What is DeMolay?

DeMolay is an international fraternity for young men 9-21 years that teaches youth leadership development skills vitally needed today. Based on timeless principles and by providing practical, hands-on experience, we develop civic awareness and personal responsibility. Our organization combines this mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship. Notable alumni include Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, and many others. They have spoken eloquently of the life-changing benefit gained from their involvement in DeMolay.

How is DeMolay different from other organizations?

DeMolay is different from other organizations in several ways. It’s open to all kinds of guys with all kinds of interests. Each chapter has its own personality and each member has a chance to make it what he wants. Rather than focusing on any one thing, most chapters do a variety of activities. DeMolay is infinitely adaptable to the interests of the members!

Another difference is DeMolay’s emphasis on training you to be a leader. It doesn’t happen by accident. When you join, you’re on the fast track to learn youth leadership skills that will help you in school and through the rest of life.

Is DeMolay a religious organization?

One of the qualifications of membership is that you believe in God / a supreme being, so a lot of people ask if we’re a religious organization. The answer is no. DeMolay teaches that one of the steps toward becoming a successful person is developing strong faith in your beliefs and being true to them. We also teach 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.

Who runs the show?

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. Chapter elects new youth leadership every six months 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 give input, but they don’t interfere with the chapter’s decision unless it’s absolutely necessary. The overall direction and operation of the chapter is up to the members themselves.

Does it cost anything to join DeMolay?

Each 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.

What are the membership requirements?

In order to join DeMolay, you have to be at least 12 years old, be younger than 21, believe in God / a supreme being, and strive to be a good person.