I overheard my students talking about who they were going "to scarf" and if they had "been scarfed" the other day. Now, I realize that I'm getting to the age where I don't always know the latest slang and lingo of my students, but this was a new one even for me. So, I asked what in the world they were talking about.
RVA has a long-standing tradition of Scarfing week. All of the 11th grade girls wear scarves around their necks at the beginning of the week. During Chai time on Monday, they all did a dance together.
As soon as the dance was over, the scarfing began. Each girl attempts to put her scarf around the neck of a junior boy. The one they scarf will go to the junior class party this Saturday (tonight) tied together with that scarf. I think they even come up with a costume to wear together.
Here are the rules:
- The girl cannot scarf their boyfriend.
- The girl cannot scarf a boy she has ever dated - or ever gone to any event with.
- The boy cannot be scarfed if he is standing under a roof.
- Scarfing can only happen at chai time, lunch time, and in the afternoons/evenings after school (but not during any athletic practice or event).
- The girls get together and decide who they are going to scarf. There must be careful deliberations on such things.
-Every boy is scarfed. Some girls will scarf more than one boy so all are included.
I loved watching it.
I must say, it did get a little violent at times with groups of girls grabbing guys and trying to drag them out from under a roof so the poor boy could be scarfed. I had to tell one group to get out of my chemistry lab because it wasn't safe wrestling in a chemistry lab trying to get the boy outside to scarf him.
At first, I didn't understand why the boys didn't simply stick out their necks towards a pretty girl standing nearby and let themselves get scarfed. After being scarfed, the boy must join the girls in their scarfing dance during chai time. I think most of the boys didn't want to do that dance too often. They also needed to make the girls work for them and play a little hard to get, no? So, most of the boys tried to evade capture until Thursday or Friday. When Friday came around, most all of the boys had been scarfed.
On Tuesday, I noticed a poor boy tied to the flagpole in the courtyard. The senior boys took it upon themselves to sacrifice one junior boy to the junior girls each day. They picked one boy, teamed up on him, carried him to the flagpole, then tied him up to it. This lasted for two days until one young man hurt his arm struggling against his restraints. This short-lived tradition came to an immediate end.
Here are my suggestions for Scarf week.
I think each day in chapel, they should show a video and pay tribute to those poor souls who have been scarfed - Hunger Games style- complete with the exploding fireworks and a head shot of each junior boy with a scarf around their neck.
I think they should bring back the junior boy flagpole sacrifice. We should simply empower the senior boys with the ability to vote and tag one junior boy and they must obey and walk to their scarfing execution style. We just need to take the struggle out of it so nobody gets hurt.
So, after a few concussions, some damaged arms, and a lot of fun, Scarf week has come to an end.
Only at RVA. . .