Frequently Asked Questions
What is DeMolay?
DeMolay is a
community-based international organization for young men ages
12-21 which emphasizes leadership skills and character-building
within a program of social, sports, and community service
What is the history of DeMolay?
DeMolay was founded in 1919 in Kansas City, Missouri by Frank S.
Land. Since its inception, DeMolay has spread to 14 countries
and there are currently 650 chapters in North America.
What is the purpose of
The DeMolay program is based on timeless principles and
practical, "hands on" experience. Members develop civic
awareness through community service projects, personal
responsibility by planning and executing their own activities,
and gain self-confidence through leadership and public speaking.
What activities are offered in the DeMolay program?
Community service projects, sports, social functions and
fundraising events. Rather than focusing on any one type of
activity, DeMolay members are encouraged to test their interests
in a varied program of events.
Who can become a member of DeMolay?
DeMolay is open to any young man between the ages of 12 and 21
who professes a belief in a Supreme Being and strives to be of
Is DeMolay a religious organization?
No. DeMolay teaches that one of the steps toward becoming a
happy and successful person is developing a strong faith and
being true to it. Just as important, DeMolay teaches respect and
toleration for the beliefs of others. DeMolay does not teach a
specific religion and does not require and does not require
belonging to a church. Membership is open for young men from all
Thousands of DeMolays have assumed leadership roles in
business, politics, military service, sport and the arts and
entertainment industries. DeMolay Alumni include Walt Disney,
Walter Cronkite (a Texas DeMolay), John Wayne, Tom
Osborne, Mel Carnahan, John Steinbeck, Buddy Ebsen, Colonel
Frank Borman, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Mathias, Fran Tarkenton and
Paul Harvey just to name a few.
What are the benefits of membership?
The main benefit of membership in DeMolay is growing up
engaged. Studies show that people who are active in the
community in their youth grow up to become involved and
community-oriented adults. Members of DeMolay learn personal
responsibility, management skills, public speaking skills, and
civic responsibility, makeing them better employees, stronger
leaders, and more responsible citizens.
How much does it cost to join?
The fee of $100.00 is a lifetime membership fee. There are no
yearly dues or fees. However, there are costs associated with
attending particular events.
How do I apply?
You must complete an Application (Petition) for Membership.
Then return it to the Chapter at the mailing address shown
below. Download the Application for Membership (PDF format).
Include a check for $100 made payable to Texas Hill Country DeMolay to cover
the Lifetime Membership Fee. Each new member of Texas Hill
will receive a copy of the DeMolay Leader's Resource Guide, a
DeMolay pin, a copy of the book containing the Ceremonies of the
organization and a membership card.
What should I expect at my Initiation?
The initiation ceremony will be a memorable evening for you
and your family. Unlike other fraternities you may hear about,
there is no horseplay or "hazing" involved in a DeMolay
Can my parents attend the Initiation?
Yes, indeed. Both of your parents and any other adult family
members are most welcome to attend your Initiation. In addition,
any relatives or family friends who may have a Masonic
background are welcome to attend.
Is DeMolay a secret organization?
DeMolay does have its particular signs and words which are
not supposed to be shared with anyone who is not a DeMolay. Our
organization, however, is far from secret, and we have many
Does my father have to be a Master Mason?
No, not at all. Many of our members have no Masons in their
families and DeMolay is in no way considered a "Junior Masons"
organization. We require no Masonic connection for membership in
Will DeMolay conflict with my school and church activities?
DeMolays are encouraged to place education and family before
attendance at our meetings. Our teachings and activities will in
no way conflict with those of your church and school. There are
no required activities associated with your membership in
What are prohibited
TEXAS DeMOLAY enforces a ZERO TOLERANCE
policy, with regards to the use of alcohol, illegal drugs,
weapons, or hazing of any kind at any DeMolay function.
This policy applies to Active DeMolays, Senior DeMolays,
Advisors, and Adult Volunteers. Violations of risk
management, youth protection, or any prohibited substance
policies can and will probably result in suspension or expulsion
from DeMolay and possibly arrest.
Where can I find more information?
This web site has information about the Order of DeMolay and
Texas Hill Country Chapter in particular. Also see the
International website or the Texas DeMolay website at