Knights Honored By Boy Scouts of America
Knights of Columbus Honored By Boy Scouts of America
"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is 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." Despite what one may read in today's media, not much has changed in the 104 years of the Boy Scouts of America. Tying knots and going camping are both great things to do and know, but that's the program to keep Scouts engaged, not the result of a life’s journey of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Knights of Columbus have a history of chartering units that is almost as old as the BSA itself. "Why?" one might ask. Both are organizations with service to others as a core value, both require a belief in God for membership, and both exist for the promotion of ethical and moral choices.
Grand Knight Dan Gregory accepted the award at the
District Banquet held on Saturday, Jan. 18th.
The Knights of Columbus Council #6456 is the "Charter Partner" of the 3 Boy Scouts of America units located at Sacred Heart Parish in Conroe. Just what does that mean? Council #6456 sponsors the 3 units. Everything from the flags, to the trailer, to the cook stoves. The direction the Unit leadership follows is, screened, nominated and mandated by their Charter Partner before acceptance. Our mandate to our Scout Leaders is- “ ‘Scouting as Youth Ministry’ as defined by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. Scouting values and skills are to be promoted as best as possible.”
Just how well is this being done you may ask?
The George Strake District of the BSA
(46 Units in Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker Counties)
has honored the following:
District Charter Partner of the Year-
Knights of Columbus Council #6456
Why? "Because of the high level of direction and support given to these Units that is resulting in the highest possible levels of performance by these units towards the mission of the BSA.
Honor Unit George Strake District-
2013: Spring Camporee, Winter Camporee, Scout Fair, Buffalo Trails Scout Reservation Summer Camp Week 3- highest score of all participating units- Troop 1517
Gold Level Journey to Excellence for 2013-
Pack and Troop 1517- the highest level possible for strength of program
Silver Level- Crew 1517-
2nd only to the best.
District Scout Leader of the Year-
Mat Burt, Scoutmaster of Troop 1517 and Knight
District Golson Spirit of Scouting Award-
Tom Chevalier, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 1517
District Spirit of Scouting Award-
District Scout of the Year-
Brett Lyons- past Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 1517 son of Knight
District Award of Merit-
Bob Zetelski- District Commissioner and Knight
National Quality Award-
Pack 1517 and Troop 1517- for having 100% trained Leadership in all "Direct Contact" Leadership positions. These are the ONLY Units in GSD to achieve this honor. Troop 1517 has EXCEEDED this requirement by having EACH and EVERY Adult Leadership Position trained per BSA requirements. It has FURTHER EXCEEDED these requirements by having EACH and EVERY registered Scout Leader trained to the requirements of the "Boy Scout Leadership Training Award" (also called Recognition Knot Level) for their position. It is the only Unit so trained in the entire Sam Houston Area Council and possibly (being looked into) the United States.
Just to put this in perspective. Our Council #6456 Chartered Units received EVERY top honor in EVERY possible form of measurement. This has NEVER happened before in the history of George Strake District. Looks like this year, it’s being done pretty well!!
The Boy Scouts of America is the chosen organization for youth leadership training by the National Catholic Council of Bishops of the USA.
How well are we training our Catholic youth?
National Catholic Committee on Scouting has some measurements-
Pope Pius VI Award- to Pack and Troop 1517.
The highest Unit Award for the promotion of Catholic Scouting. This includes service to the community, earning of religious emblems, attendance at retreats and other indicators of "Scouting as Youth Ministry".
Gabriel Avila, Member of Crew #1517 and son of Knight. The highest Scouting Award to Catholic Youth by the NCCS. This award has never previously been awarded to a Scout in George Strake District.
St. George Trek-
Brett Lyons, member of Troop #1517, son of Knight. This is a 10 day Leadership Discernment Trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch for the purpose of training the future leaders of the Catholic Church. 70+/- selected youth attend every 2 years from the entire USA. No Scout has ever previously participated in a St. George Trek from George Strake District. Senior Patrol Leaders during 2013. - Eli Avila, Brett Lyons, Zack Villarreal are all sons of Knights.
District Award of Merit
– Bob Zetelski
Scout Leader of the Year
– Mat Burt
Knights Malcome Paulk and Bob Zetelski represented the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston at this past summer's National Jamboree by making and explaining the Rosary in the National Catholic Committee on Scouting "Faith and Beliefs" booth. 35,000+ Scouts came by the booth. 10,000+ Catholic Scouts attended Mass during the Jamboree. This was an extraordinary display of their faith, as all walked 3-5 miles through a driving rain to attend.
Looks like our Knight's Chartered Units are doing pretty well in training the future Leadership of the Catholic Church!!