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Vision 2020: A Philmont Opportunity For Latter-day Saint Families

Have you ever wanted to take your family to Philmont Scout Ranch? This summer is your chance! Come to Vision 2020, a unique opportunity for Latter-day Saint families to attend the Philmont Training Center together and learn the skills necessary to continue Scouting! This exciting new Philmont course is a catalyst for increased knowledge and […]

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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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Still Scouting … in Okinawa

Greetings! We are the Barrus Family from Okinawa, Japan. We are all involved in Scouting (two parents, one Scout, and two Cub Scouts) and continued because of our rich Scouting heritage. I (Makenna) was a little sister Scout tag-along, assisting my three brothers earn their Eagle Scout awards. Clay is an Eagle Scout with 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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Archived Blogs

Here is a list of all the blogs that have been featured on LDS-BSA.org in the past. Current Events Mac’s Messages Stan’s EYO Blog Varsity Venturing Scott’s Brotherhood Blog (Order of the Arrow) Scouting Moms Scouting Spouses Safety Moments History Highlights Scouting Stories Bill’s Blog The Scout-Led Troop  

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The Final Years of Latter-day Saint Scouting: 2013 – 2019

Few chapters in the Latter-day Saint Scouting history have more flair than the final six years of the partnership, from 2013 through 2019. As both the Church and the BSA experienced major changes, relationships grew increasingly vital and—in some cases—became stronger than ever before. ~2013~ During January 2013, the BSA announced plans for a possible […]

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New Vanguard International Scouting Association

Vanguard International Scouting Association On January 1, 2020, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) discontinued its role as a chartered organization with all Scouting programs around the world including the Boy Scouts of America. The Church has for over 100 years been a great supporter of Scouting in many countries and […]

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The End of a Legacy

Today is an historic day.  December 31, 2019, marks the end of the legendary LDS-BSA relationship. For the past 106 years the Church and the Boy Scouts of America have partnered together in one of the most iconic and powerful relationships in history.  The Latter-day Saint Scouting relationships office—which officially closes today—was initiated in 1951 […]

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Successful Vision 2020 training course at the Philmont Training Center

Vision 2020—a Philmont Training Course to assist in retention of Latter-day Saint families, leaders and youth desiring to continue their Scouting Adventure after December 31, 2019—was held in June at the Philmont Training Center near Cimarron, New Mexico. Over 40 participants and 130 family members attended the conference, which was sponsored during the religious week […]

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Still Scouting: Thoughts from a Michigan Family

In Matthew 13:33, Jesus teaches that “the kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” When I was a teenager, I once made a batch of cookies.  Lacking experience I didn’t realize that there was a problem with the baking […]

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