We did it! Our Shackleton Scouts’ Own made its way all the way from London to Antarctica and back again following the route of the 1921-1922 Shackleton-Rowett ‘Quest’ Expedition exactly one hundred years later. Huge thanks to everyone who participated along the way. #REQUEST2021


Sunday 5th September – Gilwell Scout HQ, by the REQUEST2021 plaque and interpretation board to Scouts Marr & Mooney.

Left to Right: Mark Lawrence, Helen Maxwell, Graeme Maxwell, David Wraight, Lucy Morgan, Seb Maxwell, Cathy Mummery, Silas Maxwell and Tony Harvey,

Friday 17th September – St. Katharine Docks, held by the REQUEST2021 team meeting up as a group face to face for the very first time.

Left to Right: Alex Maciver, Darcey Holmes, Genevieve Scullion, Sam Payne, Lucy Morgan, George Stonor, Cathy Mummery, Alan Noake, Laura Bernard and Matt Wood.

Saturday 18th September 6pm – Gravesend, held by the LV21 lightship in St. Andrews Gardens.

Sunday 19th September 6pm – Sheerness, in front of Sheerness Swimming Pool.

Sheerness – Shackleton Scouts’ Own held on Sunday 19th September 2021 one hundred years after the Quest was in port.

Friday 24th September 6pm – Plymouth, on the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican.

Our motley crew of a dozen who held the Scouts’ Own at Plymouth.
Plymouth – Shackleton Scouts’ Own held on the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of Plymouth on Friday 24th September 2021 with a motley crew of a dozen who turned up to mark the occasion. The exact day that the Quest ship left England for Antarctica.
NOTE: There is lots of background noise – motorbikes, tourists and seagulls so it is not always easy to listen to the readings but it serves a record to capture the spirit of the respectful occasion that was held.

Monday 11th October 2021 – Lisbon.

Monday 18th October 2021 – Madeira, One hundred years to the day the Quest left Madeira we are grateful to Luis Sousa who arranged for members of Agrupamento 432 Sagrado Coração de Jesus in Funchal, Madeira ( to hold our Shackleton Scouts’ Own to mark the departure of the expedition.

Thursday 28th October 2021 – Cape Verde Islands (St. Vincent).

A huge thanks to Carlos Monteiro and the Scouts of the Cape Verde islands who held our Shackleton Scouts’ Own for the day the Quest left St. Vincent (28th Oct).

Cape Verde Scouts

Monday 8th November 2021 – St. Pauls Rocks (Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago)

REQUEST2021 – 100 years to the day that the Quest visited St. Pauls Rocks (8th November 1921), here is the video of our Shackleton Scouts’ Own ceremony held by St Paul’s Scout Group at their Headquarters in Maidstone, Kent. THANKS TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF ST. PAUL’S GROUP WHO TOOK PART INCLUDING IAIN & VICKY SOAMES. PLUS MATT WOOD FROM THE REQUEST2021 TEAM.

Saturday 18th December 2021 – Rio de Janeiro, at the Christ The Redeemer Statue!

Shackleton Scouts’ Own – Rio de Janeiro #REQUEST2021

100 years ago to the day Shackleton’s Quest left Rio!

A symbol of Christianity around the world, the statue has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

5th Jan – the anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Death. Venue: REQUEST2021 team on Bark Europa in Antarctica and as many Scout Groups as possible around the world on the same day.

Shackleton Scouts’ Own – held by the REQUEST2021 team and fellow crew members on board the Bark Europa whilst visiting the Antarctic Peninsula on 5th January 2022.

Falkland Islands.

South Georgia.

Shackleton service at Shackleton’s Grave, South Georgia. 5th January 2022.
(The Quest was in South Georgia from 4th Jan – 18th January 1922.)

In the group photo we have members from many of the different teams who work on the island, including; the CEO of the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; crew from the fishery patrol vessel Pharos SG; British Antarctic Survey team members; the government’s rodent sniffer dog handler (and dog); as well as South Georgia Heritage Trust’s Conner McLeod, who proudly wore the scout necker.
The individual photo is of Conner McLeod, a Falkland Islander and ex-scout. He is spending the summer working as an assistant for South Georgia Heritage Trust, preserving the heritage on South Georgia and working in the museum where a new exhibition has been erected to celebrate the Quest expedition.

Thursday 20th January 2022 Zavadovski Island – Sandwich Scouts representing Zavadovski Island in the South Sandwich Islands. Venue: Sandwich Scout HQ.

