Category: Selection Process


Scotland Send On A Substitute!

Press Release – Dated 26/09/20
Scotland Send On A Substitute!

Alex Maciver, an Explorer Scout from Perth & Kinross, has stepped up “from the bench” as first reserve to join the ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Team on what promises to be the journey of a lifetime!

Alex Maciver

Alex is from a small highland town called Aberfeldy. He holds the Young Leader belt and is currently working towards his Queen’s Scout and DofE Gold awards.

Alex has been to Poland and Switzerland with his local Scout troop, he was a participant at the Blair Atholl Jamborette in 2018 and he was lucky to be a participant in Unit 90 for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America.

Alex’s fundraising page:

Alex will be taking the place of Emma Johnston who for personal reasons has very sadly decided to withdraw from the actual journey to Antarctica. Emma intends to remain as part of the wider ReQuest2021 supporting team and she still aims to complete her personal project of producing some fun & educational children’s books about Antarctica.

In the Winter of 2021/22, the team of ten (8 from Kent and 2 from Scotland) 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 Fordell Firs Scottish HQ.
  • To involve the younger sections in join-in educational fun  activities in the form of Antarctica In An Ice Box.

The team have fundraised just over £60,000 so far with a project target of £110,000. King penguin level sponsors (each donating over £1000) to date include the Deep-Sea Scouts, the Earl of Radnor and the Boatmen’s Charity (Deal). Fundraising continues despite the impact of Coronavirus and they only have until the end of June 2021 to raise another £50,000.
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. They 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:

There are three easy options for your donation payments: –
1. Please make any donation cheques payable to “Kent County Scout Council”, and post to Kent Scouts, Lower Grange Farm, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3DA.
2.  You can donate by BACS to Sort Code: 40-52-40 Account #: 00015563
            quoting “Request2021” as a reference.
3.  Or online via our Virgin Money Giving Page: or via the link our website:

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For more info, or for higher resolution versions of images, please contact:-
Alan Noake
Assistant County Commissioner (Global Projects)
07525 633435
Kent Scouts County Office
Lower Grange Farm
ME14 3DA

ReQuest2021 Podcast Ep.7

EPISODE 7 – Thursday 7th May 2020  – Celebrating being half way on our ReQuest2021 Fundraising, more from Alan’s presentation to Medway Towns Scout Active Support with a focus on the 1921 Scout Selection Process by Shackleton and ReQuest2021 Interview with Emma Johnston.

A podcast 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.

Emma Johnston

Show Notes

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

Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir Percy Everett (Deputy Chief Scout at the time) and Major Wade, plus the other scouts up for selection along with James Marr and Norman Mooney, 1921.
The 10 Boy Scouts put forward for final selection back in 1921
(Source: The Daily Graphic, Thursday August 18th 1921)
Norman Mooney, Sir Ernest Shackleton & James Marr, 1921
(Photo: Scout Association Archives)

Highlights tour of our interactive museum with sound commentary

An online interactive virtual reality exhibition to promote the Kent Scouts #REQUEST2021 Antarctic Research Project and the legacy of two Scouts – James William Slesser Marr and Norman Erland Mooney – who sailed with Shackleton on the original 1921 Quest Expedition.


Once the exhibition has fully loaded press the play button for the highlights tour with voice commentary.


Not got much time?
Below is a simple video version with sound commentary of the highlights tour of our #ReQuest2021 Exhibition…

Visit our Fundraising Ladder for different ways to follow and support the project including our infamous Penguin Badges, Antarctic Top Trumps, Social Media pages and lots more…

Our 3D Interactive Virtual Reality ReQuest2021 Museum

Please take a look out our brand new interactive 3D ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project Museum

ENTER THE MUSEUM HERE: (Note: There is no sound – yet!)

You can do a guided tour of just the highlights (by clicking on the play button) or just browse around at your leisure. Click on an image to see it in more detail.

It is entirely FREE to enter however if you would like to make a voluntary donation it would be most appreciated.

And if you have a virtual reality headset for your smartphone you can download the ArtSteps App and go around the museum in VR!


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…




All for now!

Yours In Scouting,


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 or email for more information. Deadline for Scottish applications is 30th September 2019

Original Telegram 1921