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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.

Cub Adventure Day Camp and Camp Resolute Invite You to the Kick-Off of the 2015 Season!!

Get ready, get set, it’s summer! Believe it or not summer is just a few short months away and we want to tell you about all of our fantastic summer opportunities available for our Scouts!
Join us – Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:30pm
Join us on December 11 for the official kick-off to the 2015 summer season. We will be serving a delicious pasta dinner and some great desserts. Best of all there is no cost for you to attend!

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about and start planning for summer camp!

RSVP now to attend

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Northern Tier

Explore the Boundary Water Wilderness Area in Northern Minnesota!

Are you a Boy Scout or Venturer who is going to be 13 and completed the 8th grade next Summer? Do you enjoy canoeing? How would you and like to go to Northern Minnesota for an expedition of a lifetime?

Join our council contingent and enjoy the wilderness trip of a lifetime. Participants must be registered in a Boy Scout Troop or Venture Crew and be willing to attend training sessions as well as have a ton of fun!

Northern Tier High Adventure Base is the BSA’s gateway to adventure in the Great Northwoods. Scouts explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario, and Northeast Manitoba.

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Webelos Activity Meets

Webelos and Webelos Leaders – Mark your calendar for January 10 & 11, 2015! The Webelos Activity Meets have both fun and advancement planned! The badges being offered are Engineering, Readyman, Scholar and Scientist.  During the program, Webelos pick 2 badges and work hands-on with professionals from the fields to do many of the requirements for the badges.

Click here to register for January 10th at the LDS Church, 240 Hemenway St, Marlborough MA from 1:00pm – 3:30pm.

Click here to register for January 11th at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St, Newton, MA from 1:00pm – 3:30pm.

Registration closes Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rechartering Information

Congratulations to Troop 16 Sherborn for being the first unit to submit their complete 2015 Charter! 

Internet Rechartering is active.

All Charter renewal paperwork is due in the Knox Trail Council Office by Monday, December 1st.

Any new youth and adult applications should be turned in now so they can be registered until the expiration of your current charter on December 31st.  This is important to comply with Commonwealth of Mass laws and National BSA policy in regard to CORIs, background checks and insurance.

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Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED certification

What do you do if someone’s heart stops beating? What do you do if someone is choking and cannot breathe? What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?

If you want the members of your troop or venture crew to know what to do, in the event of these emergencies, and to be able to do it you can sign up your unit to take the American Red Cross (ARC) First Aid/CPR/AED course now offered by Knox Trail Council.

What you and the members of your troop or crew learn in this course could mean the difference between life and death for a family member, a friend, or anyone in your community.

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Roundtable – Mark Your Calendar for September 11, 2014

What’s new in the Knox Trail Council?

Meet & Greet the New Knox Trail Council. Come along and hear about the changes in the Scouting program and in our very own council. The three new District Executives will also be present to introduce themselves and outline their plans for their districts. Come along and ask your questions about the direction of the KTC. We will also kick off the rechartering process.

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2014 Catholic Diocese of Worcester Adult Awards

The Diocese of Worcester Catholic Committee on Scouting (“CCS”) is please to announce the 2014 adult recipients of Catholic scouting awards.  As the Diocese of Worcester covers three different scout councils, awards are representing honorees from all three councils.  These awards are by nomination and voted upon by the CCS.

  • Bronze Pelican:  This award is used for a variety of purposes to recognize distinguished service to Catholic scouting as youth ministry within the Diocese of Worcester.  The 2014 Bronze Pelican award recipients are:
    • Fr. William Champlin – Pastor, St. Edward the Confessor Parish, Westminster.  Chartered Organizational Representative for Troop 33 Westminster – Nashua Valley Council
    • James Kelly – Worcester Diocese CCS committee member.  Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 33 Westminster and Den Leader Pack 33 Westminster.  James was also a lead instructor for an Ad Altare Dei class in the NVC area in n2013.  He lives in Ashburnham and his home parish is St. Dennis Parish.  Nashua Valley Council.
    • James Gorman – Worcester Diocese CCS committee member.  Cubmaster Pack 108 Millbury and a committee member of Troop 106 in Millbury.  He lives in Millbury and his home parish is Assumption Church.  Mohegan Council.
    • Juan Guzman – District Commissioner for the Mill Town District and has been very involved with Pack 140 and Troop 160 in Southbridge at his home parish of St. John Paul II Parish for many years.  Mohegan Council.
    • Fr. Tom Mahoney – Pastor Emeritus Saint Gabriel Parish, Mendon.  Fr. Mahoney has been Troop 1 Mendon’s chaplain for 20 years.  Knox Trail Council.

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Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) Training

Pre-course meeting: Sept. 10th @ 7 pm
Camping: Fri, Sept. 19 @ 6:00 pm – Sun, Sept. 21 @ 11:00 am
All at Nobscot Scout Reservation, Cost $30

Are you the parent of a Webelos Scout who is considering becoming a Boy Scout leader when your son crosses over this year? Are you a Boy Scout leader who wants to more confidently share the outdoor scouting program with your troop? Are you a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster who needs to be fully trained so you can be listed on your troop’s charter when it is renewed in December? If you can say “Yes” to any of the above, then you should sign up for the Fall IOLS. Read more