An Open Letter ...
... to the Circle Ten Council Scouting Family
In the wake of the horrific shootings that took the lives of five local police officers, we have been asked if Circle Ten Council will be conducting a council-wide service project in support of our men and women in blue. In response, we wanted to share with you the many partnerships that Circle Ten Council has with local law enforcement.
“Today must be about unity. Our police are some of the best in the country. I’m in awe of our Dallas police officers.”
Mayor Mike Rawlings at the Interfaith Memorial Service
As a council, we continue to wholeheartedly support the men and women who protect our community. Just a few examples of the relationships:
Circle Ten Council is a longtime partner with police departments across our council territory through our local Exploring program. This career education program for young men and women 14 to 21 years old provides real-world career experiences for young adults. We have 371 youth in Explorer posts associated with the Dallas Police Department, and 602 with other law enforcement agencies throughout our 12 county service area. There are over 300 law enforcement personnel, many of them working at DPD, who first came in contact with law enforcement as a career option through the Exploring program.
Chief Brown, of whom we are very proud, is a member of our volunteer Board of Directors.
We have partnered with Operation Blue Shield (OBS). Starting in Dallas, and spreading across the country, OBS is committed to create, promote, and fund programs designed to bring about the progressive change, trust, and unity that our communities and our nation so desperately needs. We were one of the first local organizations to partner with OBS and have participated in many of their events and functions. For example, in March, over 150 Scouts and adult leaders participated in the Chick-fil-A ‘Race for the CommUNITY,’ benefiting OBS.
“Let us love not with words or speech,
but in actions and in truth.”
President Barack Obama, quoting 1 John 3:18 at the Interfaith Memorial Service
We encourage you to support your local police departments and show your support of DPD in a manner that fits within your Scouting unit. In fact, there have already been many units who have demonstrated their support for their law enforcement personnel. As with the first Scouting Good Turn that was provided so many years ago, these Good Turns are quietly taking place across our community. We have seen examples of posting American flags leading to police stations, attending vigils and memorial services, and traveling to DPD headquarters to pay respect to the fallen.
Fox 4 News has highlighted one such project in their Hometown Hero segment and seven uniformed Scouts were invited to attend the Interfaith Memorial Service.
“We do not want the unity of grief or the unity of fear.
We want the unity of hope.”
President George W. Bush at the Interfaith Memorial Service
Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. Circle Ten Council will continue to develop our youth because we know that “Scouting Works. Scouting Matters. Scouting Lasts … a Lifetime.”