To encourage religious development, DeMolay has a merit bar (similar to merit badges earned in Boy Scouts) that is awarded for not missing regular weekly religious services for one full year. What begins as a quest for a merit bar, often translates into regular attendance at a place of worship.
Through its emphasis on personal religious development, DeMolay reinforces high moral standards. Young men eventually grow up to become adults, who then become husbands and fathers. The second jewel in the Crown of Youth reminds us of the necessary religious foundation for these future responsibilities.