• Pfc. De'Marcus Salter, a 47th Transportation Company motor transport operator, explains features of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to international Boy Scout Yousef Abdel-Rahman, 12, Direct Service Troop 965, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2013. Salter, from Monoroeville, Ala., helped give the Scouts a tour of the vehicles and explained their features.

    Boy Scouts visit US soldiers in Kuwait

    Pfc. De'Marcus Salter, a 47th Transportation Company motor transport operator, explains features of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to international Boy Scout Yousef Abdel-Rahman, 12, Direct Service Troop 965, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan...

  • Staff Sgt. Pascual Romero, 47th Transportation Company squad leader, describes the features of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to Boy Scout Troop 965 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2013. Romero, a Strawn, Texas resident, let the Scouts explore the features of the vehicles after an initial briefing.

    Boy Scouts visit US soldiers in Kuwait

    Staff Sgt. Pascual Romero, 47th Transportation Company squad leader, describes the features of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle to Boy Scout Troop 965 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2013. Romero, a Strawn, Texas resident, let the Scouts...

  • Staff Sgt. Pascual Romero, 47th Transportation Company squad leader, smiles as Boy Scouts talk on a loudspeaker of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2013. Romero, a Strawn, Texas resident, let the Scouts explore the features of the vehicles after an initial briefing.

    Boy Scouts visit US soldiers in Kuwait

    Staff Sgt. Pascual Romero, 47th Transportation Company squad leader, smiles as Boy Scouts talk on a loudspeaker of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2013. Romero, a Strawn, Texas resident, let the Scouts...

  • International Boy Scout Chafic Saade, 13, Direct Service Troop 965, explores a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle with the 47th Transportation Company at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2013. Soldiers of the 47th, deployed from Fort Bliss, Texas, gave the Scouts a tour of the vehicles and explained their features.

    Boy Scouts visit US soldiers in Kuwait

    International Boy Scout Chafic Saade, 13, Direct Service Troop 965, explores a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle with the 47th Transportation Company at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2013. Soldiers of the 47th, deployed from Fort Bliss, Texas...

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (Jan. 15, 2013) -- Horns honked, sirens wailed and on the loudspeakers of armored vehicles you hear voices, voices of children.

Boy Scouts of Troop 965 in Kuwait received a unique opportunity to visit Camp Arifjan, Jan. 12, 2013, and explore mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles with Soldiers of the 47th Transportation Company, deployed from Fort Bliss, Texas.

The Boy Scout troop is comprised of expatriates located in Kuwait. The troop's council is coordinated through Direct Service and administered by the International Department of the Boy Scouts of America.

Staff Sgt. Pascual Romero, a squad leader with 47th, gave the Scouts an initial tour of the trucks and their features. Romero said the experience was certainly different while being deployed, but was happy to show the Scouts around.

"As a noncommissioned officer in the Army, you have to take pride in your equipment," said Romero, a Strawn, Texas, resident. "I enjoy any opportunity to show off our equipment and teach kids about the trucks."

Mike Buist, a parent of scout Ryan Buist, originally from New Zealand, said this opportunity was unique and gives the Scouts a glimpse of the military beyond what they would normally experience.

"What a lot of the Scouts is about is taking young guys and teaching them the principles of being young men," said Buist. "It shows what loyalty, espirt de corps, commitment are all about. For the younger guys it's not so much about inculcating a desire to join the military, but a lot of the principles that are associated behind that are developed in these young guys."

Mike's son Ryan said he enjoyed his experience on Camp Arifjan with the trucks.

"It's been really, really fun," said Ryan, 14. "We got to crawl all over the vehicles, sit in the driver's seat, play with all of the controls, sit in the gunner's seat and spin around. That was cool."

Capt. Clifford Houde, 3rd Medical Command Headquarters Company commander, is leading the Scout project for Camp Arifjan. Houde said their team is in the process of assisting the Scouts obtain merit badges as part of their program.

"It's really good for the Army to give back to the community," said Houde. "It's good for the Scouts because there aren't many resources for them to obtain badges here in Kuwait."

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