Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation

Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation

The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to developing leadershi


In honor of Pennsylvania Rainbow Girls' Decades Weekend at Patton Campus, here's a Rainbow Girls photo from a previous decade! Masonic youth groups always enjoyed participating in Masonic Village at Elizabethtown's Autumn Day, which was where this photo was taken in 2015. We hope everyone who's attending Decades Weekend has a fantastic time. (Don't forget the Decades Dance on Saturday, Dec. 9, 7 -10 p.m., which is open to all Masonic youth group members and advisors!)

Gettysburg Squires 12/07/2023

Lift your voice to help the Gettysburg Squires collect canned goods for the SCCAP Adams Pantry during their "Caroling for Cans" event on Sunday, Dec. 17, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a potluck dinner at the Gettysburg Masonic lodge (9 Lincoln Square) before caroling on the square.
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Gettysburg Squires In the story of success... This is Chapter One

Masonic Youth Talking Points - Dec. 2023 12/06/2023

Our last Talking Points newsletter of 2023 has it all: testimonials from Masonic youth group members and scholarship recipients, dates for 2024 programming and much more! Read it for yourself at

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Photos from Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's post 12/05/2023

It was a fun and memorable Grand Master's Class weekend for Pennsylvania DeMolay officers, advisors and members, plus special guests from The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM, including R.W. Grand Master Jeffrey M. Wonderling. Revisit the weekend with some highlights below!
📸s: Brother Tim McKiernan, Tim McKiernan Photography

Grand Master’s Class - Pennsylvania DeMolay 12/01/2023

Pennsylvania DeMolays are preparing for one of the last big events of their centennial year: the Grand Master's Class, held on our campus. This membership induction class celebrates "Dad" Jeffrey M. Wonderling, R.W. Grand Master, The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM, and all he's done to support DeMolay over the years and during his term as Grand Master, particularly during this milestone anniversary year.

Grand Master’s Class - Pennsylvania DeMolay is the official website of Pennsylvania DeMolay, and acknowledges authority and yields allegiance to DeMolay International, of which Frank S. Land was Founder.


Whether you're just putting out the holiday decorations now, or you've had them up since after Halloween, get inspired by Bethel No. 16's entry in a local "Festival of Trees."

📸: Angie Pickel, Bethel Guardian, Bethel No. 16, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Job's Daughters.


Join Reading Assembly No. 33 for a Snowball Dance: Saturday, Dec. 30, 7-10 p.m., at the Rajah Shrine complex in Reading (221 Orchard Rd.). Sponsored by Rajah Shriners.


Students who've attended our LifeSkills Conference know it's cool to be kind! Acts of kindness done by attendees and facilitators during the week got a place on the "Kindness Wall" at LifeSkills 2023. Watch for 2024's conference dates in the future!


While Scouting isn't a Masonic youth program, The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM provides programming through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation to recognize Masons who are scout leaders and have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. These include the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award (named for Brother Daniel Carter Beard, Mariners Lodge No. 67 and Cornucopia Lodge No. 563, Grand Lodge of the State of New York Free & Accepted Masons, "the Father of American Scouting"), the Masonic Eagle Scout lapel pins and Eagle Scout commendation certificates. Since many of our youth and adult advisors are also involved in Scouting, it's a privilege to support their efforts and accomplishments this way.
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Dress in your favorite vintage or vintage-inspired finds and dance the night away with Pennsylvania Rainbow Girls during their December Patton Campus weekend: Sat., Dec. 9, 7 - 10:30 p.m., in the Masonic Conference Center atrium. This event is open to all Masonic youth group members and their advisors.


Want to support Masonic youth groups but don't have the time or skills to volunteer directly with your local youth organizations? Participating in fundraising initiatives, which help students build valuable life skills, is one way to show you care and ensure that these programs have the resources they need to make the biggest impact on participants. Here's some examples of what our Masonic youth are currently doing across the state....
- Easton Assembly No. 38, Pennsylvania Rainbow Girls, is fundraising with Lynch Creek Wreaths / Lynch Creek Farm Fundraising. Use their storefront link ( or enter campaign ID #301292 when shopping on the main site for 15% of your total to go back to Pennsylvania Rainbow.
- Elizabethtown Chapter, Pennsylvania DeMolay, is having a sub, pretzel sandwich and apple dumpling sale. Orders are due Monday, Nov. 20 and can be picked up at the Masonic Conference Center - Memorial Hall parking lot entrance on Thurs., Nov. 30. Contact "Mom" Amy Nace, executive assistant, Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation, to order.
- Pilgrim Chapter, Pennsylvania DeMolay, is selling their famous peanut brittle. Reach out to any chapter advisor or member to order.
- Fellowship Breakfast: Sat., Nov. 25 at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. $9/person; served by and benefits PA DeMolays and Rainbow Girls.

