While there are several youth organizations sponsored or supported by the various Masonic organizations, three are the largest and best known. The Order of DeMolay is an organization for young men aged 12 to Young men do not need to have a Masonic relative to join the organization. DeMolay was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, in , and is now international in scope. Adult leadership is provided by men usually Masons known as Chapter Dads or advisors. The Order teaches the virtues of reverence, love of parents, comradeship, patriotism, courtesy, cleanness, and fidelity. The Order provides many social events and activities, which help to teach social skills and leadership.
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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.
Beginning just after World War I, interest grew in providing youth groups for the children of Freemasons. In a short period of time, the Freemasons created their own youth programs. In , Frank S. Land, a Mason, offered the local Scottish Rite temple building to a group of boys who wanted to create an after-school club in Kansas City, Missouri. The boys named their club DeMolay for Jacques de Molay, last Grand Master of the original Knights Templar, who had been imprisoned, falsely accused of heresy, tortured, and finally burned alive in DeMolay confers initiation and knighthood on boys, followed by awards of merit, such as Legion of Honor, Chevalier, Blue Honor awards, and Merit Medals. Its members hold office and conduct the ritual and business of the chapter, teaching boys leadership skills, financial responsibility, civic awareness, and public speaking.
There are many organisations and orders which form part of the widespread fraternity of Freemasonry , each having its own structure and terminology. Collectively these may be referred to as Masonic bodies , Masonic orders or appendant bodies or orders of Freemasonry. The basic unit of Freemasonry is the Masonic Lodge ,  which alone can "make" initiate a Freemason. Such lodges are controlled by a Grand Lodge with national or regional authority for all lodges within its territory. Whilst there is no degree in Freemasonry higher than that of Master Mason, there are additional degrees  that are offered only to those who are Master Masons. Most of these are supervised by their own "Grand" bodies independent from the Grand Lodge. The United Grand Lodge of England which has no direct authority over other Grand Lodges, but as the world's oldest Grand Lodge,  has a historical influence in terms of regularity and practice defines "pure, ancient Freemasonry" as consisting of the three degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, including the supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch. The degree of the Holy Royal Arch is of great antiquity, and has a special importance in many masonic systems, including those of all three of the oldest 'Constitutions' masonic authorities , namely the Grand Lodges of England, Scotland, and Ireland, in all of which it is considered by varying constitutional definitions to be the completion of the mainstream masonic structure. A number of other organisations, most of which are known as 'masonic' or have a title identifying themselves as masonic, require candidates for membership to be a Master Mason in "good standing" subscriptions paid, and not under any form of discipline. In other countries, notably England, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the countries of the Commonwealth, a large number of 'stand-alone' Orders and Degrees exist, without the umbrella organisation of a "rite".