DeMolay is an organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21. It teaches the young men to stand for and believe in high principles. When joining DeMolay a member will be asked to take vows, which are called our obligations, that uphold the following teachings:
- To strive to be a good son
- To live a clean and moral life
- To love and serve God according to the teachings of your family’s traditions
- To be faithful to the trusts and promises committed to them
- To strive to be faithful and trustworthy, emulating the example of Jacques DeMolay
- To honor and respect all women
- To be loyal and devoted to your country
- To be loyal and supportive of all members
- To be tolerant in their opinions of others
DeMolay provides several opportunities for growth and learning. DeMolay’s are provided opportunities in the following areas:
- The ability to plan a successful program (social event, fund raiser, civic service, etc.)
- The ability to speak and perform in front of the public
- Lifelong brotherhood and friendships
- The ability to become a better overall leader
- Scholarship opportunities
- The overall concept of responsibility
- Fun moments and memories that will last a lifetime
The Order of DeMolay was founded in 1919, in the aftermath of the First World War, to assist teenage boys in the neighborhood around Kansas City, Missouri, in their efforts to become honorable men of purpose and strength in their community. However, the precepts and teachings of the Order were so universal and rang so true in the minds of all good people that it quickly grew into an international organization of renown and respect.
“I feel a great sense of obligation and gratitude toward the Order of DeMolay for the important part it played in my life. Its precepts have been invaluable in making decisions, facing dilemmas and crises. DeMolay stands for all that is good for the family and for our country. I feel privileged to have enjoyed membership in DeMolay.” –Walt Disney
DeMolay is non-denominational and values diversity and tolerance. For close to 100 years, DeMolay has taught the precepts of Love of Parents, Faith, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanness, and Patriotism. Over that time, DeMolay has guided millions of teenage boys, not only to lives as respectable men of their community, but of success and fame in a variety of chosen fields. As service is an integral part of DeMolay, many go into professions of public service such as U.S. Senators, Representatives to Congress, the military, police officers, and fire fighters. DeMolay counts among its alumni countless local and national officials throughout its long history. Athletes, entertainers, and leaders of industry are also on the roles of DeMolay. But when they were here, they were simply brothers to each other who found value in what DeMolay had to offer.
“In today’s society where there is so much violence and heartache, it’s a gratifying feeling to know there is such a fine organization as DeMolay to look up to and lean on for guidance and support. I am proud to be a member!” -FRAN TARKENTON- NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Successful Entrepreneur
Local chapters participate in a variety of activities, all of which are planned, promoted, and executed by the young men of the Order with the assistance and guidance of adults called advisors. Activities include civic service projects, athletics, dances, outdoor activities and a whole host of other events planned and executed by the members. The members are the ones doing the work. The adults are there to support and supervise. This helps to build confidence and self-reliance in the young men of the Order. These traits, when cultivated properly, can result in confident and well-rounded adults.
“It seems that today, many young Americans flock to gangs. They are starved for a surrogate family. They don’t have to be. In my generation, and in this one, there is DeMolay to funnel the energies of young Americans into building challenging, inspiring, rewarding and constructive lives for themselves. Young Americans, it’s all here in DeMolay. Come and get it!” -PAUL HARVEY- Radio Journalist