Program Manual

Yourth and Squires Program

Kevin Quinn, Chairman

As a Fraternal Order founded to provide for the welfare of families of departed brothers, the Knights of Columbus offer a variety of programs to benefit our youth. The State Council fully supports and operates the programs sponsored by the Supreme Council. These activities are meant to be complimentary to and a part of the youth activities conducted by local Councils. Completing the requirements set forth by Supreme will fulfill all four of the Youth Activity section of the SP-7.

Essay Contest
http://kofc.org/en/members/programs/youth-activities/essay-contest.html#/
This contest is open to all students in grades 8-12 in public, private, and parochial schools. Topics are set by Supreme, and they are available by ordering the essay kit. The competition levels and due dates are:
•    Council: Order the kit by September 1, and complete the contest and judging by the end of November.
•    District: District Deputies are to judge the essay submissions by the end of December and submit them to the Diocesan Deputy.
•    Diocese: Diocesan Deputies should complete their judging by the end of January. Mail them to the State Youth Chairman by March 1. 
•    Each lower level should only forward the 1st place essay to the next level.
Awards are left to the discretion of the Councils, Districts, and Dioceses. Ensure that you have a copy of the essay before forwarding it to the next level.

Poster Contest
http://kofc.org/en/members/programs/youth-activities/substance-abuse-awareness.html#/
Substance abuse is far too common among our youth. As a means of bringing to light the dangers of substance abuse, Supreme offers the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster contest. The contest follows the same schedule as the essay contest:
•    Council: Order the kit by September 1, and complete the contest and judging by the end of November.
•    District: District Deputies are to judge the poster submissions by the end of December and submit them to the Diocesan Deputy.
•    Diocese: Diocesan Deputies should complete their judging by the end of January. Mail them to the State Youth Chairman by March •    Each lower level should only forward the 1st place essay to the next level.
Awards are left to the discretion of the Councils, Districts, and Dioceses. Ensure that you have a high quality digital image of the winning poster before forwarding it to the next level.

St. Christopher Award
http://www.tkofc.org/downloads/v/st.-christopher-award-form
The Knights of Columbus have a long history of supporting the Boy Scouts of America. The St. Christopher Award is designed to honor a brother Knight who works with the Boy Scouts and who actively encourages the participation in the Religious Scouting Awards for the Scouts. This award is only available through Texas State Council. The submission form is available on the Texas Knights of Columbus website. The cost to the council is $35.00. Mail the application to the Texas State Youth Activities Chairman. The brother Knight will receive a certificate, a jewel, and a lapel pin. This award should be presented at a special Scout function such as a Mass or a family social.

Coats for Kids
https://www.kofc.org/un/en/members/programs/community-activities/coats-for-kids.html
(order form)
https://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/coats_for_kids_p.pdf
No child should have to be cold. Fortunately, Supreme has a program to provide quality coats at a reduced cost. Coats come in boxes of 12 for $220 (shipping included) if mailed to an address within the continental US. Councils may sponsor another council in another part of the state where the need for a winter coat is more urgent.

Safe Environment
http://kofc.org/en/members/programs/youth-activities/safe-environment-program.html
The Knights of Columbus enforce a Safe Environment program “to protect young people served through Knights of Columbus programs and activities, including the Columbian Squires Program, from all forms of abuse. Councils participating in official Supreme Council programs and activities are required to comply with all policies and procedures of the Knights of Columbus Safe Environment Program”.
Grand Knights, Faithful Navigators (of an assembly sponsoring a Squires circle), Council and State Youth Directors and all Squires counselors and committeemen are required to complete the Safe Environment training and background check. In addition, all must also remain compliant with their local Diocesan Safe Environment requirements.

Free Throw Championship
Victor Quesnot, Free Throw Chairman
http://kofc.org/en/members/programs/youth-activities/free-throw-championship.html#/
(order form)
https://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/FT-KITOnline.pdf
Questions should be directed to Victor Quesnot, (210) 337-6738, vmqkoc@yahoo.com

THE TEXAS STATE FREE THROW TOURNAMENT
Location: Barbara Bush Middle School
1500 Evans Road, San Antonio, TX 
The fraternal year schedule for the 2016-2017 Free Throw Tournament for Councils, Districts, Diocesans and State levels are: 
Council begins in January 2017
•    District begins in February 2017
•    Diocese’s Regional begins after District in February 2017
•    State – Date is schedule on the First Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ordering Schedule: 
October 1, 2016 – Councils Ordering FT-KITS
Councils can order Free Throw Kits (#FT-KIT) at no charge using the form on the Order’s Web site, http://www.kofc.org/forms or by using the form in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436). The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Kit contains posters, entry forms, and a step-by-step guide on conducting a tournament and issuing certificates. Grand Knights must submit council participation (#FT-1) forms to Supreme Office, State Office and to their District Deputy.
Mid-October – Mid-November 2016 – Reporting & Ordering District and Diocesan FT Medals – 

Important
District Deputies must report to Diocesan Deputies on council participation. The Diocesan Deputy then reports to the State Program Director the number of Districts participating. This is very important for the State Program Director who then orders the District Medals and the Diocesan Medals to be distributed in December Mid-Year Meeting.

December 2016 – District’s Mid-Year Organizational Meeting 
At the Texas State Mid-Year Organizational Meeting, the Diocesan Deputies receive both their DISTRICT Free Throw Medals and the REGIONAL Free Throw Medals. The District Deputies can request their DISTRICT Free Throw Medals from their Diocesan Deputy at the District’s Mid-Year Organizational Meeting.

January 2017 - Age Requirement: all Competition Levels
The competition is divided into groups by age and gender. Each participating contestant must fall between ages 9-14. Age eligibility of each contestant will be determined according to how old they are as of January 1, 2017 – NO EXECEPTIONS. 

February 2017 Requirements:
Each Diocesan Deputy and/or Diocese Program Chairman – 
Report the advancing winners to the State Free Throw Tournament Chairman, Victor Quesnot (vmqkoc@yahoo.com
Each Diocesan Deputy and/or his Dioceses Program Chairman must first verify that each participating council has paid or collect their Texas State Per-Capita before winners advance to the State Competition. 
As soon as the Diocesan tournament is over in February, email (provided spreadsheet) a list of advancing winners to the State Free Throw Chairman for the preparation of the Texas State Tournament event. 
Mail overnight by (UPS or Fed-Ex) a package of a copy of the contestants’ birth certificate stapled together with their score sheets to the State Free Throw Chairman for advancement.
Keep the last week of February open with no competition to be used as a preparations week for State Level.

State Winners –
Winners of all age categories will receive a TX trophy for First, Second and Third Place. Only First Place winners will receive a KofC new basketball and be submitted for advancement to Supreme National Free Throw Competition.

Diocesan Deputy, District Deputies and Grand Knights - 
This is a very popular program which can reach a great number of our young athletes… continue to encourage your councils members to participate and order their Free Throw kits early in October. For additional details, check the Texas State Council website (http://www.tkofc.org) and let’s make this year Free Throw Championship Event another success!
Participating councils submit Order Form FT-Kit, starting October 1st; by November 1st. 
District Deputies notify their Diocesan Deputies of council’s participation prior to November 1st. 


 


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