Key Man University follows a higher education model, allowing participants to take on a major and minor course of study along with some general education courses. Key Men and Key Women are organized into Departments, each offering a set number of course hours delving into a specific subject area. Courses are one or two hours each, depending on the amount of material to be covered.
The schedule incorporates 24 one-hour class blocks. Participants take ten to twelve major courses from their assigned Department, for a total of 16 hours of class time in the chosen subject. Another eight one-hour minor courses are taken in courses that don’t fit into any of the departments, augmenting their experience in other areas. Additionally, independent study time will be available through the week. Independent study consists of either independent project work, completion of Leadership Correspondence Courses, work on the Representative DeMolay award, or memorizing the Obligation.
During minor time, the entire conference will be split into 2 groups based on the age of the attendees. These groups will then attend the eight sessions for augmented learning. But don’t worry. These are sessions that you will be excited to attend.
The Department Chairs and Academic Advisors in each Department work with the Key Men and Women to plan out a project for the week. Projects are group-oriented and designed to fit the context of the Department. Previous years’ projects included creating a newsletter, maintaining a social media account for KMU, performing the DeMolay Degree, and conducting a Masonic service event.
No DeMolay Chapter can be successful without strong leadership. Leadership is a skill that requires constant honing. This degree program offers training in key leadership styles, development of the traits of a good leader, and an interactive opportunity to hone and expand these skills. You too can bring success to your Chapter and help to inspire leadership in your brethren.
The Ritual track is designed to teach aspiring ritualists everything they need to know about our ritual work. We start from the basics: memorization techniques, floorwork, and comprehension; then move to advanced topics such as understanding the history of the ritual, and what to expect during competition. The Ritual track is the place to be for those who desire to become excellent public speakers, and who also want to help improve their Chapters’ ritual.
Carrying out a great event is more than just showing up. Advanced coordination, inviting the right people, making sure you stay within your budget, and keeping the day running smoothly are all important parts of successful event planning. Going one step further, learning to integrate events into a cohesive program or even an entire term is the focus of this major.
The DeMolay Education Department teaches everything a new member of DeMolay needs to know to get started in the organization, including Chapter structure and function, components of the DeMolay program, and ways to get the most out of membership. This Department is highly recommended for those who have been members of the organization for less than a year.
Growing a chapter from two active members to 20 is no easy task. Keeping them involved is much harder. Developing a Chapter’s culture is an important step in the process, but how do you do that? This major seeks to show real-world examples of how participants could bring a greater sense of community to their home Chapters.
Now, more than ever, successful use of media can be a key element in a Chapter’s success. Whether it’s social media like Facebook and Twitter, maintaining a Chapter web presence, or simply having a solid intra-Chapter communication plan, effectively using media and communication are valuable skills. This major covers all of the secret tricks to getting great publicity.
Many important life and leadership skills are taught through DeMolay. Interpersonal Development is a track designed to take the skills taught through DeMolay one step further, by putting them into practice in real life scenarios. With an emphasis on social skills and communication, Interpersonal Development will teach members to interact, mentor, and lead through a variety of techniques and practices that can be applied to their experiences in Chapters, schools, and everyday life.