Vietnamese-Americans celebrate scouting in Sacramento

(By Tom DuHain, KCRA.comThe Boy Scouts of America Communications Department was not involved in the creation of this content.)

Photo by Tom DuHain, KCRA.
Photo by Tom DuHain, KCRA.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Vietnamese-Americans of all ages filled a community hall Saturday night to celebrate 30 years of scouting in Sacramento.

Nguyen said after the Vietnam War, many things changed.

“After 1975, the communist government would not let us have scouting anymore,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen added that a private organization, which stood for faith, country and honor, was considered subversive.

When Nguyen’s family arrived in Sacramento in the early 1980s, they began to revive their tradition of scouting. He said scouting was needed to help youth transitioning to life in America.

“To learn survival skills, leadership skills and to be a good citizen — that was our mission, and that’s the same mission today,” Nguyen said.

The three-hour event included recognition for scout leaders, congratulations from national scout officials and a banquet of traditional Vietnamese foods.

Dozens of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and older Venturing crew scouts were at the celebration.

“You do a lot of fun activities with everybody and you make new friends,” said Gabriel Tran, a 15-year-old scout.

”I really enjoy camping and hiking and doing all the outdoor activities,” Hahn Tran, 18, said.

Tho Tran said he joined Venturing Scouts two years ago.

“So far I really like it very much, and I am so glad that I joined,” Tran said.

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