MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program) has identified more than 275,000 children since its inception in 1988, and it continues to assist families today. The program provides tools to help law enforcement authorities find and identify a lost or missing child. The Masons of Massachusetts, partnering with the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association and the Massachusetts Dental Association, donate MYCHIP resources to make this service available to the public.  None of the information is copied and all the identifying materials are given to the child’s family.

To learn more about the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program, visit

The Free Program Materials

VIDEOTAPE: A brief videotaped interview that can be quickly distributed to the media in order to reach a huge audience.

FINGERPRINTING: Fingerprinting is a well-known means of identification. Resourceful parents keep fingerprints available should the need arise.

TOOTHPRINTS: A tooth print bite impression is quick and easy. Teeth, like fingerprints are unique. A dental imprint gives both accurate and important information for identification purposes.

CHEEK SWAB: A Q-tip is gently rubbed on the inside of a child’s cheek to gather DNA material.

Have a MYCHIP Event in your Community

If you would like a local Masonic lodge to organize a MYCHIP event in your community, please visit or email your request to  MYCHIP can be held at schools, public events, or for your private group – anywhere a large group of children will be present.

When contacting us, please provide your name, contact information, and the city or town where you would like the event to be held.

MYCHIP Resources

Click here to download the MYCHIP Handbook.

Lodges that would like to run a MYCHIP event should contact their Area Chairman at least 60 days in advance to include your event on the schedule and guarantee the equipment is available:

If you wish to have a Shrine clown at your MYCHIP event, you must write a letter requesting one 60 days in advance. Your letter should be addressed to:
Shriners Auditorium
PO Box 1008
Wilmington, MA 01887-0578