Tonight I am going to induct my five Webelos II’s into the Order of the Fork. I have been trying to restart this tradition in our pack for four years, but keep forgetting at each campout. So tonight over pizza they will be “forked in” and become members. At the Blue & Gold at the end of the month, they will fork in one new member each and I will fork in one of the leaders. Then it will be up to them to carry on the tradition in the pack.
What is the Order of the Fork? It is “a society so secret, even it’s own members don’t know it’s purpose!” Seriously though, it’s more of a tongue in cheek / goofy thing, at least the version I remember. I know that the Order of the Fork exists in Scout camps and non-Scout camps alike all over, and in some it sounds as if there was some hazing or some sort of ritual embarassment going on to it’s new members. That isn’t the case in our OotF, anyway.
For the pack, I envision it as more of an honor society for the pack. Scouts who are very active within the pack or who are model campers or whatever will get forked in at a meal, whether it is at our Blue & Gold or some other camp out or event. Then they in turn will become members.
They make a spoof square knot patch, and a spoof lodge flap for it. I ordered the square knot patches for my boys. We also have a segment patch program that we are implementing where each time a Scout camps with us he has the opportunity to purchase a segment patch. When all together, the segments will encircle a 3″ round patch (the size of the custom camp patches we order each year for our summer campout). The segments are:
- Tiger Cub
- Cub Scout
- Webelos Scout
- Boy Scout
- Order of the Fork
That’s our preview artwork of the 2010 summer campout patch along with the segments patches. They look even better in real life!
We have about 400 total segments patches at my house right now. If a person camps with us while a registered Scout or Leader they are eligible to buy ($1 each) the segment they have earned. Right now there is only one person I know of who is eligible to purchase all of the segments due to their history as a Cub Scout with Pack 19, Boy Scout with Troop 18, and now as a leader with Pack 19.
Hopefully after my boys are gone into Boy Scouts the tradition will continue into the future with the pack for years to come.