton The Penguin!

On Saturday 29th June guests gathered from around the County, and beyond, in the barn at Lower Grange Farm in Kent for an evening of presentations to learn all about the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctica Project.

The guest speakers were Colin Walker (Scout Historian and Archivist), Joe Doherty (The first scout to ski to the South Pole and kite ski back) and the Honourable Alexandra Shackleton (Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Granddaughter) who is also one of the project’s three supporting patrons.

ReQuest2021 Team
The ReQuest2021 Team (From Left to Right): Matt Wood, George Stonor, Darcey Holmes, Genevieve Scullion, Alan Noake (with Shackleton The Penguin!), Cathy Mummery and Lucy Morgan. (Plus, not forgetting, Laura Bernard – who was unable to be present for the photo!)

The ReQuest2021 Team (From Left to Right): Matt Wood, George Stonor, Darcey Holmes, Genevieve Scullion, Alan Noake (with Shackleton The Penguin!), Cathy Mummery and Lucy Morgan.
(Plus, not forgetting, Laura Bernard – who was unable to be present at the event.)


The project’s other two supporting patrons sent the team video messages – James Ketchell, currently flying a gyrocopter all around the world and Felicity Aston MBE, the first woman to ski to the South Pole.

In the Winter of 2021/22, the team of Scouts will be sailing on the Bark Europa Tall Ship from South America to Port Lockroy in Antarctica.  Exactly 100 years after  two Scouts sailed on Shackleton’s final Quest Expedition the project‘s objectives will be: –

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

All four youth participants gave an overview of their Antarctic Research projects. Genevieve’s is a PHYSIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT, Lucy’s is on CLIMATE CHANGE, Darcey’s is using PHOTOGRAPHY & ART and George’s is doing 3D ICEBERG SIMULATION. #MakeItHappen.

The top four Raffle prizes donated for the night were as follows:-

  1.     A Thames Cruise on The Lady Daphne Thames Barge (including Tower Bridge opening) for four people worth over £100. Aug/Sep options for 2019. [DONATED BY: SAM HOWE AND ANDY TAYLOR, LADY DAPHNE]

2.     Into The Frozen South Book 1923 (with facsimile of original cover). Worth around £100. [DONATED BY: PAUL DAVIS, KINGSBRIDGE BOOKS]

3.     The Shackleton Voyages Book [DONATED BY: PAUL DAVIS, KINGSBRIDGE BOOKS]

4.     SendMeCakes Ultimate Bake Box Gift Voucher. Worth £22. [DONATED BY: LOU MILLIGAN, SEND ME CAKES]

The team have fundraised £26,545 so far with a project target of £85,000. Gentoo penguin level sponsors (each donating over £250) to date include the Gallagher Group Ltd, the Deep-Sea Scouts and The Goodwin Sands Potholing Club.  

Kent Scouts is one of the largest Scouting counties in the UK. Giving adventure to 17,112 young people and 5,439 adults across Kent. We are an umbrella organisation to the Scout Association of the UK operating in the Local authorities of Kent County Council and Medway Council. The aim of the Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

For various ways you can follow and support the project please visit: http://www.fundraisingladder.co.uk/ReQuest2021