|COLUMBIAN SQUIRES||COLUMBUS GIRLS|
|The Official Youth Organization
of the Knights of Columbus
|The Official Young Ladies
Organization of the Missouri
State Council Knights of Columbus
As we are asked to BE a Knight, we cannot forget the value of our sons and daughters. These young Catholic men and women face many challenges in the world today which seek to draw them away from the faith. The lure of excitement and easy rewards with little or no responsibility make the task of living in the Catholic faith all the more challenging. At the same time, our councils sometimes encounter difficulities in getting younger Catholics interested in the work of our cherished Order. Fortunately, there is a program within the Knights of Columbus that can help young people keep their Catholic faith, enable them to learn leadership skills while engaging them in fun service activities that introduce them to the Knights of Columbus.
The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus for young men between the age of ten and eighteen. The Columbus Girls is a program instituted by the Missouri State Council for young women in the same age group. Both the Squires and Columbus Girls are Catholic programs dedicated to promoting leadership and service for our youth. Both organizations are open to all Catholic children, not just those whose fathers are Knights or mothers are in an Auxiliary.
A new Squires or Girl's circle must be sponsored by a Council, Assembly, or Ladies Auxiliary. The circles can either be based in the council, parish, or school depending on the needs of the area. Each circle elects it's own officers, runs it's own meetings, and plans it's own events. The officers serve under the guidance of several Knights or Ladies who work as counselors for the group. Circles undertake a number of activities, including volunteering at soup kitchens, raising funds for a number of charitable institutions, praying for religious vocations, cleaning up city parks, participating in recruiting drives and having social events.
Squires Circles have been established throughout the world where the order is present. More information on the Squires can be found on the Supreme Council website at www.kofc.org. Columbus Girls Circles are active throughout the state of Missouri. Please contact me if you are interested in forming a circle in either organization.