Celebrating Deal’s Alan Noake’s MBE

Deal resident Alan Noake was appointed an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List this June.


Awarded for his services to young people in Kent, CommunityAd caught up with Alan Noake, who is Kent Scouts Assistant County Commissioner for Global Projects and Community Impact, to discuss his dedication and hard work to young people and the Scout Association…


What was your earliest experience in being involved with Scouts and was there a particular moment you knew that you wanted to not only continue in Scouts, but also get involved at a higher level to help the local communities?

I joined the Lord Mayor’s Own Cub Pack when I was only 8 years old when we lived in Southwark, London and then joined the 2nd Deal (Walmer) Sea Scout Group when we moved down to Kent.

Had so many amazing opportunities as a young person in Scouting and had some amazing leaders who dedicated their time and energy to running great camps and activities.

When I became an adult, I wanted to volunteer myself and give something back. It is great being a member of one big Scouting worldwide family and I now have Scouting friends all over the world.

I have held many different roles as an adult leader in Kent and for five years recently I was also District Commissioner for Deal, Walmer, Sandwich & District Scouts.


This June, you were awarded an MBE for your services to young people and the Scout Association, for readers who might not know, can you tell us more about the fantastic work you have done?

I have volunteered for the Scout Association for over 25 years and currently my main role is Assistant County Commissioner (Community Impact & Global Projects) Kent Scouts.
I was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 17th June 2023 in the King’s Birthday Honours List for services to Young People in Kent.

I conceived of, and successfully delivered, the Kent Scouts REQUEST2021 Antarctica Project. Ten Antarctic Ambassadors sailing on a tall ship to Antarctica, one hundred years after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s “Quest” Expedition and educating thousands of young people about the key lessons of Peace, Environment & Heritage to be learned from this amazing, fragile, frozen continent. I have since set up the legacy REQUEST FUND and REQUEST FOUNDATION charity for Scouts and Guides to do polar research.

I have also organised two countywide sleepouts for Kent homelessness charity Porchlight. Kent Scouts raised an incredible £70,000+ in 2018 and £44,000+ in 2022. The campaign also came second in the annual Charity Event Awards in the category of Outdoor Charity Event.

I have also led and/or facilitated Kent Scouts Global Projects to Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Zanzibar, Peru and the Arctic. I have personally witnessed the the incredible transformational effect that life-changing experiences like these can have on a participant’s personal development.


How did it feel being awarded an MBE and have you attended Buckingham Palace for the ceremony yet?

I was really proud to receive my MBE at a formal investiture on Thursday 2nd November 2023. It was presented by The Princess Royal and I chatted to her about my Antarctica Project, Charity Fundraising and Scouting in general. My sister flew over from the USA to be present at the ceremony along with my wife and mother.

Did the impact of COVID affect Scout numbers in Kent and how have you been able to bounce back from the pandemic?

Yes – like all organisations Scouting was affected by the pandemic and many meetings had to be held online. However, we are now steadily bouncing back to our pre-COVID levels.


From a personal perspective, what do you enjoy so much about Scouts and why would you recommend all parents take their child along to get involved?

Modern Scouting focuses on giving young people Skills For Life. Many of these skills help young people to become more resilient and become good citizens in adult life.


What would you say have been your most memorable moments during your time with Kent Scouts?

So many spring to mind over the years – from attending the World Jamboree in 2007 with 40,000 Scouts from 200 different countries to various long distance hikes and expeditions in Wild County – however my most memorable, without any doubt, would have to be sailing on a traditional tall ship to Antarctica!


Do you have any future goals for the work you do with Kent Scouts?

Yes, currently planning Global Projects to Kenya in 2024, Botswana in 2025, Ghana in 2026 and Zanzibar in 2027. Plus special project to Peru in 2025 and the Arctic Circle in 2026.
For example, we have to raise £130,000 for our Arctic research project alone, so yes, I am very busy planning lots of fundraising!


Away from the sport, what do you enjoy most about living in Deal?

Deal has always been close to my heart. It is a great community and for those that ‘get’ Deal it really gets deep into their hearts. Wherever I travel to all over the world, Deal is always my spiritual home.


CommunityAd congratulates Alan Noake on his well earned accolade and important work in the world of Scouting! Find out more about your local branch of Scouts via their website www.dealdistrictscouts.org.uk

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