Circle Ten Council
Scouting works. Scouting matters. Scouting lasts...a lifetime.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.
In the future Scouting will continue to
- Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
- Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
- Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
- Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.
A History of Scouting in Circle Ten Council
The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated February 8, 1910 in the District of Columbia. It was chartered by Congress in June 1916 to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues.
The Scout movement in Dallas was started in 1910. A number of troops were organized by 1913, and a council existed at that time. In 1923, John S. Wisdom, better known as Daddy Wisdom, gave his farm to the council for a permanent campsite.
There are 309 councils in the Boy Scouts of America. There are four regions, and we are in the Southern Region which comprises 94 councils.
One of the unique characteristics of Scouting is the role of the chartered organization. All units are chartered for one year, renewable annually, to a chartered organization. This group selects its own volunteer leadership, provides a meeting place and gives overall supervision to plans, program and policies through its unit committee. Churches, PTAs and service clubs are major sponsors. In addition, there are units sponsored by business, industry, professional association, fraternal groups, veterans' organizations and many others. All units are owned and operated by the chartered organization and led by volunteer leaders. This concept represents collaboration to benefit the youth in our community.
The professional staff is composed of men and women trained and approved by the Boy Scouts of America. All staff members are hired by the Scout Executive, with the approval of the President and Executive Board. The Scout Executive is under contract to the council and employed by the Executive Board from those candidates approved by the Boy Scouts of America.
Our council is a service and education organization. Circle Ten Council has 82 full-time employees, including professional staff (52), office staff (23), camp rangers (7). The council also employees 69 program specialists to serve difficult to reach neighborhoods.
The John D. Murchison Scouting Center was completed in 1996 and Circle Ten Council moved to the facility in April of that year. The Bobby Lyle ♦ Billy Gamble Scouting Center was completed in 2011 and was opened for business in February of that year.