Youth and Young People
Our Work with Young People
As part of Knights of St Columba’s commitment to the youth of our country, various activity programmes are organised at a local and national level. These are aimed at various age groups and include Family Fun Days, Encounter Weekends, Working Experience, Religious Vocation Programmes, and Competitions. Teachers, Tutors, Youth Group Leaders or Individuals wishing to participate in activities are invited to contact the Youth Organiser or one of our Regional Contacts for further information.
Christmas Nativity Scene Painting Competition
Open to all Primary School pupils, Brownie, Cubs, and After School Groups in two age categories, 5 – 7 year olds, and 8-11 year olds. Entrants are invited to paint a Nativity Scene. Schools and groups are restricted to six (6) entries in each age category. Judging is initially carried out at local, regional and finally at national level with prizes being awarded to the winning entries at each stage. The national winner and respective school/groups receives a monetary prize to help further artistic talent. Further information and detailed rules are available by contacting the
Youth Organiser .
Seminars for Young People
A 4 day seminar, on topical subjects of a secular nature, is held annually in Leeds This is designed to promote spirituality and a Christian spirit of service in participants and offer the opportunity for self-development. The 4 day residential seminar, with accommodation and meals provided, are presented by a host of specialist speakers and includes a social aspect as well as an educational experience Local Councils of the Knights of St Columba have been able to sponsor a number of young people for these Seminars over the years, and hope to continue this sponsorship as another avenue for encouraging young Catholics in their faith. Individuals interested in attending the Seminar,are invited to initially apply to the KSC Youth Organiser, who will provide further information.
National Youth Competitions
The KSC Youth Competitions are in their thirtieth year. They have grown in stature and importance, involving young people of Secondary School and Sixth Form College age, throughout England, Scotland and Wales, in Five-a-side Football, Netball, Public Speaking and a General Knowledge Quiz. Organised initially at a local level throughout the year, team’s progress through regional rounds to the National Finals, which are held at Keele University in April.