Boy Scouts today learn lessons about life and the value of being a person of character and integrity. Scouting is a unique program that fosters the development of the whole person and offers youths the opportunity to participate in activities that will help launch them on a successful course for life.
The Circle Ten Council volunteers are committed to delivering this high quality, safe and fun-filled Boy Scout program that challenges our youth both intellectually and physically. We serve the following 12 counties in Texas and Oklahoma:
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At the end of 2011, Circle Ten served 38,830 Scouts and 15,754 Learning for Life participants in our programs. Of that number, 864 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement for a youth member in Scouting. We are proud to say that these youths are gaining the leadership skills necessary to lead with confidence.
Our Scouting programs are successful because of the commitment and dedication of 15,893 adult leaders who give their time, talent, and resources. As a result of the 864 Eagle Scout Projects, Circle Ten volunteers contributed 123,376 community service hours or 14 years of time. Circle Ten’s Order of the Arrow (our honor camping society) contributed 56,000 community service hours or 6 years of time.
In addition to service hours, Circle Ten Council conducted three Wood Badge courses, which is the highest level of adult leader training. To support district training, Circle Ten Council offered University of Scouting, a full day of training courses at Southern Methodist University. The classes provided training to 700 adults in courses like unit public relations, ceremonies, and outdoor cooking.
Circle Ten Council operates two service centers (John D. Murchison Scouting Center and the Bobby Lyle – Billy Gamble Scouting Center), has a staff of 70 full-time employees, 27 program managers and over 150 summer employees.
In 2011, Circle Ten Council marked the 23rd Anniversary of Scouting for Food. 422,359 pounds of food were collected for local food pantries. Our 23 year partnership with Tom Thumb grocery stores allows Scouts the resources to collect food items in their community.
Through Circle Ten’s Trevor Rees-Jones ScoutReach program, Scouting is provided to 8,424 youths at risk; who otherwise could not afford to be in Scouting. The council spends approximately $1,700,000 in direct costs to insure that these youth get a quality Scouting experience.