Sandwich Scout Group in Kent

Tuesday 15th February 2022 – Pack Ice

185th Glasgow – Cub section supporting @request2021 #ReQuest2021 @185ScoutGroup
Cub Scouts Own held at 70th Lyle Kirk, Greenock
1st Insch Scouts enjoyed learning about both the original voyage and Request.
7th Deal Cub Pack holding Shackleton Scouts’ Own
Commemorating the Quest being in Pack Ice (69°17’ S, 17°09’ E) (Sat 4th Feb 1922 – Wed 15th Feb 1922)

Sunday 27th March 2022 – Elephant Island, Elephant Park, Swanley District. Recorded at 4pm on Sunday 20th March.

Shackleton Scouts’ Own – Elephant Park, Swanley District in Kent representing Quest leaving Elephant Island on 27th March 1922. A huge thanks to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Networkers, Leaders and parents for holding this ceremony to mark the occasion. Sincere apologies for the sound quality for the first half of the video. It improves part way through.

Sunday 8th May 2022 – South Georgia (Second time!), Shackleton’s Cross & Cairn, South Georgia #REQUEST2021 – Marking one hundred years since the Quest left South Georgia, for the second time, on the SHACKLETON-ROWETT Expedition. Huge thanks to Sarah Clark for visiting the cairn and cross for us on Saturday 7th May 2022. Reading from Scout Marr’s INTO THE FROZEN SOUTH. (Chapter XVI)

Wednesday 25th May 2022 – Tristan da Cunha.

And a huge thanks to the wonderful students of St. Mary’s School, Tristan Da Cunha. In the absence of any Scouts these days on the Island they stepped up and held our Shackleton Scouts’ Own in their assembly. This marks 100 years to the day that the Quest left Tristan Da Cunha, 25th May 1921.

Students of St. Mary’s School, Tristan Da Cunha

Thursday 2nd June 2022 – Gough Island.

Alan Noake (by Shackleton’s James Caird Lifeboat at Dulwich College) shares a little bit of Gough Island!

Wednesday 13th July 2022 – Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

Thrilled that to commemorate the Quest leaving Cape Town on 13th July 1922 the South Cape Scouts have held our REQUEST2021 Shackleton Scout’s Own service 100 years later.

The Quest had been in Cape Town since Sunday 18th June 1922. A huge thanks to all the Scouts taking part and a Shackleton The Penguin badge is on the way to them!

Wednesday 27th July 2022 – St. Helena

“Without any event of outstanding importance, following a placid round of commonplace duties, living on the fat of the land, since there was now no pronounced need to conserve our stores, cleaning ship diligently, fishing for albatross, taking occasional soundings and dredgings, we reached St. Helena and anchored off Jamestown. It is a pretty little town, which straggles picturesquely for a long way up the bottom of an acute-sided valley. The island itself is a mountainous mass, intersected in every direction by deep valleys, those opening to the sea in our direction being of a very regular V-shape. An exceedingly fertile land, its chief industry is the growing of flax.”

(Scout Marr, Into The Frozen South)

The Scouts of St. Helena marking the Quest leaving on 27th July 1922 [Video to follow!]

Thursday 4th August 2022 – Ascension Island, venue TBC.

Ascension Islands Scouts who held the Scouts’ Own on Long Beach Leroy Fowler (GSL), Troy Cadence, Jaylen Beard, Nathan Hudson, Lucas Thomas, Shon-Tay Williams, Tarrel Clark, Jamal Young-Benjamin, Jaiden Roberts, Jeremiah Ellick.

Saturday 20th August 2022 – Cape Verde Islands (St. Vincent), (Second time!) As the Cape Verde Scouts have already participated in the REQUEST2021 Project back in October 2021 by holding our Shackleton Scouts’ Own we wanted to do something a bit different. So we arranged a Zoom link-up today between Scouts in Kent with Scouts in Cape Verde to build even stronger links. Both sides spent time asking questions about the differences in Scouting between the two locations.

Wednesday 5th September 2022 – San Miguel, The Scouts of San Miguel (CNE Agrupamento 1197) held our Shackleton Scouts’ Own in Portuguese to mark the occasion.

The Scouts of San Miguel (CNE Agrupamento 1197)

Sunday 11th September 2022 – Fordell Firs (Scottish Scout HQ), 2pm.

Holding the Shackleton Scouts’ Own with representatives from Scotland
Awards & Plaque Unveiling Ceremony Fordell Firs Campsite, Scotland Sun 11th Sep 2022
[SHORT VERSION – with Shackleton Scout’s Own removed]
Shackleton’s Scouts’ Own & Plaque Unveiling Ceremony, Fordell Firs Campsite, Scouts Scotland HQ

Friday 16th September 2022 – Plymouth (Second time!), 6pm by the new Devon & Cornwall Polar Society Plaque, Millbay Docks.

The Final Voyage Team, Millbay Docks, Plymouth

Sunday 18th September 2022 – Portsmouth, 4pm (Approx.) Gunwharf Quays by the Spinnaker Tower.

Members of the Final Voyage team holding the Scouts’ Own for the very last time to officially mark the end of the REQUEST2021 project.

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