The Knox Trail Council was established in 1996 and is the result of a consolidation of Scouting programing that has served Greater Metrowest for nearly a century. The Council’s name is derived from the name of the path that was used by General Henry Knox in the spring of 1776 to bring a train of artillery, captured at Fort Ticonderoga, NY to General George Washington in Boston, MA during the Revolutionary War. This trail passes through the Council’s footprint and is even preserved in its original state within one of our camping facilities.
Today, our Council serves thousands of youth and is managing two excellent camping properties: the Nobscot Scout Reservation in Framingham/Subury, MA and the Robsham Scout Reservation in Bolton, MA. Combined, they constitute over 800 acres of beautiful forested land and open space, making each one into a true ‘Urban Oasis’
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
It is the purpose of the Knox Trail Council to provide the program support needed by the volunteer leaders of the various Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews, Explorer Posts and Learning for Life Groups in the communities we serve in the Metro Area.
Journey to Excellence
For our parents, donors and community supporters, the volunteers and the staff of Knox Trail Council, they can rely on the knowledge that their council is focused on its journey to excellence in the years to come and will focus the mission of our program on the following key vision, promise and purposes.
The Knox Trail Council serves 21 cities and towns in the Greater Metrowest region of Eastern Massachusetts. This overall territory is divided into three distinct areas, known as Districts, to ensure resources are evenly distributed amongst the Council’s constituent communities.
Shifts in the Council’s demographic base, since the last redistricting occurred in 1996, have resulted in an imbalance of members, leaders, units and council resources that makes it difficult for the Council to effectively implement the Scouting program in its footprint. To restore balance and maximize efficiency, a new district structure has taken effect as of July 1, 2014. This new configuration is defined below, with additional information located on our Council Districts page.
Cannon District: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Sherborn
Powder Keg District: Natick, Newton, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston
JP Becker District: Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Southborough, Sudbury, Stow, and Westborough
Our Council is run by a volunteer Executive Board, advised by an experienced group of Commissioners and is managed on a day-to-day basis by a staff of professional Scouting leaders.
The Council Executive Board is made up of prominent community, corporate, educational and religious leaders, as well as the Charter Organization Representatives from each of the Council’s units. The Board is responsible for maintaining the standards of ethics and conduct of the Boy Scouts of America and for approving a Council operating budget.
- Sherry Bowden – Council President
- Bruce Wood – Cannon District Committee Chair
- George Brenckle – JP Becker District Committee Chair
- Jerry Tempesta – Powder Keg District Committee Chair
- Ken DeMars – Camping Committee Chair
- Denis Fleming – Advancement Committee Chair
- Vacant – Activities & Civic Service Committee Chair
Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. On a Council level, the Council and District Commissioners represent the Council’s units to the Executive Board.
- Mark Niedzielski – Council Commissioner
- Paul Callahan – Cannon District Commmissioner
- Andy Sonderfan – JP Becker District Commissioner
- Tom Bednarz – Powder Keg District Commissioner
The day-to-day work of the Council is managed by the professional staff. Professionals spend a good part of every day cultivating future partners for various Scouting units; promoting the programs to other organizations, key businesses, key and influential individuals, and the general public. In addition, these leaders manage the councils camping facilities and programs.