Knights of Columbus Providing Youth Ministry through the Scouting Program
In 1913, Knights of Columbus Council No. 1337 was chartered to operate Boy Scout Troop 1 in Monroe, Louisiana. In 1923, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council formally commended Scouting as "a fruitful activity for the Order" and said that local councils had "molded young boys" through the Scouting program. For more than 90 years, the Knights of Columbus has worked with the Boy Scouts of America to serve youth. The Knights continue to shape lives by serving more than 42,000 young people in more than 1,400 Scouting units. As of 2005, the Knights of Columbus had more than 150 Scouting units that had 50 or more years' tenure and more than 800 Knights of Columbus councils were ensuring that young people receive a Scouting opportunity.
In 2006, the Knights of Columbus and the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® are teaming up to start new Scouting units. Each Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator, and State and District Deputy in the United States will be getting a recruitment packet including information on the Scouting programs and a DVD with a message from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson with his support of the Boy Scouts of America programs. In addition, every Council Executive in the United States will be getting the same information. The cover and pamphlet materials use the pictures seen to the right showing brother Sir Knights congratulating a Scout for his achievements.
As you may know, BSA sent out letters last year asking all government agencies to find alternate charter partners so money will not be used in lawsuits that could be used for the Scouting programs. In the pilot for this new agreement with the Knights, one council decided to pick up the charters for 23 units in its area to keep these units functioning.
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