Caps—Their Significance


As the White Lambskin is the Badge of a Mason, so is the regulation cap the badge of a Scottish Rite Mason.            


A purple cap indicates that the wearer is a 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General and active Member of the Supreme Council.


A White Cap with a scarlet band indicates that the wearer is a Deputy of the Supreme Council and an active member of the Supreme Council.           


A White Cap with a Royal Blue band indicates that the wearer has received the highest honor of the Grand Cross of the Court of Honor.


A White Cap indicates a 33° Inspector General Honorary.        


A red cap means 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH).


A light blue cap means that the wearer has been a Scottish Rite Mason for fifty years or more.


A black cap indicates that the wearer has attained the 32nd degree.

The Supreme Council has set forth a rule for the correct wearing of the cap. When wearing the cap it shall be considered to be a part of the apparel of the wearer and shall not be removed.  At the presentation of the flag, the cap shall remain in place, and the members shall stand at attention with the right hand over the heart.

During prayer the cap shall remain in place and the hands and arms shall be crossed as in the 18th Degree.

The wearing of caps is considered proper at Reunions, regularly scheduled meetings, Maundy Thursday services, Easter celebrations, and other official Scottish Rite functions.


I. I. T. B. Medallion Club

This is an organization composed of the generally unseen backstage workers who give generously of their time and talents that the presentation of degrees will be most meaningful to the candidates. Members are selected after an appropriate apprenticeship and are awarded the distinctive medal, which is worn suspended from a ribbon during the Reunion. The color of the ribbon denotes the length of service; white, up to five years; green, after five years; red, after ten years; blue, after fifteen years; gold, after twenty years.