One of the primary reasons men become Masons is to give back to the community in a meaningful way — and what better way than to get involved with youth? Masons teach youth the value of donating time, and role modeling moral, ethical behavior. A character building, service oriented sisterhood that builds a foundation for its members to develop the life skills of leadership, citizenship, public speaking, teamwork, confidence, and self-esteem.
Exploring the Social Dynamics of Freemasonry
Life is hectic. A major component of our activities revolves around supporting the Masonic youth organization DeMolay; as I have said before, T and I are both adult advisors. We had our first advisory panel meeting since I joined recently, and even though I was exhausted from work, I came to realize just how much goes into running these groups, and more than that, how often they can be overlooked by the rest of the Masonic family. I go into greater detail on each organization here , but this is the quick recap.
DeMolay International for boys
While there are several youth organizations sponsored or supported by the various Masonic organizations, three are the largest and best known. The Order of DeMolay is an organization for young men aged 12 to Young men do not need to have a Masonic relative to join the organization.
Providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our Masonic Youth is a top priority of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. This is certainly a necessary and important commitment, but what does it really mean, in terms of finance and time? These checks are extensive and include reference checks, driving records, and criminal activity checks. Each adult leader pays an annual registration fee which funds recurring random background checks on a percentage of the adult leaders and a guaranteed re-check for everyone at least once every five years. But, at the October meeting of the PMYF Board of Directors, the Board voted to cover this additional cost for the year as another means of supporting the work being done.