Scout Honor Societies
Fraternity of Mound Builders - When Frank Reed Horton started to work on creating Alpha Phi Omega (Scouting's National College Fraternity) in the fall of 1925 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania he discovered there was already an organization of former scouts on campus: the "Fraternity of Mound Builders", which was begun by his friend Everett Probst. The group was officially recognized by the college, and had a constitution, by-laws, rituals, membership pins, and other fraternal pre-requisites of the College. However, the group had earned a bit of notoriety on campus, and was refered to as "The Pilers". Frank was able to convince the members of the group of the value of his ideas for APO, and the group was abandoned. Most of the members then became charter members of APO, including Probst and Ellsworth Dobson. Mound Builders was formed by Probst, who graduated from Lafayette in 1926 and Mound Builders is briefly mentioned in the 1922 National Report. The Mound Builders Pin (as well as the APO Pin) was designed by Everett Probst. The Mound Builders Pin had the letters F.M.B. (Fraternity of Mound Builders) on it with three stars which represented the three points of the Scout Oath as well as a blue background symbolizing loyalty and friendship. -Information supplied by Michael Brown.





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