Thu, 30 Jun 1994 19:32:44 EDT
>Invitation to Scouters in other countries: Please comment on whether
>or not you have the equivalent of a license card for carrying
>and using cutting tools. This helps add some additional points of
>view to our discussions.
No. (Canada doesn't have any equivalent to the Totin' Chip). What
I have seen is that Scouts be required to earn the Campcraft badge
before they're allowed to carry sheath knives.. but usually all the
Scouts are allowed to use cutting tools (after appropriate instruction);
they can also lose the right to use tools, but that has to be enforced
by their leader.
>Follow up issue: If it turns out that ownership of a Totin' Chip
>is not an official BSA requirement to possess and use cutting
>tools, could a Scout "legally" be denied the full range of
>activities at a summer camp wood carving course if he does
>not have a Totin' Chip?
I think that this would be up to the instructor. This sort of
decision should be his, if he's running the course. If he thinks he
won't have any problems, then he should be allowed to allow Scouts to
use all tools; if he doesn't think he'll be able to handle it, then he
should be allowed to not let them. He is responsible for them...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City