As a child in Syria, Sami J. spent his time as a Syrian Boy Scout in the city of Aleppo, participating in typical Scouting activities and enjoying his days.
As stability in Syria began deteriorating, Sami’s family made the difficult decision to leave their home and move to the United States. He was in 8th grade at the time.
It was a tough transition, but Sami credits Scouting in the United States with making the process of integrating into American society a more manageable one.
“It got me involved in society, a lot,” he said.
Upon joining the Boy Scouts of America, he quickly began participating in the Scouting activities of his local troop, and he rose through the ranks, eventually earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
He graduated from high school, enrolled at the University of Kentucky, and even decided to give back to Scouting by becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster with a troop in Lexington, Kentucky in the Boy Scouts of America Blue Grass Council.
To learn more about Sami’s fascinating story, be sure to watch the CBS News piece about this unique Scout on WKYT News.