British Antarctic Survey

Cambridge District Scout Archive

In no way a formal industrial sponsorship a number of Cambridge Scouters have links with the Scott Polar Institute and the British Antarctic Survey.

These are those known:

Sir Vivian Fuchs                     Patron of Tithe VSU expeditions 1979 and 1981 the Fuchs Medal, for members of the British Antarctic Survey, is named in his honour.

Richard Crabtree                    5th Cambridge & County            c. 1970 – 1995         Polar Medal

Robert Stoneley (Professor) 60th Cambridge (Leys) 1942 – 1948 c                          Polar Medal

Col Freddie Spencer Chapman Cambridge University Rovers 1926 – 1929             Polar Medal

He was a member of the Gino Watkins Arctic Survey (see Senior Scout Patrol names) and later a Scout Commissioner in post war Germany.

Simon Stephens                     5th Cambridge 1983

Jerry Loynes                           5th Cambridge 1983

At least one member of the BAS is currently a Scouter. 

James Miller Leader with Cottenham (2022) is a holder of the Fuchs medal

Other links with the Antarctic

  • Rev Harold Ernest Lumsden ADC for the Cambridge District in 1923 went on to become Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Falkland Islands. During his time there he presided over the consecration of Sir Ernest Shackletons grave on South Georgia.  Most notably in 1934 he provided the British Grahamland Survey ship the Penola with an additional crew member, his cat Lummo. (see posts)
  • Gino Watkins, one of the ‘names’ selected for Senior Scout patrols, was at Cambridge and recruited his team in part from Cambridge – One, and only one, of whom, Freddie Spencer Chapman, I have yet been able to identify as a Scout. (See Structure/Sections/ Patrol Names: Cambridge Connections)
  • Edward Wilson, another Senior Scout patrol ‘name’ who accompanied Scott was at Gonville and Cauis as a student. The copy of Scouting for Boys that accompanied him to the Antarctic is held by the Heritage Collection at Gilwell. (See Structure/Sections/ Patrol Names: Cambridge Connections) Antarctic Cats

JWR Archivist Nov 2021