Merit bars are awarded
for service in DeMolay activities, with the exception of
Scholastics and Religion. The Advisory Council makes the
final determination of whether a member has met the requirements
for each bar. Each Merit Bar is earned in five colors:
- 1st Award - White
- 2nd Award - Red
- 3rd Award - Blue
- 4th Award - Purple
- 5th Award - Gold
time a DeMolay earns the next level of a Merit Bar, he turns
the previous color of that bar in. The header and drop must
be purchased at cost from the Chapter, but the bars themselves
are awarded at no cost to the member. Merit Bars are distributed
in a special ceremony at each installation of officers.
Clicking on a Merit
Bar category below will open a new window with the requirements
to earn that bar:
(right) This award
is granted to a DeMolay who has been the first line signer
on five membership petitions.
The Blue Honor Key is awarded to an active or senior DeMolay
for being the first line signer on 10 membership petitions.
An active member who secures fewer than 10 petitions before
he reaches his majority may complete the requirements for
this award after he reaches majority. Blue Honor Keys are
also issued with a star for each multiple of 10 petitions
Representative DeMolay Award is the highest self-achievement
award a DeMolay can earn. It is a self-assessment program where
you identify goals for yourself and evaluate your progress towards
them. To qualify, a DeMolay completes a detailed survey of his
interests, achievements, general knowledge and habits.
said it was his dream that every DeMolay should be a Representative
DeMolay. The Representative DeMolay program was first established
in 1924, and for many years was a competition to select outstanding
DeMolays. In 1935, the program was redesigned to fill a growing
need for self-evaluation by every DeMolay.
A DeMolay must have
been a member for six months before submitting his Representative
DeMolay evaluation form.He must also have earned his Obligation
Card (earned by repeating the Initiatory and DeMolay Degree
obligations from memory to a Chapter advisor).
Representative DeMolay Form is now available as an Acrobat PDF
file to enable on-screen viewing and printing. To view and print
the file, you will need the free Acrobat Reader:
The ISC established the Distinguished Service Award in 1959.
In some Jurisdictions, the award is known as "DeMolay
of the Year." The purpose of the award is to recognize
one DeMolay for outstanding service to others in his home,
school, church, Chapter, community and country. In Texas,
the Executive Officer grants two DSAs per year.
MASTER COUNCILOR'S MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
A Master Councilor must exercise good program planning in order
to qualify for the PMC-MSA. Click
here to open a window with the requirements which must be
fulfilled for qualification.
ILLUSTRIOUS KNIGHT COMMANDER'S MERITORIOUS AWARD
An Illustrious Knight Commander of a Priory must have a well-thought-out
plan for his term of office. Though the award is similar to
the PMC-MSA, and the requirements for qualification are much
the same, there are significant differences in the two programs.
More information and requirements are available from the Priory
Advisor or Executive Officer.
following honor is available to Active DeMolays:
(right) The Degree
of Chevalier is the highest honor that an active DeMolay can
receive. This honor may also be granted to a Senior DeMolay.
The Degree is a citation for outstanding DeMolay service and
activity. In order to receive the honor, a DeMolay must be at
least 17 years old on January 15th of the year nominated and
have been a member for at least two years as of that date.
Degree cannot be applied for, and nominations for the Degree
are made without the knowledge of the recipient. A unanimous
vote of the International Supreme Council at its regular session
is required to elect a nominee.
made by the Advisory Council to the Executive Officer, who sets
a deadline date for submission of recommendations each year.
A nomination fee is set each year by the Grand Secretary to
cover the cost of processing and regalia. The Chevalier Ring
is available from the DeMolay and More Store.