Program Manual

Yourth and Squires Program

Chairman: Kevin Quinn


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 Sp7.
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 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 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.
Columbian Squires
“Training the next generation of Catholic Lay Leaders and Knights of Columbus”
The Columbian Squires are the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus for Catholic boys aged 10 – 18.  Just as each Council develops its own personality and pet projects so will a Squires Circle.  A Circle is a miniature Council and operates accordingly with elected and appointed officers, committee chairmen and reports to be submitted.  Each Circle is also a member of the State Circle which mirrors the State Council.  A mid-year meeting is held in January and an annual convention is held in June.  All Squires and Counselors are encouraged to attend.
STARTING A CIRCLE
1. Contact the State Youth & Squires Chairman for assistance starting a Circle.
MAINTAINING A CIRCLE
Squires Circles are obligated to maintain compliance with the following:
Adult Background Checks
1. All Squires counselors and Committeemen MUST maintain compliance with their local diocesan annual training and background checks for working with youth and vulnerable adults AND the Safe Environment training of the Knights of Columbus.
2. To initiate the Knights of Columbus background checks, report the name, eMail address and other contact information for each counselor on page two of form 468.  Write “Update” on page one.  Submit the form to youthleader@kofc.org, fraternalservices@kofc.org and cc: the State Youth & Squires Chairman.
3. Counselors will be emailed a link to the online Praesidium training which must be completed.  A background check will be conducted by Praesidium.  When the online training and background check are complete the counselor will be approved.  The training and background check are valid for two years at which time they must be renewed.
Reports
1. Form 468 Circle Officers, Chairmen and Counselors.  Due August 1st
a. Used to maintain State and Supreme membership data and communication directories. 
b. Also used to add new counselors during the fraternal year. 
2. Form 1728C Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity.  Due February 1st 
a. Data on this report is used to maintain the federal tax exemption status for the Knights.
3. Form 247-NC Semiannual Status and Audit Report.  Due bi-annually March 1st and September 1st
As of the time the Star Guide was published, blank copies of reports could be found at:
http://www.kofc.org/en/members/resources/forms/circle.html
Reports must be submitted to the Supreme Council (fraternalservices@kofc.org) and the Texas State Youth &Squires Chairman.
Dues and Per Capita
1. Squires Circles are not required to charge dues to their members.  It is a decision that is left to each Circle.
2. Supreme Per Capita is $1 per Squire per year.  Supreme will send bills monthly to the Chief Counselor listed on form 468 for Squires supplies ordered from Supreme.
3. Texas State Circle dues are $15 per Circle per year and due by February 1st every year.  A check to the “Texas State Squires” can be sent to the State Youth & Squires Chairman.
All reports, dues and per capita must be kept current to keep the Squires Circle from being suspended or dissolved and to allow the sponsoring Council to use the Circle for the youth portion of the STAR Council award.
Free Throw Championship
Chairman: Mike Rademacher
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
 


 

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