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Scottish Scouts Selected

A huge congratulations to Emma Johnston and Sam Payne, both from Aberdeenshire, who have just joined the ReQuest2021 project team to represent Scotland!

During October 2019 the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 project steering committee have been carefully selecting these two Scottish Scouts to join the project team and follow in the footsteps of Scouts Marr and Mooney who went on the original Quest Expedition with Shackleton back in 1921. There were 23 Scottish expressions of interest, 12 full applications submitted and finally these 2 were selected to go.

Emma is currently studying towards a degree in Genetics and Immunology and she is in the process of applying for a postgraduate course in primary education. She has an infectious energy and is clearly able to keep spirits up in the hardest of times which should ensure her role in the team is valued.

Alongside his university studies as a geography student, Sam also volunteers with the Royal Geographical Society as a Student Ambassador, presenting to secondary school and sixth form/college students about geography, why they should take it as an optional subject and where it can take them.

So, the ten strong #ReQuest2021 team will now be made up these two from Scotland aged between 18 & 25 and of the eight more already selected from Kent (four over 25 and four between 18 & 25). All the project team are dedicated to raising awareness of Scouting’s strong links with Sir Ernest Shackleton and Antarctica. Each team member will also have to undertake their own Antarctic Research Project.

In just over two years’ time, on 27th December 2021, the Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project team will be sailing from Ushuaia in Argentina to Antarctica. To that end they have partnered up with the Bark Europa, a hundred-year-old sailing vessel and the only tall ship with permission to enter Antarctic waters.

To account for the additional fundraising required the overall project target has now been amended to £110,000. To date the team have raised around £32,000 – so, they still have a huge amount more to raise during 2020! Find out about all the many different ways you can become a penguin supporter and support the expedition on www.ReQuest2021.org.uk/support  

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

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