MONTGOMERY LODGE – On the 16th of March, Montgomery Lodge of Milford, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, hosted a MyCHIP Event at the 24th Annual Family Fun and Disabilities Awareness Fair held at the Milford High School Cafeteria. This year they were joined by members of Scouts BSA Troop 314, who helped with the process for the first time. MyCHIP, or the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program, provides parents with an emergency package for their child, including a video interview, fingerprints, tooth impressions, and a DNA cheek swab. Paul Callahan, Scoutmaster of Troop 314 stated “the Scouts of Troop 314 superbly demonstrated how a Scout is Helpful and Kind, as they helped guide Children through the process.” Connor J McNamara, Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 314, stated “This weekends event was a great opportunity where we were able to help families who might need to identify their children in order to find them.” The fair is orchestrated by a partnership between the MA Department of Developmental Services, Kennedy-Donovan Family Support Center, Milford Commission on Disability and Milford Family & Community Network.
The MyCHIP Program started in 1988, and since then has been used to identify over 300,000 children. It is estimated that more than 1 million children are lost each year, and the MyCHIP program is in place to help with the recovery of those children. The program is funded by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, with the work performed by individual Lodges. Usually a volunteer dental crew performs the tooth impressions. All of the data collected is handed back to the parents to keep in a safe place, just in case they are faced with a parent’s biggest fear.
For more information about the MyCHIP program, or to find an event near you, visit www.mychip.org.
Milford Troop 314 was founded on the 1st of March 2014 by Paul Callahan and Jim LaPrad, in what is now the Mayflower Council for Scouts BSA. They meet every Wednesday at Montgomery Lodge, 155 Main St. Milford, at 7 PM.
Montgomery Lodge is one of the country’s oldest Masonic Lodges, chartered by Most Worshipful Paul Revere in 1797, with a prestigious membership including local names of Thayer, Eastman, Claflin, Draper, and Stacey. For more information, please visit www.montgomerylodge.org.