2015 Antartica Expedition

Eagle Scout in Antarctica

In March 2015, Eagle Scout Robert Marks joined famous polar explorer and environmentalist Sir Robert Swan and 75 other participants from 24 countries for the 2041 International Antarctica Expedition. Robert, who has also received the William T. Hornaday Award, the highest award in Scouting for distinguished service to natural resource conservation, has chosen to dedicate…

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Day 4 – Monday, March 16, 2015

I overheard the staff whispering “Sir Robert Swan is saying this year’s trip will be cold and treacherous.” Some of the trek leaders are expecting this to be among the roughest of 2041 expeditions. Challenge accepted! Time to put 17 years of Scouting preparedness and outdoor skills to the test. No one can describe the…

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Day 3 – Sunday, March 15, 2015

Day 3 – Sunday, March 15, 2015 I woke up to a note on my door. I noticed each door had a different personalized poem or message, and this was mine. Front side: “The world begins at the kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live. The gifts of earth are brought, prepared,…

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Day 2 – Saturday, March 14, 2015

Day 2 – Saturday, March 14, 2015 Starting at 8 a.m., our schedule is jam-packed with no free time until after 10 p.m. We are told we must follow the “Bronco 5” rule during the expedition and be five minutes early for everything. Bronco 5 is named after Bronco Lane who lost five fingers (and…

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Day 1 – Friday, March 13, 2015

Day 1 – Friday, March 13, 2015 I woke up to a beautiful view of the Beagle Channel with spectacular cloud formations and the feeling that I wanted to spend more time exploring this beautiful area. Our host, Jack, had prepared a breakfast of homemade bread, mango strawberry jam, cheese, and corn flakes. He also…

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Pre-expedition – Day 2 – Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pre-expedition – Day 2 – Thursday, March 12, 2015 Somehow I survived the night. The hotel had one small hot water heater for eight rooms, so waking up late meant it was a cold shower for me. By coincidence, I met up with a fellow expedition team member, Henry Ward, at the airport. Henry’s mother…

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The Adventure Begins

Pre-expedition – Day – 1 – Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2041: International Antarctic Expedition My plan was to fly into Ushuaia two days early and enjoy the sights around our embarkation port of Ushuaia, Argentina. A late flight out of Dallas led to a missed connection in Buenos Aires and an overnight stay in the…

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An Adventure to Antarctica!

Robert Marks is an Eagle Scout who has chosen to dedicate his life to working to save our planet’s ecosystem. He received the William T. Hornaday Award, the highest award in Scouting for distinguished service to natural resource conservation, for his projects on resource recovery, invasive species control, soil and water conservation, and energy conservation.…

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