Month: February 2021




Anyone who chooses a penguin now is guaranteed to get one in due course:

They will also be for sale on eBay now later in the year!

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!

Antarctica In An Icebox

Antarctica In An Icebox

A box of fun and educational resources about climate change, environment, wildlife & heritage.

Welcome to Antarctica In An Icebox! These packs of resources will be used to launch a programme of activities in Scout Districts based upon all the amazing lessons to be learned about peace, environment and heritage from the continent of Antarctica.

Each box contains:-

Antarctica Flag

Antarctic Explorer Map

Penguin Moulds for Making Ice Cubes / Chocolate

Greta Thornberg’s Book – “No one too small”

Penguin Chick “Piggy Bank”

Ocean Augmented Reality Cards

Happy Feet 1&2 DVDs

Shackleton: The Boss. Children’s Book.

Into The Frozen South Book – James Marr

Shackleton: The Voyage of the James Caird Graphic Novel

ReQuest2021 Antarctica Top Trumps

16Gb Penguin USB stick – packed full of electronic resources!

Penguin USB Stick
Packed full of fun and educational resources about Antarctica, Polar Wildlife and Heritage – videos, activities, books.

Plus each icebox will come with a Shackleton The Penguin toy

Project Patrons

The ReQuest2021 Project Patrons

We are blessed to have such wonderful project patrons!

The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton with four of the ReQuest2021 Team – Darcey, Genevieve, Lucy and George.

(1) Our leading patron is The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton is the only granddaughter of the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. She has been much involved in telling the story of the achievements of Shackleton and his men. She has herself visited the Antarctic several times. She has been a Patron of numerous Antarctic expeditions and is a champion for the preservation of this great wilderness.

Our four other supporting patrons are:-

Felicity Aston MBE

(2) Felicity Aston MBE is an author, speaker, expedition leader and former Antarctic scientist. In 2012 she became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica. (

James Ketchell

(3) James Ketchell commonly known as ‘Captain Ketch‘, is a British adventurer. In 2014, he became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. (

Louis Rudd MBE

(4) Louis Rudd MBE is a record-breaking polar adventurer, expedition leader, former Royal Marine Commando and SAS soldier, with 34 years of service. He is the first – and only – person to have traversed Antarctica twice using human power alone and has reached the South Pole three times from different coastal start points. He is a member of the exclusive Explorers Club, a Published Author and accomplished Public Speaker. (

Wayne White

(5) Wayne White has been a contractor working mostly for the US Defense Department for the last 25 years. He spent the majority of that time in foreign and remote places: Diego Garcia British Indian Ocean Territory, Singapore, Midway Atoll, Shemya Island Alaska, Iraq, Kuwait, Wake Island, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Ascension Island. Most recently, he was a contractor employed by the United States Antarctic Program as the Winter Manager at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. In 2020 he became the first Winter Manager in the 63-year history of the South Pole Station to endure three winters. As the senior member of the South Pole Station, he was responsible for the lives and well-being of 41 other crew members, the station and science facilities during the long Antarctic winters. (  


(6) Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE is an English explorer and holder of several endurance records. He is also a prolific writer.

He kindly acknowledged our project and has allowed us to use his name as a nominal patron.


Our new Shackleton The Penguin toy – Erin’s simply not letting him go!

So Erin’s got hold of our first sample Shackleton The Penguin plush toy and she’s not letting go of him!

Want one too? Well, here’s the deal…

We’d really love to place our first order and make this happen but first we need your help!
Basically it will take up to 12 weeks for us to receive an initial minimum order of 300 penguins.
However we must first have 300 firm orders to ensure that the ReQuest2021 project does not make a loss.
So if you make a pledged payment now then your card will only be charged if and when we reach 300 orders.
The first 100 people can donate £10, or more, per penguin (inc UK p&p).
The next 200 people can donate £25, or more, per penguin (inc UK p&p).
Non-UK supporters will need to pay a fair nominal extra delivery cost before dispatch.
The white cloth woggles and neckers are included.
£5 Miniature white leather ReQuest2021 woggles are an optional accessory* (inc p&p).

(*Not suitable for under for under 5 year olds)

#ReQuest2021 #ShackletonThePenguin

By pledging to buy a Shackleton The Penguin plush toy  you will be helping us to:

• Sail to Antarctica in the Winter of ‘21/’22.
• Develop 10 Antarctica Ambassadors.
• Undertake 10 Antarctic Research Projects.
• Produce Educational Fun Resources.

Many of our other large fundraising events have been cancelled due to Coronavirus so we need all the help we can get to hit our fundraising targets.

We do realise this is an extremely tough time for everyone and we are immensely grateful for your valued support!

Once we have covered the cost of production all profits will go to the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project [Kent County Scout Council – Charity Number 303471]

ReQuest2021 Podcast Ep. 16

EPISODE 16 – Mon 1st Feb 2021  – An update on our fundraising efforts, the story of Alan the eleven-year-old Antarctic Krill and the ReQuest interview with Philippa Davies, who hosts the Canterbury-based annual Antarctica enthusiasts’ event – Cantarctica and is also the founder of the Betjeman Society.

Some follow up thoughts from Philippa received after recording for the podcast…

“For variety you are welcome to swap my ginger biscuits for mint imperials. I never have travelled without them and have a tin full in my car. My grandchildren call them magic mints.” 

“Another fascinating link is that Louisa Young, Kathleen Scott’s daughter by her second marriage is a goddaughter of Betjeman. So, Betjeman and Scott link.”

Philippa Davies with her wonderful scale model of Scott’s Discovery

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

Alan the eleven-year-old Antarctic Krill

The Curious Life of Krill by Stephen Nichol

The Betjeman Society Website:

“The Betjeman Society Scrapbook” by Philippa Davies

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