The West Bend Masonic Lodge has a local chapter of the Order of Demolay. This chapter is open to KIDS and young adults ages 12 to 21.
The DeMoray chapter states the purpose of the club - "build confidence, teaches responsibility, encourages cooperation and community service, and fosters trust, respect, fellowship, patriotism, reverence and sharing throughout the organization."
(Sorry, I know it's small. The 5th line reads "I promised to aid and uphold the public schools.")
This sounds great, but I'm wondering about the "pledge" that the kids have to take in order to become a DeMoray club lifetime member. The one in which they covenant to "AID and UPHOLD" the PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
I find this an oddity. Why would the Masons put a plug into children's minds that "aiding" and "upholding" a governmental institution should be their lifetime goal? One's first inclination would consider the untoward advancement of a political agenda to indoctrinate as the answer. Of course, it could simply be what the purpose stated above reinforces, that being "ENCOURAGING COOPERATION."
But you don't have to take MY word for it.