DeMolay is an organization that is truly run by young men, for young men.
As a DeMolay, you will have the opportunity to shape the future of your Chapter by helping to make decisions, plan events, and run programs.
You will have hands-on experience with project management and leadership training; invaluable skills for today’s ever-growing corporate world.
When you join DeMolay, you join a membership of over three million alumni all around the world. As a DeMolay, you will make numerous friendships, brotherly bonds, and social connections. You will have the opportunity to travel, to meet people from all over the world, to apply for many scholarships exclusive to the DeMolay membership, and to create lasting connections which will be immensely helpful through your journey into the adult world.
DeMolay is different from other organizations in several ways. First, it’s open to all kinds of young men with all kinds of interests. If a local chapter decides on something, they can devote their chapter’s entire attention to that subject. If they want to focus on soccer, chess, video games, drama, mountain climbing, volunteering, or stamp collecting, that’s great too. Each local chapter has its own personality, and each member has a chance to make the chapter what he wants it to be. Rather than focusing on any one thing, most chapters partake in a variety of activities. DeMolay is infinitely adaptable to the interests of the chapter members!
Another difference is DeMolay’s emphasis on training you to be a leader. It doesn’t happen by accident. When you join DeMolay, you’re on the fast track to learn skills that will help you in school, business, and through the rest of life.
The requirements for membership are few, but each is important.
To join DeMolay, a young man must:
One of the qualifications of membership is that you believe in God / a supreme being, so a lot of people ask whether DeMolay is a religious organization. The answer is no. DeMolay teaches that one of the steps toward becoming a happy and successful person is developing strong faith in your beliefs and being true to them. But just as important, DeMolay teaches that you must have respect and toleration for the beliefs of others. DeMolay doesn’t teach a specific religion and doesn’t require that you belong to any church. Membership is open for young men from all religions.
Sure! You cannot participate in the formal Chapter meetings until you are a member, but we welcome prospects to visit with their parents and get to know about DeMolay and our Chapters. You’re also welcome to join us at our ’fun activities’ and get to know us better!
Ever since DeMolay began in 1919, all of it's members have gone through the same initiation ceremonies, including John Wayne, Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, and Dan Rather. To be a DeMolay you must go through two ceremonies, which we call ‘degrees’. The first is the Initiatory Degree where the Seven Cardinal Virtues (Precepts) of a DeMolay are explained to you by the members of the Chapter. The second degree is the DeMolay Degree where we dress up in costume and put on a short play for you to watch. The play is about the trials of Jacques DeMolay (the person DeMolay is named after), and teaches us about the bonds of friendship and loyalty we share as DeMolay members.
Sure! DeMolay has public ceremonies where anyone is invited to attend, and private ceremonies that are only open to DeMolays, the advisors, Masons, and parents/guardians. Parents/guardians of members are invited to attend all meetings and activities to gain an understanding of our practices. In fact, there isn’t a DeMolay activity that parents/guardians are not welcome to attend. Most Chapters have Parents Clubs, and many parents become advisors for their son’s Chapter.
A little bit of everything! We plan and run our own activities which include sports, social activities, community service, fund raising, trips, dances, and much more! DeMolay members learn how to conduct business meetings and how to perform the rituals, plays, and speeches that set DeMolay apart from other fraternities.
Officers for each chapter are elected from among the membership. Those officers are responsible for running the chapter meetings and coordinating the responsibilities of event planning. Every six months, the chapter elects new officers so that different guys will have the chance to lead. The decisions of the chapter are discussed at chapter meetings and voted on by all members. The adult advisors can give input, but they won’t interfere with the chapter’s decision unless it’s absolutely necessary for safety reasons. The overall direction and operation of the chapter is up to the members themselves.
Each DeMolay chapter has a life membership fee that is surprisingly affordable. This entitles you to take part in the meetings and events. Some of the chapter’s other activities are paid for by the chapter’s fund-raising activities. Other times, members must pay their own way. But don’t forget…you’re going to get a lot more out of each activity than you put in.