Haluska Ed (edh@MAILS.IMED.COM)
Wed, 13 Jul 1994 12:06:47 CST
For those of you who have been at summer camp, under the thread
wood carving @ summer camp, I posted...
SO HERE IS A CHALLENGE FOR THE REST OF YOU BSA SCOUTS-Lers: At
least for BSA, what is the official regulatory status of the Totin'
Chip? I have not yet found a rule that says "A Scout cannot carry
or use a pocket knife or other cutting tool unless he has earned
and is carrying a Totin' Chip." The card itself contains the phrase
"Totin' rights", but these are never explicitly defined either.
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?
To which Mike Walton, a.k.a. Settummanque, the blackeagle,
Oops... the Totin' Chip card IS an official BSA requirement in
order to meet several wood-cutting and whittling requirements.
It's one of those "safety first" things that the BSA bought onto
when concern about chopped fingers and toes and cut hands and arms
became a BIG concern among parents and Scouters.
To which I reply....
Hey Mike, I hereby grant that you have a much better overall
command of BSA policy, rules, and regulations than I am. But you
may have missed on this one. If you read the _requirements_ for
merit badges and rank advancement (or search the electronic version
in the SCOUTS-L archive, which I did), you will find that the
Totin' Chip is _NOT_ required for any rank advancement. It is also
_NOT_ a requirement or prerequisite for any merit badge. The _only_
thing it is a requirement for is the Paul Bunyan Woodsman special
recognition. So exactly what wood-cutting and whittling requirements
did you have in mind?
There may well be an additional list of BSA rules, regulations, and
requirements concerning cutting tools in general and the Totin'
Chip in specific. But where is this additional set of rules and
exactly what does it say on this subject? (This is what I really
want to know.)
Please understand, I think using the Totin' Chip as a license for
unsupervised use of cutting tools is a good idea. Please don't pull
this thread into an argument about that. I'm trying to ascertain
whether or not this use of the Totin' Chip is a real, official BSA
regulation. Or is idea that the Totin' Chip is a required license
just something that has worked its way into our system and is now
something that everyone believes to be the case, but isn't really
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