What is the Columbian Squires?
The Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, is a leadership development program for young Catholic men, ages 10-18 years old. There are approximately 25,000 Catholic young men in more than 1,500 local units, called circles, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Guam.
The Squires is designed to develop young men as leaders who understand their Catholic religion, who have a strong commitment to the Church and who are ready, willing and capable of patterning their lives after the Youth Christ.
A Squires circle must be sponsored by a council or assembly, but is run by and for young men, under the guidance of several Knights, who serve as counselors. Squires are to be leaders, thus, to the degree they are able, they are given the opportunity to lead by running their own meetings, investing their own members, setting their circle's agenda and implementing their program of activities.
The Columbian Squires program strives to provide the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities.
Local Knights of Columbus councils and fourth degree assemblies sponsor Squire circles, which may be based either in a council or assembly hall, in a parish building, a private, public or military school, or on a military installation. The Squires involves young men in programs to benefit the Church and the community, as well as in recreational and social activities.
What do we do?
We have fun. We meet new friends; we travel, we play sports and socialize. We are also serious-minded.
Squires are involved in promoting vocations, marching for life, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, supporting Special Olympics and promoting Catholic education, among countless other activities.
Thus, a Squires circle is an athletic team, a youth group, a social club, a cultural and civic improvement association, a management training course, a civil rights organization and a spiritual development program all rolled into one.