Knights of Pythagoras

The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras is an organization composed of youths ranging from seven to twenty years (may vary in some states) of age inclusive, working under the sponsorship and personal supervision of Prince Hall Masons, to provide beneficial use of their spare time, worthwhile companions, wholesome, educational environment, and a program aiming to interest and aid youths, in their all-round development.
The order, originally the Chivalric Order of Knight Companions, was commenced by Masons representing The Grand Jurisdiction of Kansas and Colorado, in a conference held in November 1938. It was adopted for universal use in the Grand Jurisdiction of Prince Hall Masons dispersed throughout the United States under the name "The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras," at the National Conference of Grand Masters of Prince Hall Masons, held in 1951.
It is not necessary for a boy to be a son or a relative of a Mason to be eligible for membership but youths, who have passed their ninth birthday and who are of good character may petition a Council of the Knights of Pythagoras for membership. It should be borne in mind that this organization is not a Junior Masonic Order but is merely under Masonic Supervision.
Special Ceremonial Days are fixed and their observance is made obligatory on all members of the Order. They are Devotional Day, Sunday in June; Patriot's Day, July 4th; Parents' Day, Sunday in November.
Such social activities are conducted by the Councils as are advisable under local conditions. All of these affairs are given under the supervision of the Adult advisor and the members of the Board of Regents of the Council. Athletic contests and tournaments are conducted by councils.

In jurisdictions having three or more councils, annual state conclaves are held with attendant oratorical contests, exemplification of the Rite of Investure, competitive drills, etc., and other interesting features.
From their first entrance into a council of the Knights of Pythagoras, as a candidate of initiation, the Youths are presented impressive lessons, free from hilarity and horseplay. The investiture is built around the nine Cardinal virtues of the Order: Adoration and Reverence for God, Love of Parents, Righteous Thinking, Purity, Patriotism, Toleration, Courtesy, Friendship and Constancy.
The order embraces no particular creed but teaches faith in the one living and true God.
While the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras has its ritual with its secret signs, words, etc., it has no secrets to withhold from the world regarding its aims in making its members better sons and better youths than they have ever been before.
The order is active in several states in the U.S. and in the Bahama’s, Caribbean, Philippines, Korea and Germany.

Investiture Ritual