Totin' Chip, Firem'n Chit, & BSA Requirements
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Thu, 14 Jul 1994 10:43:45 PDT
It may be true that neither the Totin' Chip nor the Firem'n Chit per se
are official BSA requirements. But that doesn't negate their usefulness
in promoting safety or a sense of accomplishment.
In our Troop, we use both as an introduction to Scout skills. Each new
Scout is encouraged to work toward earning both as one of his first tasks in
the Troop, usually at summer camp. There is enough overlap with the
Tenderfoot and Second Class requirements, as pointed out by Mike, that
we make it part of the same process.
The sense of accomplishment comes from his earning his cards (immediate
recognition) and, at the next Court of Honor, receiving the patches. If he
didn't complete anything else, he at least has recognition that he has earned
By the way, our Council came out with the reminder this past year that,
despite their shape, neither the Totin' Chip nor the Firem'n Chit are
authorized to be worn on the pocket flaps.
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City