February 2020 Newsletter 
"The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country."
Lord Baden-Powell

Is it worth my time?

By Ken Bostwick

As a parent of two active boys (one soon to be Lion Cub), I often find myself evaluating what is worth our time as a family. Every parent knows that in today’s world there is a plethora of options; each one pleading for your family’s attention. We are charged to distinguish which activities provide value and which ones are truly just a waste of time. Please consider my experience as you ponder:

After finishing my engineering degree at BYU, I was passionate to become a Naval Nuclear Power Officer (a Nuke), and work with submariners. Unique to navy nukes, every potential officer must sit down 1-on-1 with the Navy’s Nuclear Power Director, a four-star Admiral. The Navy is so serious about who is allowed to drive a Submarine that they require the guy at the very top to screen every single officer coming in. I was terrified.

My interview did not start well. Somehow the Admiral found all of my application flaws in about 30 seconds. He asked two pointed questions, without even looking up from his papers, to which I responded the best I could, but the ship was sinking fast. Then, maybe as an act of mercy, or maybe he was just bored, he asked what I like to do in my free time. I said the first thing that came to my mind, “Sir, I love Boy Scouts. I volunteer with a local troop.” For the first time in the interview the Admiral looked up from his papers, stared me strait in the eye and asked, “Are you an Eagle Scout?” I responded with a smile, “Yes Sir, I am.” The Admiral immediately closed my file and said “That is all I need to know, you are dismissed.” I was sworn in to the US Navy ten minutes later.

Putting aside the fact that I literally can attribute my career to scouting, to me scouting is priceless. Fellow church members often ask me whether scouting is still “worth it.” Despite what the social media thinktank may distribute, an Eagle Scout is still revered in our communities as honest, trustworthy, and courageous. Yes, our program is changing but, the core values are constant. These are the values I need my boys to learn as they progress to become good fathers, husbands, missionaries, and community leaders. This is why we choose scouting.

NEW Vanguard International Scouting Association

"Vanguard is defined as an adventurer in a new territory or an unconquered place. We are truly embarking on an adventure as Latter-day Saint Scouters begin a new era of Scouting. The Vanguard name has historical significance within the Church. In the early years of Scouting in the Church, Church leaders emphasized affiliation with national Scouting organizations all over the world. The Vanguard program was initiated for Church units outside of the United States where no national Scouting program was available. Membership was open to all youth ages twelve to fourteen, including those who were not Church members. Curriculum included activities, advancement, achievement, and spiritual growth.

The purposes of Vanguard International Scouting Association are to:

1. Represent Scouting by members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), other National Scouting Organizations (NSOs) and to the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

2. Encourage membership in and affiliation with Scouting organizations by members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide.

3. Develop a Religious Emblems Award to help Latter-day Saint Scouts and Scouting leaders learn and apply their Duty to God.

4. Perform those other functions that will encourage active involvement in the Scouting programs of the BSA, and other NSOs worldwide by members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Visit Vanguard International Scouting Association for more information.

Join the Vanguard International Scouting Association Today!

Annual Membership $25 Includes:
Vanguard Patch
Subscription to "The Bridge Builder,” a publication for Latter-day Saint Scouters

Lifetime Membership $250 Includes:
Vanguard Patch and a limited edition “Lifetime Membership” patch
“Be Prepared,” 106 years of Scouting – a collection of talks and quotes concerning Latter-day Saint Scouting
“Lifetime Membership” Scouting Neckerchief, with friendship knot
Subscription to "The Bridge Builder,” a publication for Latter-day Saint Scouters

Charter Membership $500 (available only in 2020) Includes:
Vanguard Patch, limited edition “Lifetime Membership” patch and limited edition “Charter Membership” patch
“Be Prepared,” 106 years of Scouting – a collection of talks and quotes concerning Latter-day Saint Scouting
“Charter Membership” and “Lifetime Membership” Scouting Neckerchief, with friendship knot
Commemorative bolo tie
Subscription to "The Bridge Builder,” a publication for Latter-day Saint Scouters

Click HERE to join!
Stay tuned for new Religious Awards for Latter-day Saint Youth and Adults
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Legacy Units Near You!

Clairemont Mesa - Pack 277 - Claire Smith
Chula Vista - Pack 886 - Sharon Shorey
Poway - Pack 1820 - David Odenwalder
Vista - Pack 2020 - Rob Gleason
Oceanside - Troop 701 - Richard Eason
Chula Vista - Troop 886 - Sharon Shorey
Penasquitos - Troop 1820 - Derek & Jennifer Hunsaker
Vista - Troop 2020 - Eric Gemmell
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Service & Transition Team, or your local District Executives or Stake Representatives. 
Trevor Bender

Serving the North Stakes:
Del Mar
Amy Tadlock

Serving the South Stakes:
Chula Vista
El Cajon
San Diego
San Diego East
San Diego North
Need more information?

Contact your local Scout Representative
Jeff Boswell
Carlsbad Stake
Del Mar Stake

Enrique Teigeiro
Chula Vista Stake 

Erin Gillette
El Cajon Stake 
San Diego East Stake

Karl Shelton
Escondido Stake 
Imperial Stake
Poway Stake
Santee Stake
Vista Stake

Laura Scheid
Penasquitos Stake 

Rob Canton
San Diego Stake 
San Diego North Stake

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