DeMolay is a Masonic youth organization that was founded in Kansas City, MO in 1919 and is named in honor of Jaques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. DeMolay is open for membership to all young men between the ages of 12 and 21 who acknowledge a higher spiritual power. There are currently about 15,000 members worldwide. Each chapter is sponsored by a local Masonic lodge. Their members then provide adult supervisors and leadership for that particular chapter.
The organization offers a two degree system. The first one is for the initiation of new members, and the second for members who become officers. Participating in the degrees and becoming an officer allow members to develop leadership, organizational and public speaking skills. It fosters self confidence and surrounds the members with a group of supportive and like-minded people.
DeMolay teaches seven core values, which are called cardinal virtues, as the basis of good character. They are: Filial Love, Reverence for Sacred Things, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanliness and Patriotism.
Famous alumni of the organization include: Walt Disney, Mel Blanc, Bill Clinton, John Wayne, John Steinbeck, Pete Rose, Fran Tarkenton and Burl Ives.