The Pennsylvania Freemason - Autumn, 2023 11/14/2023

Quarterly updates in "The Pennsylvania Freemason" magazine get the word out about what's happening with the youth groups and our Educational Institute programs to Pennsylvania Freemasons and their families - who, if they aren't already involved, could become potential lodge or district youth chairs, volunteers and donors. See what highlights were included in the fall 2023 issue below!

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We've enjoyed reminiscing with Pennsylvania DeMolay as they celebrate their centennial this year. What's your favorite DeMolay memory?
📸s: DeMolays at the Patton Pool dedication, Sept. 1983


The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation supports five Masonic youth groups in Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania DeMolay, Pennsylvania Rainbow Girls and Pennsylvania Job's Daughters, affiliated with The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM, and Prince Hall Grand Council Order of the Knights of Pythagoras of PA and Ruth Mitchell Tucker Girls Youth Department, affiliated with Prince Hall PA. Watch our explainer video to learn about each group and hear from current members.

Masonic Youth Talking Points - Nov. 2023 11/08/2023

There's a lot to talk about in our November issue of Masonic Youth Talking Points! Check out this issue for information on some upcoming events and fundraisers, tips for those serving as Lodge and District Youth Chairmen and more.

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Photos from Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's post 11/07/2023

The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation was a beneficiary for funds raised by members of Sons of Abiff Chapter, Pennsylvania Widows Sons, and supporters during the group's sixth annual "Covered Bridge Charity Ride for Children." Executive Director Dave Berry accepted a $7,000 check from the chapter at Bristol Lodge No. 25. Thanks for your support!
📸s: Brother Jim Ryan

Photos from Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's post 11/02/2023

Congratulations to Crusade Chapter, Scranton, Pennsylvania DeMolay, on their 100th anniversary! They celebrated at the beautiful Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, where their chapter meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
📸s: "Dad" Ed White, Allentown Chapter, Pennsylvania DeMolay


Last year, 105 students from 42 different counties in Pennsylvania applied for a scholarship opportunity through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's scholarship program. We'd love to see more students, especially those from counties which didn't have any representation last year, apply for 2024! Learn more about the scholarships for the upcoming academic year at


Celebrating the peak of spooky season with something not-so-scary: PMYF painted pumpkins!


POV: You're about to jump into the deep end of the Patton Pool! (Are you nervous?)

Youth and adults spending time on campus love our indoor pool. It's half the size of an Olympic pool, with plenty of room for both lap swimming and water games. There's even a basketball hoop!


DeMolay International is having another social media seminar for members and advisors on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. (Use to join the conversation, or visit the DeMolay International website to view recordings from previous presentations.)
Although it's catered towards DeMolays and their advisors, all our Masonic youth groups can use the tips shared to promote themselves on social media. Here are a few that stood out from the one earlier this week ...
1. Turn questions into content.
Think about the questions you had before joining, or that prospective members and/or their parents or guardians might have. Don't just answer the question, but make a conversation out of it.
2. Use trending/viral content to create "social media spinoffs" related to your youth group.
Look at what's trending or going viral, and see if there's a way you can connect it to your youth group. Utilizing popular sounds, templates, etc., can boost your standing in social media algorithms and get your content in front of more people.


"The charity closest to my heart is the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. Our Masonic youth leaders change lives ... I cannot overstate the obvious: 'Young people who go through a Masonic youth program have a distinct advantage over those who don't.'"
We were thrilled by this mention of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation and Pennsylvania's Masonic youth groups in R.W. Grand Master Jeffrey M. Wonderling's Grand Master's Message for the Fall 2023 "Pennsylvania Freemason" magazine!
📸: Grand Master Wonderling at the Pennsylvania DeMolay centennial banquet, June 2023. Photo by Tim McKiernan Photography


Pennsylvania's Masonic youth groups have all treats, no tricks, this Halloween! Here are a few sweet events happening this Halloweekend ... Add yours in the comments!
- Riverside Chapter, Pennsylvania DeMolay, and Bethel No. 1, Pennsylvania Job's Daughters, are co-hosting a Trunk or Treat in the York Masonic Center's front parking lot (400 Masonic Dr.), on Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., which will include light refreshments and prizes for best costume and vehicle decor.
- Bethel No. 19, Mechanicsburg, is also having a trunk or treat with games, crafts, food, prizes and more on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 2 p.m. in the Eureka-West Shore Lodge No. 302, F & AM parking lot.


