Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Knights of Columbus: thanks from Catholic Scouting for a job well done
the Inland Register
(From the January 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)
The Knights of Columbus has long been a supporter of Catholic Scouting. KC councils have held charters for over 1,100 Scout units, serving nearly 34,000 youth across the country.
In addition, the KCs has its own youth program, Columbia Squires, which involves young men in programs to benefit the Church and the community, while also offering recreational and social activities.
During the World Meeting of Families last year, Pope Francis called for a new alliance between the Church and the family. In light of that, the Knights has decided to phase out its involvement in Scouting and Squires programs while re-focusing its efforts on providing financial and volunteer support to Scout units and other youth activities that are sponsored by parishes.
KC councils will be moving to end their charters as soon as practically possible, no later than 2016. The organization is encouraging councils to transfer their charters to the local parish, where the mission and activity of Scouting will be more properly integrated into a comprehensive strategy of the parish’s youth ministry, under the direction of the pastor. The organization believes this is the best way to provide for the future sustainability of an authentic Catholic Scouting program and of the Catholic identity of the young people who participate in it.
The Spokane Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting (DCCS) wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the KC councils who have been a long-time partner with the Boy Scouts of America. The decision to end charter sponsors with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has nothing to do with recent membership policies within the BSA. In the Diocese of Spokane, the Knights of Columbus have been supporting the Boy Scouts for nearly 100 years. The DCCS looks forward to the continued support of the Knights of Columbus for the four Boy Scout Units (Troop and Packs) and future Venture Crews that will now be chartered by the parishes, and for the work of the DCCS in Eastern Washington.
The DCCS is working with Bishop Daly to make sure that all the Catholic Scouting units are transferred to the parish charter and to answer any questions that pastors may have.
In 2016 the DCCS will be working to develop a guideline for Catholic Scouting within the Diocese of Spokane. The guidelines will also include how Venture Crews, Camp Fire, and Girl Scouts can be part of the youth ministry programs within the life of the parish.
The DCCS thanks the Knights of Columbus for its support of Catholic Scouting and looks forward to continued support of Catholic Scouting in parishes and throughout the Diocese of Spokane.
(The Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting consists of Deacon Dan Glatt, Catholic Scout Chaplain; Bob Smee, Boy Scouts Chair; and June Sine, Girl Scouts Chair.)
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