If you have the time, please take part (usually two or three evenings per month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at least one evening per month for meetings from then onwards—often more if you get involved in lodge activities.)
Freemasonry is a social organization based on a shared set of beliefs and practices. A Freemason's life is centered around his Lodge; he lives by its rules and helps to maintain it as well as possible. He may have many other interests but none are more important than those related to his Lodge. A Freemason meets with his brethren twice a month for dinner and a lecture/demonstration/performance. The program varies but usually includes an inspirational speech by a master mason, followed by a brief report about current Masonic projects and opportunities, a demonstration of some skill by a younger mason, and finally a question-and-answer session.
Freemasonry is now organized worldwide with over one million members in almost every country in the world. There are even several thousand living Freemasons in Antarctica!
Although there is no official age limit for becoming a Freemason, most lodges require their new members to be between 18 and 25 years old. Those who have served as officers in their local church or other organizations can be granted honorary membership. All others must become actual masons before being accepted into the fraternity.
Meetings are usually conducted once a week, every other week, or once a month at schools, churches, or other public facilities. Some units assemble after school, while others meet after work or on weekends. Meetings usually take between 1-2 hours.
For information about the history of the Girl Scout organization, see our history page.
Currently, there are over 2 million girls and women participating in Girl Scouting around the world. It is estimated that there will be more than 3 million girls and women participating this year in the United States alone. The number of troops (groups of girls aged 5-17) has been declining for several years, but it is still higher than it was before World War I.
In addition to helping girls learn self-reliance and make friends, Girl Scouts offer many other benefits. Girls who participate in Girl Scouts as adults have better job prospects than those who haven't. The organization also provides an opportunity for young women to get involved in their communities through volunteering.
The number of meetings per week varies depending on where you live. If you live in an area with many options, such as a large city, you might be able to choose which days and times work best for your schedule.
These sessions are usually two hours long and feature both business and instructional content. Before or after the meeting, there is usually a social hour, which may include dinner.
Freemasonry has three main rites: admission, progression, and installation. A new mason cannot become a Freemason until he is presented with the Masonic handshake. Once a mason has been admitted into the fraternity, he can then proceed to take other men up for initiation.
A Freemason does not have to be a veteran to receive recognition for past services. New masons will be invited to attend an introductory session called a "lodge room." Here they will learn the basic principles of Freemasonry and be given an opportunity to ask questions about the fraternity.
Freemasonry has four divisions: Entered Apprentices, Journeymen, Master Masons, and Grand Masters. An apprentice becomes a Freemason by being given the Masonic handshake and then proceeding to the next level in the organization. There are several grades below that of Apprentice Mason, including Fellow Craft and Master Builder.
A Freemason can advance in rank by performing work related to his profession as a builder. For example, a carpenter who is also a Freemason can be awarded a higher degree for constructing fine furniture.
How often should a small group get together? A small group should meet once every other week at the absolute least. It's best if you can meet once a week. The more time you spend together, the stronger your friendships, genuineness, trust, and support for one another will become.
Sometimes it can be difficult to fit small group meetings into busy lives, but they are an important part of staying connected with others and building up the church as a whole. It doesn't matter how long or short a small group meeting is; just have it regularly so people know they are expected to attend.
Some small groups may only meet for meals once a month, which is okay as long as everyone involved knows what time these meetings will take place and why they are important. For example, someone who lives far away from home can't expect to receive regular visits from family members unless they meet for dinners once a month. These people need to develop strong relationships with their peers so that they don't feel abandoned when there are no relatives around to help them out.
Small group meetings can be held in person, by phone, or online. Some groups choose to meet face-to-face some weeks and online some others. This allows people in different parts of the country or world to participate. Face-to-face meetings are usually longer than online ones because you can talk back and forth between participants.