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Abdullah Al Fahad, CEO of Saudi Scouting has worked closely with the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America to bring their Scouts together to build mutual understanding and the results have been outstanding. Sometimes things aren’t quite what they seem … At the BSA Jamboree in July, a troop of 40 Scouts from Saudi Arabia unloaded their gear from the vans, were divided into four patrols, and made their way to the assigned camp sites. Each patrol separated from the others. The Scouts - many of whom had only basic English - sat around in their tents on arrival, and to their American hosts, it seemed they might not budge.

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Pizzas may not have been necessary to resolve the Saudi dilemma - “But they sure worked wonders in our 2005 jamboree.” Scott Teare, the International Director for the Boy Scouts of America, (BSA), takes up the story …“Ladislav, a fifteen year old Scout from the town of Perm in Siberia, arrived with his group of eight to the Jamboree.

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I’m Malinda Senanayake. I’m 19 years old and I am a Sri Lankan Scout involved in the Ticket To Life (TTL) project that was established to help “Street Children.” Mostly, these kids come from struggling, rural, families who need them to work, usually for long hours, often in deplorable conditions doing menial tasks, like having to sell trinkets on behalf of less than generous vendors. There is little opportunity to attend school. Not everyone lives on the street but whatever their circumstance there isn’t much protection, care or guidance, from adults, for these kids. In poor communities everyone struggles to survive.

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