As Knights of Columbus, it is our responsibility to provide youth with the means and the opportunities to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times. Every council should strive to make youth activities a top priority. Grand Knights are encouraged to implement the suggested activities as well as others of their choosing for including youth in the council’s programs for the fraternal year.
The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. The Squires program helps young Catholic men between the ages of 10 and 18 develop leadership skills, concern for their community and devotion to their Church. Click here for more information.
The booklet Financial Aid to Education has information about financial aid available to students through scholarships, fellowships, trusts and loan programs. More information may be obtained by writing directly to Financial Aid to Education, Knights of Columbus, PO Box 1670, New Haven, CT 06507-0928 or calling (203) 752-4332.
This contest is open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years old. The Grand Knight should order this kit from the Supreme Council using the order form from the Council Report Form Booklet or the form on the Supreme Council’s website. This kit contains the rules, regulations, entry form/score sheets and posters necessary to run a successful Soccer Challenge contest. The council contest should be held any time in September or Early October with all councils reporting by October 30th to both the Supreme and the State Councils.
The theme for this year’s contest is The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.” The contest is open to all 8th graders and high school seniors in Catholic schools ore parish sponsored religious education programs. Councils interested in the essay contest can find additional information about this program and the order form for a participation kit in the Council Report Form Booklet or the form on the Supreme Council’s website. All essay winners’ names and copies of their essays are to be forwarded to the Youth Activities Director by April 1 for reporting council participation.
“Alcohol Awareness and Abuse” or “Drug Awareness and Abuse” are the topics for this poster contests. The contests are open to all children and will be judged in two groups: 8 to 11 years old and 12 to 14 years old. Forms are found in your Council Report Form Booklet on the Supreme Council’s website for ordering kits to aid you in this program. Council winners need to be sent to your District Deputy by February 15 and the District winners should be sent to the State Youth Activities Director by March 1. Certificates will be awarded to the state winners and they will be forwarded to the Supreme Council for international judging.
The Grand Knight or Free Throw Chairman needs to order this kit from the Supreme Council using the form from the Council Report Form Booklet or the form on the Supreme Council’s website. This kit contains the rules, regulations, entry from/score sheets and posters necessary to run a successful Free Throw Contest. Adhere to all rules exactly as they are outlined by the Supreme Council. Click here to read the rules.
Council Contest: Any time in January.
District Contest: First and second weeks in February.
Regional Contest: Third and fourth weeks in February (site information will be mailed to the Grand Knights).
State Contest: In March at Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School in Salina, KS (details will be mailed to the Grand Knights).
State Service Awards will be presented at the State Convention for the outstanding Youth Activity for the year. As you plan your events for this year, plan for a scrapbook entry and then collect newspaper clippings, photographs and other materials to submit. Submit your council’s scrapbook to the State Youth Activities Director by April 1.