Re: Historical trivia: Trail the Eagle
Lewis P. Orans (LPORANS@I-LINK.NET)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 20:20:27 -0500
Years ago ... in the dim dark ages ... when ... oh well. Back in the Fifties
when I was at Summer Camp (private camp for a few years before I went to Scout
Camp), we had camp songs to On Wisconsin, Crack Out That Ball Illinois,
Minnesota Hats Off to Thee. The Big Ten were really big. (No TV either). And
of course Notre Dame.
I have no source and only surmise that Big Ten Football was the Big Game in
those earlier days. (I do know that many of our camp songs went back to the
20's and the 30's. I seem to know many tunes from the 90's as well. Try "Sippin
Cider" and others we still sing at Socut Camp (at least last year in the North
Woods of Minnesota).
Many youth organizations seem to have picked up college songs and adapted them,
but my favorite adaptation is the OA Song "Firm Bound in Brotherhood ..." It
is to the tune of "God Preserve the Czar" the Imperial Anthem of the Russian
Empire" before its overthrow in 1917. (The tune is also used for the Alma Mater
of St. Olaf's College in Minnesota (or was at one time)).
And yikes, as an undergraduate at Columbia in NYC, imagine my surprise on
hearing the University Alma Mater sung to the tune of that lovely Haydn String
Quartet "Kaiser" Quartet, the tune of the Austrian and German National Anthems.
Well.. Enough of that.
"Let's get in the game together ..."
Yours in Scouting
Sam Houston Area Council
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