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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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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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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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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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