Finding a Youth Service Project

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have observed that it has become increasingly difficult for youth to connect with non-profit organizations to provide service, such as for an Eagle Project or to complete Religious Award requirements. Some youth have contacted multiple organizations, churches, non-profits, community centers, trying to find an individual to assist in coordinating an […]

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If Ye Are Prepared

The president of BYU traditionally speaks at the first weekly devotional each fall semester as a kick-off for the year and a motivator for the students. I recently read again one of these talks by President Kevin J. Worthen and thought it may be even more applicable today than when he gave it in September […]

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Minute With Mark

During the past year I have had the pleasure of serving as the Scout Executive of the Far East Council, with headquarters in Okinawa, Japan. Our council services American military and Ex Patriot families in many Asian countries. My daily work involves interaction with good Scouters from Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, […]

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Why Your Scouts (and YOU) Want to Earn the New Vanguard Religious Award

By Wayne and Roma Bishop—Chairmen, Vanguard Religious Awards Committee Over the years, we have been involved in a myriad of Scouting activities on the local, regional, national and international levels. Some of our richest and most rewarding experiences have come as we have served in different capacities at many National and World Scout Jamborees. A […]

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Scouting – Stability Amid Change

Welcome to the first edition of The Vanguard Beacon – a regularly published web-based newsletter of the Vanguard International Scouting Association – designed to support Latter-day Scouts, Scouting families and adult leaders throughout the world.  This is the successor publication to “The Bridge” – which was first published in time for the 2019 “Vision 2020” […]

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Commissioner’s Corner #1

As I was preparing to write this first Commissioner’s Corner, a friend sent me this wonderful letter from Scouting’s founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell. What a fitting message from 111 years ago, as we move forward during these tumultuous times: “[Scouting’s] general intention is to endeavor, without interfering with the spiritual training or form of religious […]

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