A local police department and housing authority in Wilmington, North Carolina, joined forces recently in an effort to offer a positive and productive way for local youth to spend their time.
Each week, Cub Scouts in the Cape Fear Council gather at the local learning center to explore new skills, enjoy fun activities, and develop character, thanks to this inspiring demonstration of community collaboration.
The new Cub Scout pack was originally the brainchild of Capt. Kathy Cochran of the Wilmington Police Department. In late 2015, after the homicides of two area teens, Cochran was inspired to create a safe place where children could find community support.
Even when Cochran moved to a new position, department officers were still determined to serve the new Cub Scouts.
To ensure the pack’s success, the WPD joined with the local housing authority to apply for a grant to fund the pack’s enrollment and supply the new Cub Scouts with proper uniforms.
Community teamwork is key
The housing authority serves as the pack’s charter organization and WPD officers even provide transportation to make sure all boys who want to participate in the program are able to do so.
The housing authority’s chief executive officer, Katrina Redmon explained to Star News Online how the Wilmington police have played an integral part in helping to serve Wilmington’s youth.
“Our police force already does a phenomenal amount for our children,” Redmon said. “They take them on field trips. They are on first-name basis. They help on and off the school bus. We could not do without the dedication of those folks.”