Name My Council Contest

Knox Trail and Old Colony Councils have combined to form a new council and that new council needs a new name.   Our new council has over 10,000 active members and we are asking you to submit your creative ideas for a new council name.  

The New Council Naming Contest will run from June 22, 2017 to July 31, 2017 and submissions will be taken using the form below.  This naming contest is open to all scouts and scouters in the new council.

All submissions will be reviewed by a group of scouts in late August who will recommend a dozen finalists to council leaders.  A small team appointed by the board will select the final name from this list and it will then be voted on by the council board.  A new patch design will be created after the board approves a new name.

Include with your name proposal a brief explanation why you think it would be a great name for the new council.  There are over 200 Boy Scout Councils in the United States; check them out here. to get a feel for the range of council names.   Generally names either represent the geography or history of the council.  We come together from Knox Trail Council which has an historical name and Old Colony Council that has a historical geographic name.

So be creative, dig into history, explore our geography, think about how the values of scouting are exemplified in our community, and explore the beauty of nature around us.  There’s a great name for our new council out there and we think that one of you has it!

  • Name My Council Dates

    • Scout and Scouter suggestions accepted online between June 22, 2017 and July 31, 2017
    • Scout selection committee meets on August 19, 2017 to select finalists
    • Board committee selects from finalists by September 1st
    • Board approves new name in September meeting

    Where do I submit my suggestions?

    • At the council website:

    Will there be a new council patch?

    • Yes there will be a new council patch that will be developed after a name is chosen by the council board.

    What is Council 251?

    • Boy Scouts of America assigns council numbers to each council for their internal tracking. Old Colony Council was number 249 and Knox Trail Council was number 244. 251 was available from national and represents the new council.

    Is there a prize if my name is selected?

    • There are no prizes in this naming program. If your name is selected we will contact you and ask if you want to be recognized for your entry in the newsletter and on the website.

    Will there be a new website?

    • We are temporarily using a “Council 251” website that can be reached at With a new name we will get a new web domain and URL and will be launching a new website.

    The Knox Trail Council Name

    • The Knox Trail Council was established in 1996 and is the result of a combination of the Algonquin and Norumbega Councils. The council takes its name from the route Revolutionary War General Henry Knox took in his courageous trek from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights. Over the course of six weeks during the winter of 1775/1776, Knox and his men hauled 60 captured cannons through the Adirondacks and across Massachusetts. Upon arrival, these cannon were used to lay siege to the British holding Boston; ultimately driving the British fleet out of Boston Harbor. This trail passes through the Council’s footprint and is even preserved in its original state within one of our camping facilities.

    The Old Colony Council Name

    • The Old Colony Council was founded in 1914 and has kept that name ever since. The term “Old Colony” refers to that area of southeastern Massachusetts that was once contained within the Plymouth Colony or New Plymouth. Bounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Colony was richly endowed with well-protected harbors and a river system that made trading, and later industry, profitable. The Old Colony existed as a separate entity from its founding in 1620 until its merger with the larger Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691.

Contact Information

Note: If you are under 13 please ask your parent or guardian to submit your entry using their email address.

Unit Information


Entry Terms & Conditions

By submitting an entry in the “Name My Council” contest, I, or my parent if I am under the age of eighteen (18) years, agree to the following terms and conditions:

1. Upon Submission, the Entry Will Become the Sole Property of the Council. By submitting an entry in the “Name the Council” contest (the “Entry”), I agree that I am assigning the Entry to Knox Trail Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America, now known as Council 251 (the “Council”) and waiving all rights to the Entry in perpetuity. I hereby assign, transfer, and convey all right, title, and interest in and to the Entry, including all associated copyright and other intellectual property rights, to the Council and waive any rights I ever had or now have. I agree that I will sign any documents of transfer that may be requested by the Council to evidence this assignment and waiver of rights.

2. I Relinquish All Control Over the Entry. I understand and expressly agree that by assigning all right, title, and interest to the Entry to the Council, the Council will own and have the exclusive right to use, display, edit, modify, combine with other material or content, exploit, assign, license, or transfer any portion or all of the Entry for any purpose and without compensation to or authorization from me.

3. No Payment or Consideration Will Be Paid to Me. I understand that I will not be entitled to receive any compensation for the Entry regardless of whether or how the Entry may be used or exploited by Council.

4. I Release the Council from Claims Relating to the Entry. I hereby release and discharge the Council and its successors, assigns, licensees, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, and employees, from any and all claims, actions, damages, liabilities, losses, costs, and expenses of any kind (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees) arising out of, resulting from, or by reason of the Council’s use or exploitation of the Entry.

5. No Other Agreement; Change of Terms and Conditions. I agree that these terms and conditions are the complete and exclusive terms and conditions governing the submission of the Entry and that any change to these terms and conditions can only be made, and will only be effective if made, in writing by an officer of the Council with the express authority to do so.

I have read and understood and agree to these terms and conditions.