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. By providing these checks the Masonic Youth Groups in Pennsylvania are able to continue to offer high quality programming at an affordable price — all thanks to the support of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Freemasonry teaches that King Solomon, along with the other two Grand Masters, completed the Temple at Jerusalem, thereby cementing their place in Judeo-Christian and Masonic history. We, as Free and Accepted Masons, venerate the story and legacy left to us by Solomon and his workers. However, as many Masons know, there is another character of singular importance — that of Zerubbabel. It was Zerubbabel who, according to Biblical interpretation, led the rebuilding of the Temple, keeping the dream of Solomon alive.
Exploring the Social Dynamics of Freemasonry
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. DeMolay is a youth-serving organization for young men ages with chapters in New York and around the world. Empowering youth to lead and run their own organizations under the guidance of caring adult mentors, DeMolay provides young men with valuable leadership skills in a fun and safe environment. DeMolay members do not need to be related to a member of the Masonic Fraternity. Service-based Masonic Youth Group for Girls ages 10 — Pledges can be 6 — 10 years old, and does not have to be the daughter of a Mason. Building Character, Compassion, and Confidence 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? Invite youth in for Lodge clean-ups and reward them with lunch.
DeMolay International for boys
I see, from time to time, comments on social media about Youth Groups associated with Masonic bodies or Appendant bodies; also known as gasp! Masonic Youth Groups. All these groups started in an attempt to impart brother- or sister hood in young men and women, and link them to the ideals of Freemasonry as a whole. Oftentimes, I see Masons get offended when these groups are referred to as " Masonic " youth groups. They start complaining about the fact that children especially girls are not " Masonic " in nature, and by that virtue, should not fall under the umbrella of "Masonry.
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.