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AP PHOTOS: Refugee Boy Scouts learn, bond on camping trips

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/01/2017
In this Sept. 9, 2016, photo, Boy Scouts Justin Mbelechi, left, and Gideon Muhigirwa, both 13 and refugees from Africa, gather gear in Aurora, Colo., before leaving on a troop camping trip to the mountains. Troop 1532 is made up almost entirely of refugees, a characteristic their leaders say allows the kids to adjust to American culture while allowing them to be themselves. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert) © The Associated Press In this Sept. 9, 2016, photo, Boy Scouts Justin Mbelechi, left, and Gideon Muhigirwa, both 13 and refugees from Africa, gather gear in Aurora, Colo., before leaving on a troop camping trip to the mountains. Troop 1532 is made up almost entirely of refugees, a characteristic their leaders say allows the kids to adjust to American culture while allowing them to be themselves. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

EVERGREEN, Colo. — A Denver-area Boy Scout troop made up almost entirely of refugees provides a safe haven where its members can be themselves, troop leaders say.

At campouts, the scouts dine on foods from their native countries, such as fish head stew, fire-roasted corn and Chatpate, a popular Nepalese street snack.

The troop formed in 2014 deals with challenges and problems unique to the refugee population, but it also helps kids adjust to American culture, its leaders say.

In addition, the group provides a blueprint for other Boy Scout troops to attract some of the tens of thousands of refugees who could make the United States home in the coming years.

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