August 2, 2019
Vietnamese Troop Thoai-Ngoc-Hau Visits Longhorn Council On Way to World Scout Jamboree
Longhorn Council’s Troop/Crew 304, led by Scoutmaster Victor Nguyen, recently hosted Troop Thoai-Ngoc-Hau from Saigon, Vietnam. Victor served as our translator and explained that in Vietnam they don’t use troop numbers to identify themselves only the troop name. Troop Thoai-Ngoc-Hau, led by Scoutmaster Hung Nguyen, stopped by Ft. Worth last week on their way to the World Scout Jamboree. They were hosted at St. Ignatius Catholic Church which is the Troop/Crew 304 Charter Organization.
This trip for our Vietnamese Scouts basically took decades to happen. Scouting was not officially recognized until earlier this year. According to Scout.org, “Scouting has existed in Vietnam for nearly a century, but official Scouting activities ceased as a consequence of the war in the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in the loss of official WOSM membership in 1975. However, over the past two decades, Scouting has seen a resurgence at the grassroots level with activities for Cubs, Scouts, and Rovers conducted on a weekly basis by trained Scout leaders.” So, after more than 44 years Scouting is back and growing in Vietnam.
To commemorate the Troop Thoai-Ngoc-Hau visit to Ft. Worth, Longhorn Council Professionals and Key Volunteers were on hand at St. Ignatius Catholic Church to present them with mementos. Mr. John Ryan, Vice Chair, Catholic Committee on Scouting, Ft. Worth Diocese was on hand to present Hung Nguyen with a special neckerchief from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Our visitors were also presented with Longhorn Council patches and were part of a LHC Facebook Live video.
Log into our Longhorn Council Facebook page and view this video posted on July 25th.
We look forward to keeping in touch with this Vietnamese Troop. We welcome other International Scouters who want to see what awesome Longhorn Council Scouting is all about.