2023 Vanguard Vision Conference

The 2023 Vanguard Vision Conference was an amazing experience!
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Come and be part of the largest gathering of Latter-day Saint Scouters in 2023!

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Price includes lunch and the Vanguard Vision Conference patch.


Vanguard Vision 2023 is a one-day power-packed conference for ALL Scouters – both Vanguard Scouting members and our friends. Together, we can strengthen each other in this new era of Scouting. 10+ sessions will cover a variety of topics like:  secrets of successful Scout units organized by Latter-day Saint Scouters, recruiting new families to your unit, utilizing digital media to recruit & communicate to your unit, helping your Scouts with today’s youth issues, and more.

We invite YOU to join us at the largest gathering of Latter-day Saint Scouters of the year. Come connect and make new friends, learn how to strengthen your Scouting program, be inspired, and have fun!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Former Utah Governor Gary Herbert


Allen Endicott, Scout Executive, Crossroads of the West Council (Utah)

Lynn Gunter, Scout Executive, Mountain West Council (Boise, Idaho)

Clarke Farrer, Scout Executive, Grand Teton Council (Idaho Falls, Idaho

Rachel Hutchings, UVU Professor, Scoutmaster, Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies

Charles Dahlquist, Former Young Men General President, Former National Commissioner for BSA, Vanguard International Scouting President.

Trevor Bender, Council Commissioner, San Diego-Imperial Council

Matt McIff, VP of Program for Vanguard International Scouting Association, Scoutmaster

Neal Robison, VP of Communications for Vanguard International Scouting Association, Wood Badge Course Director

Mike Ball, Scoutmaster, Vanguard International Scouting Association Technologist

Zuke Arakaki, Scoutmaster, IT industry veteran

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Price includes lunch and the Vanguard Vision Conference patch.

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Mar 25 2023 - Mar 25 2080


9:00 am - 4:00 pm



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SLCC Miller Campus
Sandy, UT
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  1. Harry Smith

    I ‘m From the CFC (083). Is there a prefered hotel/motel for the weekend (and price)?

    • Neal Robison

      Harry – we haven’t made any arrangements for a hotel discount, as we couldn’t guarantee a specific number of rooms. However, there are several reasonable hotels located within minutes of the venue. 1) Hampton Inn Salt Lake City/Sandy, 2) Hyatt House Salt Lake City/Sandy, 3) Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandy – South Salt Lake City, 4) Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City/Sandy.

  2. Gail Atkinson

    Question: I’m a DE from Grand Junction, and I don’t think I’ll be able to make the conference, but I do have a question: we lost about half of our membership when the church parted ways with BSA and we’re trying to figure out how to get past the Bishop “barricade” for the wards 🙂 and get the word to the ward members that Scouting is going strong and they’re welcome to join us.
    For the record, I’m also LDS.
    Some of the Bishop’s just don’t care, some don’t like scouting, and all are very busy and really don’t want to be bothered.
    Any ideas, or was this going to be a discussion topic during the conference?
    Thank you

    • Neal Robison


      Thanks for the comment – you definitely have a tricky situation there. Using traditional Latter-day Saint communication paths hasn’t proven successful for many Districts/Councils. However, we’ve seen success with some of these methods: (1) Building your own contacts/relationships with members of the Church that have continued in Scouting – and by extension – their circle of friends to get the word out. Also, your local Council may still have a database of previous Latter-day Saint Scouters that can be tapped into. This worked for the San Diego Imperial Council as well as the Circle Ten Council. Over time, word gets out when our Scout units have great programs to offer. Even in Utah, we’ve seen a “new” generation of Scouters that were never in Church-sponsored units, join Scouting. They see Scouting for what it is – a way to build up our youth and prepare them for bright futures. Particularly when Scouting complements the Church’s new youth program.

  3. Dr. Richard Preece

    Will the conference be available via Zoom, Youtube or other media

    • Neal Robison

      Richard – we were unable to make streaming arrangements with the event facility. If this event proves successful, we will look to hold it in other parts of the country. We will attempt to share the presentations at a later date, for those that were unable to travel.

    • Neal Robison


      Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make streaming arrangements with the venue for this event. However, we will share materials from the Conference on the Vanguard website for each session. If the event is as successful as we believe it will be, we will look for other locations in the future as well.

  4. John Brenchley

    When will the slides/talks we posted to the website?


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