Ottawa Scouts welcomes newcomers from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq

Since last June, the trilingual scouts group at Saints Peter and Paul Melkite Catholic Church has been helping Arabic-speaking newcomers try out Canadian activities

Joseph El Hajj recalls the first sleepover his Scouts Canada troop held at their church last November.

“The parents texted me at 2 o’clock. I think the parents stayed awake more than the kids that day,” scouting commissioner El Hajj said. “But overall they saw the benefits for the program, and the kids talked about it for days.”

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