Re: totin' chip
David Berg (Berg@SURF-ICI.COM)
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 09:06:10 -0500
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 22:28:18 -0400
From: Robert Sharek <drdaddy@ICANECT.NET>
RE: Totin' Chip
>Robert Sharek wrote:
>I am doing a Totin' Chip class for the newbies in our troop. Although I
>"know" the stuff, I want to know if anyone has something formal I could
>work by. I do appreciate it.
Troop 465 treats the Totin' Chip very seriously. When we attend the
summer camp, we do not allow our boys to do their totin' chip in the
Scoutcraft area. They do it in our campsite in our ax yard. It usually
our Scouts the whole week of summer camp to earn and when they are done,
really know the material. A former Scoutmaster for our Troop expanded
(and I think improved) the totin chip requirements. The additional
requirements are fully supported by the Troop parents (i.e. Committee).
It is more difficult for our Scouts to earn the totin chip, but when
do earn it they respect it much more. Also, we do not adhere to the
rule that "if the Scout messes up, tear the corner off his totin chip
and when all four corners are off he loses it". If the boy messes up
he loses the totin chip and he must do it all over. We have had only
two ax yard or knife related accidents in three years because the boys
are so cautious.
To earn the privilege of carrying and using woods tools and to qualify
for a totin chip in Troop 465, a Scout must demonstrate that:
1. He knows the ax yard rules.
2. He knows the parts of an ax.
3. He knows the "contact chopping" method.
4. He knows how to carry an ax.
5. He knows how to safely pass an ax.
6. He can safely and properly use an ax and saw to make,
a. a name stake, following attached specifications.
b. a tent peg, following attached specifications,
7. He can sharpen an ax.
8. He can "contact split" wood.
9. He can split wood with an ax and "whopper".
10. He can safely pass knives.
11. He can safely open and close a knife.
12. He can sharpen a knife.
13. He can show proper (safe) cutting techniques with a knife.
14. He can use a pocket knife to make a "fuzz stick with at least
20 slivers that will start a fire.
15. He can safely cut with a bow saw.
16. He can safely and properly stow an ax, a knife, and a bow saw.
17. He has read and understands the totin chip card and the
Having the scout make the name stake, tent peg and fuzz stick (while
supervised by boys who have already earned the totin chip) gives
hands on experience using the woods tools. The measurements for the
name stake and tent peg are taken from a hatchet. The Scout is given
a picture showing how the measurements are made. For the name stake,
for example, the length is the length of the hatchet, the length of
the name stake point is the length of the bit of the hatchet. The
length of the smooth area where the Scout can write his name is the
length of the head of the hatchet from the poll to the toe. It would
be easier to visualize if I knew how to attach a drawing of the name
stake and tent peg to the e-mail. Anyway the bottom line is that our
boys really respect the woods tools and know how to safely use them
without hurting themselves.
David T. Berg
Scoutmaster Troop 465
Beech Grove, IN
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