There are traditional school clubs — like chess club, German club, or drama club — that you’ll find in almost every high school in the country.
But there are several once-popular activities that have fallen by the wayside over the decades – and today just seem plain weird.
These social groups targeted middle school and high school kids with a focus on standards of Christian character and were affiliated with the YMCA. Activities included dances, basketball games and parties. And while they still exist, these are less commonly found now.
Collecting stamps is a hobby that’s far less in fashion in the day and age of email. This aging hobby was once popular among the high school set, but now is more of an oddity.
The American Philatelic Society has been declining over the last few decades, and is only around 40,000 today, compared to 60,000 at its peak.
It makes sense given that when your grandparents were in these clubs, they might have waited by the mailbox for a love letter or a travel postcard, but now the average American home receives a personal letter just once every seven weeks.
Oil Men for a Day
Long before take your kid to work day, schools in states like Oklahoma and other oil rich spots plucked high school students with an interest in the field to spend a day learning more about the industry.
These were a popular occurrence in the early 1900s, but fell out of fashion around when women’s right movement kicked into high gear. Often referred to as home economics clubs, they were all the rage back in the day.
With school shootings on the rise and metal detectors at the doors of most schools, weapons at school are frowned upon now in a way they weren’t in the 1930s.
You may still see this around billed as aviation or engineering, but as the race-to-space obsession dwindled, so did the membership to these clubs.
And while some have claimed to be involved in Underwater Basket Weaving, no one seems to have actually ever attempted to get together a group of time wasters to attempt this ridiculous activity.
Often these organizations reflect the times. And while this list includes 6 of the weirdest school clubs from yesteryear, today there are some even weirder clubs forming out there at high schools and colleges around the country, including a growing number involving Harry Potter or prepping for the zombie apocalypse. Here are a few that are destined for obscurity in the future.
Carleton College celebrates facial hair in their organization, that actually will include women if they give growing some whiskers the old college try.
The Dignified Educated United Crust Eaters Society
This club at Western Michigan University could also be called the clean plate society, as they are focused on the importance of not leaving crusts of bread behind.
The Clown Nose Club
A lighthearted organization that focuses on the funny, you can join at schools like Penn State and North Carolina State University.
Do you know where your family went to school? You can learn what clubs and activities family members took part in and see photographs from their school years on Ancestry.
– Angel Cohn