Scouts Canada was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As a lifelong Scout who championed the program worldwide, President Monson had an immense impact on the Movement. He served as a Mission President in Toronto for three years in his early thirties, leaving him with a soft spot in his heart for Canada. Serving on the Canadian LDS Scouting Committee, he sought to ensure all young men in the Church were able to benefit from the skills and leadership development opportunities afforded by Scouting. President Monson frequently attended international Scouting events and jamborees, taking the time to provide counsel at one of our Canadian Jamborees as a Chaplain.
Scouts Canada was honoured to award President Monson with the Silver Fox in April 2011 for his role in helping achieve our vision of youth making meaningful contributions to creating a better world. The Silver Fox is Scouts Canada’s highest recognition for non-members and is used to recognize service to Scouting with an international impact. He was equally recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement with its highest honour, the Bronze Wolf, in 1993.
As a lifetime supporter of the Movement, President Monson has left a lasting legacy that will be felt by future generations of Scouting youth.
Scouts Canada extends its sincerest condolences to the family of President Monson as well as the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.