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What is DeMolay for Young Men

                 

DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.

DeMolay alumni include Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton, legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, news anchor David Goodnow and many others. Each has spoken eloquently of the life-changing benefit gained from their involvement in DeMolay.
 

 

A DeMolay Humbly and Sincerely Vows…

  • To be a better son;
  • To Love and serve God, his country, and his fellow man;
  • To honor and protect every woman;
  • To slander no one;
  • To aid and uphold the public schools;
  • To walk upright before God and Mankind.
These are the Vows of a DeMolay
 

What is the Order of DeMolay?

The Order of DeMolay is a character building, leadership developing fraternal organization which offers to each qualified young man from twelve through twenty one years of age inclusive:

  1. a wholesome occupation of his spare time,
  2. friendships with like-minded young men from around the world,
  3. a safe and healthy environment,
  4. an interesting and well rounded program of youth development.

How does DeMolay Operate?

There are chapters of the Order located in various cities in the United States and countries throughout the world. Each chapter is supervised by a “group” of certified adult workers known as advisors. The Order is governed by the International Supreme Council whose administrative offices are located in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Order was founded by Frank S. Land in 1919.

“As a (young) man thinketh, so is he.”

 

Is DeMolay a religious organization?

DeMolay does not recognize or advocate any particular religious creed but teaches only a belief in the one living and true God. Reverence is one of the Order’s Seven Cardinal Virtues. DeMolay is also not a Greek letter fraternity and should not be confused with either high school or college fraternities. The Order has its secret signs, words, and modes of recognition but has no secrets from the world as far as its central purposes are concerned.

“Happy is the (young) man whose habits are his friends”
- Shakespeare

 

What type of induction ceremony is used in DeMolay?

The induction or initiation of a new member consists of the conferring of two very impressive degrees, the Initiatory Degree and the DeMolay Degree. The Initiatory Degree is based on the explanation of the Seven Cardinal Virtues of the Order. They are: Love of Parents, Reverence, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanliness and Patriotism. The DeMolay Degree is a dramatic, historical account of the final days of Jacques DeMolay. The hero and martyr whose name we have taken and teaches the lessons of fidelity and comradeship.

Our one chance of real world improvement is with the growing generation.

 

What would my son gain from membership in DeMolay?

 
A young man needs the highest type of associates more at the time he is of DeMolay age than in any other period of his life. Such a youth is energetic and active and his efforts must be directed in channels where he will occupy his spare time to the best advantage. A young man close to maturity needs a well designed program of youth development in which he will be genuinely interested and will progress. All of these benefits and many more will be found in DeMolay.

“No man ever drifted into real success”

 

How may my son become a member of the Order of DeMolay?

An application for membership can be obtained from your local chapter or downloaded from https://demolay.org/resources/forms/
                 
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