Building Character, Compassion, and Confidence
RW CARY COHN, CHAIRMAN
Welcome to the Masons Youth Committee. 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. As a Mason you’ll be shaping the character of tomorrow’s leaders.
An overview of the Committee, its goal and its current membership is available from the following documents:
Our Youth Committee is dedicated to recognizing the efforts of today’s outstanding young men and women – as well as the Masons who serve them. There are a variety of statewide programs and awards: Frank M. Totton Essay Contest; Masonic Girl Scout Award; Masonic Eagle Scout Award; Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award; General Douglas MacArthur Service to Youth Award; Grand Lodge Service to Youth Award.
FRANK M. TOTTON ESSAY CONTEST
The Endowment Fund of the Fifth Manhattan Masonic District sponsors this contest which is administered by this GL Committee. The topic changes yearly. The contest is open to any High School senior who is the child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or the member of their extended family, of any NY Mason, living or deceased, who is now or in the case of a deceased Brother was a member in good standing at the time of his death. The essay must be between 200 and 350 words, with no name appearing on the essay page itself. Essays must be accompanied by the appropriate form, indicating the Lodge seal and the secretary’s signature by a due postmark date which changes yearly. First prize is $1500.00 with nine other cash prizes available.
GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR YOUTH AWARD
This award is presented to non-Masons, men, women or organizations, for their “exemplary and voluntary” community service to youth. This award promotes our interest in the youth of our communities.
DANIEL CARTER BEARD MASONIC SCOUTER AWARD
The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is a national recognition approved by the Boy Scouts of America and promoted by the Grand Lodges of Masons in the United States. It may be presented to any Master Mason who has made significant contributions to youth through Scouting. The purpose of the award is to recognize the recipient’s outstanding service to youth through the Boy Scouts of America. This award is presented to a member of the Masonic Fraternity who: Is currently a registered Scouter and has displayed outstanding dedication to the Scouting program. Work accomplishment and dedication, rather than a specific number of years in Scouting, should be the criteria for this award.
The award consists of a certificate endorsed by the Grand Master of New York and a Boy Scouts of America –approved Masonic neck medallion and knot patch to be worn with a Scout uniform.
The Grand Lodges of Masons in the United States invite their members to recommend a contemporary for the award. In the petition for this recognition, the nominator must submit the candidate’s full name, mailing address and an attached page(s) explaining the candidate’s qualification for the award. The petition is then reviewed by the Master of the candidate’s Lodge, and if found to be qualified, the petition is authorized and forwarded to the Lodge’s District Deputy Grand Master. The District Deputy then submits the petition to the local Boy Scout Council for approval and verification that the candidate is registered in Scouting. Once approved and verified by the local Boy Scout Council, the District Deputy will forward the petition to – Cary Cohn, 3604 Anita Lane, Wantagh, NY 11793.
The cost of the award kit is $35.00, which is borne by the candidate’s Lodge. Checks should be made payable to the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Pennsylvania and submitted with petition by the District Deputy to Cary Cohn who will then forward all petitions, attached information and checks to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, for the recognition kit that will be sent to Cary Cohn who will then forward it on, after having the New York Grand Master sign the certificate, along with the seal of the Grand Lodge of New York affixed. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will forward the information on awardees to the Boy Scouts of America, Relationships Division, Irving, TX. Please allow 6-8 weeks in your planning for any public event.
MASONIC GIRL SCOUT AWARD
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. The Masonic Girl Scout Award recognizes this achievement.
MASONIC EAGLE SCOUT AWARD
This distinctive and prized award is bestowed upon Eagle Scouts in recognition of their dedication to Scouting pursuits and achievement. The recipient receives the bronze citizenship medal approved by the BSA National Council, a commendation from Grand Lodge and a letter from the Grand Master. The award was created through the influence of the Honorable Judge, MWCharles W. Froessel, Grand Master, 1944-46, who was an avid Scouter all his life.
We also have many suggested activities for youth in your local communities, including:
- Annual “Father and Son” or Family Dinner
- Invite DeMolay, Constellation, Rainbow, and The Organization of Triangles to conduct Family Night programs
- Take kids to a Shrine Circus
- Host an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween party, or Holiday Party for underprivileged children
- Hold a school talent show in your Lodge hall
- Organize a Bicycle Rodeo
- Coach a sports team, and have your Lodge or District underwrite the team’s uniforms and equipment
- “Keep Kids Safe Day,” Child ID and car seat training
- Conduct essay contests in local schools
- Permit youth to use your Lodge rooms for meetings – Scouts, DeMolay, etc.
- Invite youth in for Lodge clean-ups and reward them with lunch
ACTIVITIES WITH MASONIC YOUTH
- Visit children’s hospitals, VA hospitals, or shut-ins
- Involve in reading programs for the elderly or the blind
- Adopt a highway
- Help a day care center
- Provide holiday gifts for needy children
- Organize collection drives for clothes, coats, books, eyeglasses, etc.
- Volunteer at soup kitchens
- Develop recreation or environmental projects
- Support Meals on Wheels or similar groups (with time and money)
- Support Masonic Youth Organizations through the Masonic Brotherhood Fund
- Donate money or materials to youth summer camps and day care centers
- Provide assistance to local Scout troops; basketball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse leagues; or 4-H clubs
- Create high school and college scholarships
- Donate funds to the homeless, especially families with children
- Sponsor a child at Camp Turk
- Sponsor a high school “drug-free” graduation party
- Challenger donations for Little League
- Work with youth to raise funds for local chapters of the Red Cross, March of Dimes, Cancer Societies, Cerebral Palsy, Salvation Army, hospitals, ambulance corps, Ronald McDonald Houses, etc. Also consider financing the signage for Drug-Free zones, defibrillators for ambulance corps, and bulletproof vests for local police forces.
- Host potluck dinners, spaghetti suppers, or pancake breakfasts
- Solicit donations of equipment for local schools, hospitals, handicapped children, etc.
- Sponsor a Sports Night, and send donations to the Police Athletic League