Order of the Fork
Michael S. Holmes (HolmesWCW@AOL.COM)
Sun, 30 Apr 1995 09:56:27 -0400
Sean Morrissey has started a threat about the Order of the Fork. From his
April 27 posting it seems that it is connected somehow to the OA. When I was
a Scout in the Sam Houston Area Council during the early 1950's there was an
Order of the Fork. It was a summer camp "dining hall activity." Those
inducted tended to be outspoken, highly visible, but generally good guys.
Once during each camp session members would parade around the dining hall
with their forks held high and singing this song:"
"We are, we are, we are, we are the Order of the Fork.
And each and every one of us is loyal to the rest of us.
(Repeat first sentence.)"
When the got to the victim, ah, that is inductee, they would roust him out of
his seat and march him to the front of the hall where he would be made to
drink some vile liquid concocted by the members. The ingredients varied, but
always contained something hot enough to lift your scalp off your skull.
It was a way to poke fun at know-it-alls who were still basically good guys
and certainly good Scouts. I also tended to be a way for the boys to
"recognize" their favorite leaders. I suspect that today it would be
disallowed as hazing.
Obviously my OF is not Sean's OF.
BTW, I use the masculine pronoun throughout because, at that time, there were
no women at summer camp.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City