Boy Scout Troop 1262, affectionately known as Salt Lake’s “Jungle Refugee Scout Troop,” were honored in a congressional ceremony on Thursday.
The troop is home to more than 100 Karen and Karenni Boys from Myanmar and Thailand, who will be returning to their former homes in Thailand and Myanmar for the first time, after receiving help from Senator Hatch to get their visas. The Senator honored members of the troop and their leaders as examples of the American Dream. Parents and officials attended the vent as well.
In a short program, one of the young scouts spoke about the importance of the scouting program in his life, and thanked Senator Hatch for his help in making this exciting trip a reality. Senator Hatch also delivered short remarks, recognizing the hard work of the troop and scoutmaster Nebeker. He also presented each scout with a pin and pocket-sized copy of the constitution.
To find out more about the “Jungle Refugee Scout Troop,” click here.