Benevolence and Fraternity

The GUOKGH is a "closed" order which is to say that it's business and ritual is not disclosed to anyone outside of its ranks.  Most "Camps" meet weekly although some, subject to local arrangements meet 2-weekly, monthly or quarterly to provide a forum for discussion and fraternal support and "harmony".    Each camp has its own flavour, based around a standard framework, and this is what makes the KGH unique within other fraternal Orders.  

It is harmony that makes the KGH special, and which attracts comrades from all walks of life to join our ranks. We enjoy ceremonial rituals though we are perhaps less formal than some of our brother orders. Some camps still enjoy the harmony of an organist although this skill is becoming less common. Vocal harmony, monologues, lectures, quizzes, and even karaoke are all enjoyed as forms of harmony these days. Others may choose a different style for their encampment meetings.

Camps meet at a range of venues. Our Headquarters is located at the KGH Club in Spennymoor, Co. Durham. Pubs, social clubs and masonic halls also host our camp meetings. Traditionally, camps meet on an evening once a week however in response to the demands of modern life some meet less frequently. Luncheons and other social gatherings are also ways for camps to enjoy their own style of KGH.

Charity and benevolence are fundamental to the ethos of the KGH. Camps sponsor local and national charitable causes as well as granting aid to those in need.

Camps publish an annual calendar of events and ceremonials to which Grand Camp Officers and comrades from the other camps are invited to attend.  Visiting other camps has been a long held and continuing tradition of the KGH.
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