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Have Questions About Venturing Program Changes?


With the release of the new program updates, there are lots of questions regarding the Venturing program. Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked queries:


There is now training for Crew advisors and the Crew committee. Training syllabi can be found on the National adult training website here. (Venturing Advisor Position Specific and Crew Committee Challenge). Read more

Youth Protection Email Notification Feature


We want to inform you that a new notification e-mail feature has been implemented as of December 3.

This feature will automatically and regularly notify registered adult leaders who have not yet taken Youth Protection training, or whose training expired, or will expire in 30-60-90 days, about the importance of taking Youth Protection training. The notification includes a direct link to the online Youth Protection training course to complete.

Please note, this feature can be successful with notifications provided there’s a valid, current email account in each person’s profile. Please make sure your profile is up-to-date at MyScouting.

Winter Camping Safety

Cold Camping

There is magic to camping in winter. It is one of the most challenging of outdoor adventures. The Boy Scouts of America operates the National Cold-Weather Camping Development Center at Northern Tier through the Okpik program.

Visit for comprehensive winter camping preparation information.

For more information on winter camping, click here.

Service Hour Reporting



Please don’t forget that one of the objectives on the unit Journey to Excellence (JTE) scorecard deals with service projects. Giving back to the community goes to the heart of what Scouting is all about, and reporting your unit’s service hours helps us share a compelling story with the community about the impact that you and your Scouts make each and every year. It’ll also help your unit “Go for the Gold” when it comes to the JTE program.

So please make sure to log in to the Service Hours website before the year is out and let us know about how your unit helped with Scouting for Food, Eagle projects, and all other service projects conducted throughout 2014.

Introducing the new Cannon District!

The South District naming selection committee is pleased to announce that Troop 4 Milford Star Scout Brandon K. was chosen the winner of the ‘Rename your District Contest. There were over 25 names submitted from 7 different scouts.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the district naming contest.

The name was selected because the committee found it simple and relatable to the Council name of Knox Trial.  The district leadership team is currently working with local graphic designers to design a logo for the new district. In January, there will be a district-wide online vote for the new district logo.

The Cannon District Committee typically meets at 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of every month at the Milford Fire Department HQ, however due to the holiday our next meeting is Tuesday January 6th same time and place as usual, all are welcome to attend and learn more about what is going on in the towns of Framingham, Ashland, Sherborn, Hopkinton, Holliston, Milford, Hopedale, and Mendon.

New England Scout Shop – Champ Camp

Things are Really Picking Up Speed at the New England Scout Shop in Southborough!

Welcome to Champ Camp!

If you’re preparing to hit the track, we’ve got your back! When it comes to Pinewood Derby® expertise, look no further than your local Scout Shop.

And we’re planning a whole day just for you. Join us for our annual CHAMP CAMP on Saturday, January 17 for a full, fun-packed day of Pinewood Derby know-how.
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January Webcasts on the New Cub Scouting Program

As you know, a new Cub Scouting program is launching June 1, 2015 that will be more fun and exciting for boys, and easier to implement for unit leaders. To ensure units are ready to make the transition, a series of webcasts will be hosted in January. The webcasts will outline the coming changes, how to prepare, and when resources will be available.

Help spread the word about the webcasts to your Districts and Units.
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Council Recognition Dinner

Come celebrate the successes of the Knox Trail Council at the Annual Recognition Dinner

The 2015 Annual Business Meeting and Recognition Dinner will be held at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland.


Join us as we recognize the accomplishments of our Silver Beaver recipients….

Paul Gadd
Joshua Paulin


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The presentation of National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards to

Bill Downey
George Ecker


In addition we will recognize the NESA Eagle Scout Service Project of the year, James E. West Fellows, and much more. The event promises to be an evening of fun and fellowship, showcasing some of Knox Trail Council’s achievements throughout the year, and an opportunity to salute you and the many others who have helped your council to be one of New England’s finest!
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