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Complete Your Youth Protection Training

The safety and welfare of the young people we serve is the most important responsibility we have as volunteers in Scouting, and current Youth Protection Training is mandatory for every leader who serves in the Knox Trail Council. Effective immediately, no new leader will be registered without a current youth protection training certificate on file, and any leader without current YPT when their unit’s charter is renewed will be dropped from the roster.  The training is available 24/7 online at, and it takes about 25 minutes to complete.

What’s On Your Mind? Share Your Voice

Scouting is a buzz with excitement as we get ready to launch our Voice of the Scout surveys! We really need your Voice! If you get an email survey from the Boy Scouts of America in your inbox, know that a few minutes of your time will make a difference in improving Scouting for the long haul! Next week, thousands of Scouts, parents, volunteers, and chartered organizations will receive the fall edition of our twice-yearly Voice of the Scout survey. Please help us by providing your valuable feedback.

Re-Name Your District Contest – South District Contest!

The South District of the Knox Trail Council is sponsoring a contest to rename the District. This is an opportunity for all registered youth members in the South District to participate in the creation of a new name for the South District.


Any scout youth who is a current 2014 registered member in a unit in the towns of Framingham, Ashland, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Milford, or Mendon is eligible to participate.

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Money for Nothing, and Your Matches for Free

Money for Nothing, and Your Matches for Free

Did you know that you can financially support Scouting without changing anything you’re already doing? The Knox Trail Council needs to raise over $1.75 million each year to meet our operating budget, just about all of which is spent locally on support to our units and volunteers.

Here’s two ways you can help.

Use our link to Amazon  every time (we mean starting at this link every time) you shop. 0.5% of each purchase you make when you start at this link supports Scouting. You won’t notice a difference and you still get the benefits of your Amazon Prime account. It’s a no brainer.

Match your Friends of Scouting pledge. Thousands of dollars that can be directed toward our incredible programs are left on the table each year because our contributors don’t ask their company if they match. GE matches dollar for dollar, so does Sikorsky. Contact your HR department or our Council’s Assistant Scout Executive and we’ll help you all we can. Some local companies even reward employees who volunteer a certain number of hours (like you do in a week) with a cash gift to the organization. Your local troop would have a hard time getting on the list because it’s not a 501c3, but the Council is.


Silver Beaver Nominations Now being accepted

The Silver Beaver Nomination Process

As a movement whose leadership is overwhelmingly volunteer, the Boy Scouts of America recognizes the need to acknowledge the invaluable services that men and women render to youth. The recognitions are granted by one’s own peers in Scouting for distinguished service to youth. Other BSA awards, by comparison, are granted only to those who have completed a prescribed course of study or have participated in special training sessions.

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Youth and Adult Applications

When turning in new applications for processing to the Knox Trail office please follow these steps:

  1. Be sure that everything is clearly written.
  2. Remember that “Mr.” or “Mrs.” is not a suffix – that would be “Jr.”, “Sr.” or “III”.
  3. Have all proper signatures.
    1. For Youth applications, the unit leader (or designee) needs to sign.
    2. For adult applications the Committee Chair & Charter Rep signs.
  4. Separate the application and give each copy to the appropriate person.
  5. Turn in ONLY the “Council Copy” of the application – keep the “Unit Copy”.
  6. For adult applications, be sure that that right side of the application is completely filled in, that the position is listed and that you attach the “Disclosure/Authorization Form” for the Criminal Background check; The state CORI form with Photo ID (front only); and Youth Protection Training Certificate (YPT).
  7. If someone is registering in more than one unit: write “Multiple” at the top left of the application. An application is required for each position in each unit – but the fee is paid only once.
  8. If someone is changing positions with in the same unit: Write “Position Change only” at the top left of the application.  An approved/signed application is required, but we do not need all the other forms if the person is currently registered.
  9. Please send the needed fees with the applications, or contact the Office to see if you have funds in your unit account. We cannot process registrations without the funds necessary to send to the National office.  None of your registration fees stay with the Knox Trail Council.




Peter Gardner to receive 2014 Westborough Good Scout Award

The 2014 Westborough Good Scout Award will be presented to Peter Gardner on Nov. 10 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough. The gathering will begin at 6 p.m., with an Opening Ceremony by the Scouts at 6:55 pm.

Dinner and the Good Scout Award presentation will follow.  Register Now

Mr. Gardner, a resident of Westborough, is President of Curry Printing, headquartered in Westborough with a retail satellite location in Worcester and a campus location at Assumption College. Read More