Members of Elizabethtown Chapter, Pennsylvania DeMolay, stopped by to socialize with and entertain Masonic Village at Elizabethtown residents at their annual Fall Campfire.
📸: resident Brother Harry "Mick" McCurdy, Brownstone Lodge No. 666 Free & Accepted Masons and Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, F&AM

Photos from Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's post 10/19/2023

Autumn brings a new color palette to the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation campus. If you're visiting before the leaves fall, stop and take in the beautiful colors on the trees.


Our 2024 Scholarship Resource Guide is available now! Take a look at all the scholarship opportunities available through Pennsylvania Masonic lodges or appendant bodies, and ones specifically for active and majority or senior DeMolays, Job's Daughters, Rainbow Girls and Knights of Pythagoras.

Photos from Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's post 10/16/2023

Pennsylvania Rainbow Girls and members of their pledge groups (for ages 6-11) enjoyed a fun weekend at Patton Campus! Visit the "Pennsylvania Rainbow" Facebook group to see more moments from their time here.
📸s: Pennsylvania Rainbow


As students participate in Masonic youth groups, their adult advisors are always there to lead them. Hear from adult advisors from each of the five Masonic youth organizations that are active in Pennsylvania about their experiences volunteering with the youth.


A Pennsylvania Rainbow Girls blast from the past (circa. 1983, when the Patton Pool was dedicated). The fashions may have changed since then, but the sisterhood is still just as strong between Rainbow Girls!


We're looking for adult volunteers for our next girls' leadership camp and conference, happening July 21- 26, 2024. College students, educators and others with experience and interest in mentoring and educating girls ages 11-17 are invited to speak into the lives of our students, either for the entire week (with lodging and meals provided) or as a visiting guest speaker. Contact Educational Institute program coordinator Laura Pepper, Ph.D., at 717-889-6405 or [email protected] for more information.


Congratulations to Lincoln Chapter, Pennsylvania DeMolay, on their 100th anniversary, which they celebrated this weekend! The chapter meets on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at Verona Lodge No. 548 (322 Center Ave.)

Photos from Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's post 10/05/2023

Pennsylvania DeMolays from Westmoreland Chapter participated in The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM's recent Liberty Tree plantings at Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Farmington and Historic Hanna's Town in Greensburg. The tree plantings are the result of a partnership between the Grand Lodge and America250PA, with one tree in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties by the end of the project.
📸: Brother Tim McKiernan, Photographer, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

Masonic Youth Talking Points - Oct. 2023 10/02/2023

The October edition of our "Masonic Youth Talking Points" is out now! Save the dates for some upcoming events for this fall, featured in the newsletter.

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The Masonic Lite Podcast had Brother Matt Rancosky, WM, Good Samaritan Lodge No. 336 Free & Accepted Masons (right, with Pennsylvania DeMolay State Master Councilor Gary Weyandt, III, at the 2023 DeMolay KeyMan Conference) on to share about his upcoming "Walk My State" fundraiser, which is raising money for our Masonic youth groups, and starts this Saturday, Sept. 30. Listen to the episode, starting at the 38-minute mark, to learn more about the inspiration and goals for the project.


Members of Bethel No. 16, Pennsylvania Job's Daughters (with their Jurisdictional Honored Queen and Miss Job's Daughters), performed the flag-folding ceremony at Orrstown Lodge No. 262's September stated meeting, in conjunction with the 21st anniversary of 9/11 earlier that week.
📸: Orrstown Lodge No 262


Thanks to members of Pilgrim Chapter, Pennsylvania DeMolay, for lending their time to do a little landscaping work around the Zembo Shrine building! Pilgrim Chapter meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Scottish Rite cathedral in Harrisburg.
📸: Zembo Shrine


Looking to get involved with a Masonic youth group as a member or volunteer? See what groups are active near you with our new "Pennsylvania youth groups" map on our website homepage.


The William A. Carpenter Chapel on the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation's campus was dedicated 38 years ago today! We're still grateful to the youth group chapters, Masonic lodges and individual donors whose combined contributions led to this beautiful space.

Masonic Youth Talking Points - Sept. 2023 09/13/2023

Our "Masonic Youth Talking Points" newsletter provides monthly updates on things happening through the Foundation and with the youth groups that District Deputy Grand Masters, lodge and district youth chairmen and youth group leaders can use to keep their lodges, districts and communities informed. Read the September Talking Points below!

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