Category: Events


James Caird Sponsored Row-A-Thon

A sponsored Row-A-Thon launched with two high profile rowing machines either side of Shackleton’s famous James Caird lifeboat and lots of other rowers participating simultaneously on rowing machines all over the world. The aim is to clock up 1500km (the equivalent of 800 nautical miles or 933 miles!) – the amazing distance covered on the Endurance expedition’s incredible boat journey.

800 Nautical Miles from Elephant Island to South Georgia

The event officially started at midday on 14th April 2021 and remains open until the end of April 2021 to see what final distance can be achieved!

We invite professional and amateur rowers around the world to join the team, raise some sponsorship and take part in this heritage celebration event.

All profits go to the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project.

[Kent County Scout Council. Charity Number: 303471]

A partnership project between Kent Scouts, The James Caird Society and Dulwich College.


Visit the following link to donate to the “virtual” rowing team’s efforts:

By cheque to “Kent County Scout Council” and send to Kent Scouts County Office, Lower Grange Farm, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3DA

By BACS to Kent County Scout Council, CAF Bank, Sort Code: 40-52-40 Account #: 00015563 quoting reference “Request2021”.

By TEXT – Just text REQUESTROW 10 to 70450 to donate £10
Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS
If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text REQUESTROWNOINFO 10 to 70450

NOTE: To donate a different amount just replace the 10 with the amount you wish to donate instead





Quest Chronicle

You can follow along a day by day (almost!) account of the Shackleton-Rowett (Quest) Expedition 1921-1922.

Starting soon the Quest Chronicle will be recounting the events of the Shackleton-Rowett (Quest) Expedition of 1921-1922 as if it was happening in real time.

Quest at St. Katharine Docks September 1921

Here’s the ‘long’ and the ‘short’ of it…



The Quest for the Silver Suitcase 2022 is finally over!

Our annual Quest treasure hunt has raised over £600 for the project.

This year’s Quest was won by Cathy & Val Mummery. Over 50 households took part and had to solve clues all over the world from the comfort of their own homes during lockdown. It all culminated in trying to find the elusive Silver Suitcase which was in finally found in the longest UK place name village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!


Elmer has a ReQuest2021 penguin badge!

Elmer’s camp blanket is now finished – and he is resplendent with his 22 Kent District badges, plus badges for KIJ2022, ReQuest2021 and the fundraising badge!

Elmer Maidstone Website

Elmer and his friends will now be marching onto the streets of Maidstone to form the first-ever public art trail in the County town on Saturday 19 June 2021 for nine weeks.

After the Maidstone Heart of Kent Hospice Elmer trail he will then be visiting Lower Grange Farm and going to Kent International Jamboree!

Antarctic Quest 21 – A Strong Project Partner

The ReQuest2021 team are delighted to be partnering with another polar project – Antarctic Quest 21 taking place early in 2022. There is certainly a common ethos shared between the two projects. The Antarctic Quest 21 team will kindly be helping some of the ReQuest2021 team capture research data.

The Antarctic Quest 21 expedition is all about highlighting the values and the spirit of the heroic pioneers of Antarctic Exploration and in particular Sir Ernest Shackleton. It is also about undertaking a journey that will allow the team to contribute to the scientific understanding of what is happening in Antarctica and what this means to every one of us. Finally, it is about extending that knowledge to future generations so that they may also be inspired by the science and adventure of what our forebears have done.

Find out more about their project on

Online Presentation

Shackleton’s Scouts – Online Presentation 5pm on Sunday 6th December 2020.

Sign up now: £6 a ticket.

All funds will go to the ReQuest2021 Project


“Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final Quest expedition marked the end of what has now become known as the heroic age of exploration. In 1921 King George V was on the throne and David Lloyd George was prime minister. Back then two boy scouts were selected from around 1700 other scouts to represent Scouting, King and Country by joining Shackleton on the expedition of a lifetime to Antarctica. Alan tells the story from the perspective of the two Scouts and how it changed their lives to be part of this important historic expedition. He then gives an overview of his plans for Kent Scouts to recreate a similar research expedition 100 years later in 2021.”

Zoom Login Details will be sent out just before the event.


The London Landmarks Half Marathon

We are seeking one more volunteer aged 17+ willing to join our team of five, get sponsored and ride a penguin (see below!) to take part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd May 2021 and help raise funds for the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project. Each volunteer will have a target to raise of £500 or more! Help will be provided with promoting each place and with taking online payments.

London Landmarks Half Marathon Website:

Donate Here – ReQuest2021

We will also looking for a support crew to cheer them along on the day.

To volunteer or for more information contact:

ReQuest2021 Podcast Ep.10

EPISODE 10 – Saturday 1st Aug 2020  – this episode includes the voiceovers by Query The Penguin used to educate beavers, rainbows, cubs, brownies, scouts and guides as part of our fantastic Climate Quest event; the penultimate clip from Alan Noake’s Walderslade presentation to Medway Towns SAS, this time focusing on Shackleton’s leadership skills and Kent Scouts’ partnership with the Lady Daphne Thames Barge; and the ReQuest interview with Laura Bernard another Kent participant over 25.

Laura Bernard

The ReQuest2021 podcast is documenting the Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Research Project all the way to Antarctica and back again! Interviews, Scouting historical links, events and research project work recorded along the way. Part of Alan Noake’s Antarctic Soundscapes project.

Show Notes

Climate Quest

The Lady Daphne Thames Barge

A link to Laura Bernard’s Fundraising Page:

Lots of Different Ways to Follow and Support The Project including our penguin badges, Antarctic Top Trumps and other merchandise…


Held over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July 2020 Climate Quest was a virtual event hosted by Sevenoaks District in partnership with the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project.

One of the key themes of the main Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctica project mission is Environment. Antarctica is a living environmental laboratory for Climate Change and Antarctic Wildlife. Climate Quest was put together to engage young people in these important issues.

To earn their Climate Quest Badge participants had to complete a minimum of 2 activities from each of the three different zones – Causes, Consequences and Take Action.

Around 300 people registered for the event and orders have been placed for somewhere in the region of 200 badges already! The activities are still available for other to take part in due course.


All the feedback and response from the participants and parents has been phenomenal…

“Thank you. We have had a great time and really enjoyed the tasks. Lots of chatting about the environment with a 5yr old and 10yr old!”

“Such a great weekend full of fun and interesting activities, thank you Kent Scouts. Alex and Charlotte from 1st New Barn Cubs and Beavers.”

“My boys Harrison & Finlay from Larkfield 1st with most of their completed challenges from this Climate Quest Weekend. Thanks so much for all the organising. It was utterly brilliant.”

“Isla, 2nd Radipole Guides, and Oli, Weymouth South Scouts, have enjoyed taking part in the Climate Quest this weekend. Thank you so much for running the event and organising such fantastic activities.”

“I would just like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the team at Climate Quest. William from 10th Fareham Cubs, Hampshire has had a fab weekend of activities learning lots of things about global warming, recycling. He has loved every minute of it.”

“Bird feeders made, extreme weather report and macaroni cheese made for dinner. Oliver has had a great weekend doing the activities. Thank you to everyone involved.”

During the weekend the number of followers on the ReQuest2021 Facebook page reached over 500

For more information about Climate Quest and the Research2021 project contact or visit                 [NUMBER OF WORDS: 367]

The Quest for the Silver Penguin begins!

I really was in front of Dover Castle – honest!

The Quest for the Silver Penguin begins!

Last day at £5 to join the Quest for the Silver Penguin treasure hunt. From now on the entry donation goes up by £1 a day (To pay for the clues missed!).

#REQUEST2021 @Kentscouts