|As Knights of Columbus in North Carolina, we are called to serve the Youth in our families, our parishes, and our community. Our programs are aimed at helping our youth as they grow into adulthood. We provide assistance to the Youth Ministry and Youth Religious Education programs including Scouting at the parish level. We sponsor educational and athletic events at the Council, District, and State levels in conjunction with the and in programs and activities sponsored by Supreme including our Columbian Squires program. Providing a Safe Environment for our Youth in Knights of Columbus, parish, and other youth programs is a critical part of our Youth initiative. The various chairman of our Statewide Youth programs stand ready to assist you and your Council in developing and implementing successful Youth programs and will be communicating information to your Councils encouraging your participation in our Statewide programs.
Please check back regularly to these pages for information on the upcoming programs and results of the various athletic and education programs during this Fraternal Year.
The Youth Director’s Blog
We are entering a very busy time of the year for Youth Activities. In our parishes, the Religious Education programs and Youth Ministry programs are gearing up for the new school year. We are called to be there and to help as teachers, aides, youth group leaders and behind the scenes support for these programs. If your Council sponsors a Columbian Squires Circle, the fall is a busy time of growth and they need your assistance. Parishes with Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews need adult leaders from Cub Masters, Scout Masters, and Crew Advisors to committee members, Merit Badge Counselors, and Religious Emblems Counselors. How is you Council responding to the call for service to the youth of your parish and community?
Thanks to generous offers from the Paul J. Trageser Council, 10910 in Chapel Hill and the PIUS X Council, 3498 in Burlington, we have locations for our State Soccer Challenge and Free Throw Contest. More details will be released shortly on these two events.
The theme of this year’s essay Contest is “Going to the Peripheries.” This Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest entries must address either Alcohol Awareness and Abuse or Drug Awareness and Abuse. In keeping with the guidelines from Supreme, we ask that Councils complete there Essay Contest by the end of November and their Substance Abuse judging by the end of February.
Councils should be planning to assist both the Diocesan Catholic Committees on Scouting and local Scout units in support of scheduled camporees as follows:
2018 Catholic Camporee – Diocese of Raleigh
Location: Camp Agape, 1369 Tyler Dewar Lane, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
Date: March 9-11, 2018
42nd Annual Charlotte Diocese Catholic Camporee
Location: Belk Scout Camp, Cabarrus, North Carolina
Date March 2, 2018 – March 4, 2018
Has your council assisted our Squires by ordering Christmas cards? It’s hard to find good quality Christmas cards, Our Squires can help but you have to get your orders in so they can get the cards to you. Brother Joseph is available to answer any questions.
Coats for Kids
Brother Tom has an excellent article about coming in the September Tar Heel Knight. If your council has never participated, now is the time. Remember that Our Lord said, “I was naked and you gave me clothes.” This is a chance to answer the call to serve those without the proper clothes for winter. I’m sure that we can find Councils to distribute any coats you order or gather even if there is not a need in your local community.
At a recent concert in Winston-Salem, the Oak Ridge Boys sang “Thank God For Kids” adding “And Grandkids” at the end of the song. The best way to show God we are thankful for the children in our lives is by helping them to grow into the adults God wants them to be. We are called to do just that.