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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.

Why consider a year-end gift to the Knox Trail Council?

Read more about how your gift is a win for the organization and a win for you as the donor………

Cash Gifts

Gifts of cash are the most basic and important source of support for Scouting. They are easy and popular, and you are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction equal to the full value of the gift. Also, the higher your tax bracket, the more your charitable tax deductions are worth to you.

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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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Introducing the new JP Becker District!

The North District is pleased to announce that Troop 41 Marlborough Life Scout, Isaac N. was picked as the winner for the North District You Name It! competition. With the name picked, the North District will now be going forward with the name of JP Becker District. For more information about JP Becker and the reason for the picking of the name,:

John P. Becker, at 12 years old, was a teamster in Henry Knox’s expedition; driving a team of horses dragging cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights above Boston. His father, Peter, supplied most of the horses used in the trek and had a reputation in his community as someone always ready to lend a hand. After their 10 week trek with Henry Knox they were called upon and made a second trip to Montreal to help supply the Continental Army. John later wrote of these adventures; and his book is one of the primary sources of information on these trips.

J. P. Becker and his father lived the spirit of Scouting and are role models for us today. They show us the power of dedication and selfless service to others, our community and our nation.

2015 Camp Resolute Staff Interviews

Do you have what it takes to be a member of Team Resolute?  Open to young men and young women who will be 16 years of age or above by June 28, 2015, we are currently setting up interviews for our 2015 summer camp staff – Camp Resolute and Cub Adventure Day Camp.  Be a part of the team!  Share with your friends and family, you don’t have to be a scout or venturer to apply.

First round of interviews will be held Saturday December 27, 2014 at the Council Service Center, 490 Union Ave, Framingham.  To schedule an interview, use this link.  Schedule Now!

For more info, contact Chris Thorp,  An email confirmation of your appointment will be sent.

Knox Trail Council Joins #GivingTuesday

The Knox Trail Council is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the “Giving Tuesday” campaign, which allows people to give back to the organizations and places that have given them so much.

GivingTuesday™ (#GivingTuesday) is a movement to create a National Day of Giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It only makes sense: our social calendar already has a day for giving thanks, and two days for getting deals on our holiday shopping. “Giving Tuesday” encourages people to give generously to others by donating to their favorite non-profit organizations.

This year’s Giving Tuesday is Dec. 2, 2014. Between now and then, we invite you to support Scouting through Friends of Scouting or the 2015 Campership Campaign. Your support will help the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America carry out its mission 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.

2014 Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year

The Knox Trail Council NESA committee is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year.

The National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each year, the Knox Trail Council National Eagle Scout Association Committee may select a winner from the applications received.

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