Briar Scholar Society
The Briar & Scholar Society is a society for men, especially young men to engage in intellectual conversations in a comfortable and common atmosphere. Secondarily, it is to improve and maintain him physically and culturally. BSS means “The Brotherhood of the Briar & Scholar Society”, but is commonly referred to simply as “The Briar and Scholar Society”, with briar meaning the type of wood commonly used in tobacco pipes.
The basic task of the BSS is to make an atmosphere in which its members can foster the practice of virtue. Not only will it consist of an intellectual and social circle, it will be also one of friendship and camaraderie. It aims to help build an habitual pattern in the life of the member in whatever situation he may be in, and to reinforce those good habits by reminding him that he is in a brotherhood. The BSS also host a number of events that benefit its members and their community.
Our Mission and Philosophy
Our mission is to help provide our members with an environment to practice virtue and further their understanding and reasoning process so as to better contemplate the things of God, to be men of honor and dignity, and to become better citizens.
The basic task of the B.S.S is to create an atmosphere in which these men can foster these good patterns. Not only will it consist of an intellectual circle, it will also be one of friendship and camaraderie. It aims to help build an habitual pattern in the life of that man in whatever situation he may be in, and to reinforce those good habits by reminding him that he is in a brotherhood.
That is why there is a code of conduct to be followed, and this code of conduct can be summed up in one principle: Fraternal Charity. Truth shall be its motivator, and honor and virtue shall be its foundation. By these basic principles do the B.S.S. aim to accomplish its end: the restoration of the mind, heart, and soul of man.
The perks of being a member include (but are not limited to) being part of a fraternity, meaning that one has friends of a similar mind one can rely on in time of need. Also, one can have a mentor or be a mentor to fellow members. In addition, one has access to events and outings that normally are difficult to find without being already part of a group (i.e. sports, hikes, and team building exercises).
The requirements of being a member are being eighteen years of age, a desire for answers and to better oneself, to be responsible and reliable, have a recommendation from a Council Member or the Public Relations Officer, have an informal meeting with the Grand Councilor, attend at least two official meetings, and have approval of the Grand Councilor after he has met with the Council.
The BSS has ceremonies for member initiation and for members being promoted to offices. BSS ceremonies are centered on pledges and oaths and they are there as an illustrative means to remind us of the importance of the members’ commitment.