Haluska Ed (edh@MAILS.IMED.COM)
Wed, 13 Jul 1994 19:51:13 CST
Mike (and anyone else following this thread),
Your recount of the history and present status of the Totin' Chip is
pretty much what I expected to the true case: the Totin' Chip is
an optional tool for use by the Scoutmaster and/or other adult
leadership. We both agree that it is a very useful "ace."
However, we frequently run into situations such as at a summer camp,
the Totin' Chip being a mandatory prerequisite for wood carving because
"everybody knows that it is a BSA rule that you have to have a
Totin' Chip to carry or use a knife." This appears to be a commonly
believed BSA policy myth.
I still think you missed the mark a little with respect to the 2nd
Class requirements. Present me with your Totin' Chip and I
automatically know that you have met the 2nd Class requirements
pertaining to cutting tools. However, you can meet the _smaller_ set of
requirements for 2nd Class Scout without meeting the _larger_ set of
requirements for the Totin' Chip. You can be a 2nd Class Scout without
having met the requirements for the Totin' Chip. The Totin' Chip is not
a prerequisite for 2nd Class. Same for the merit badges.
Echoing Mike's call, any one out there know of an official set of rules
and regulations that touch on this subject? I'm sure that Mike is right
that there must be some set of BSA rules and regs for Scout camps that
Want to spin off another dialog? Do you cut a corner off of a Totin'
Chip if a Scout cuts himself? I do only if: 1) if the Scout was
flagrantly violating safety rules, or 2) if he does not administer
proper first aid to himself without being told. I don't if it was just
a minor cut incurred while involved with serious wood carving or other
nontrivial use of cutting tools. Anyone else have any "corner cutting"
Scout on and keep on posting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City