Totin' Chip and Hazing
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 9 May 1997 08:30:11 -0400
Last night at our troop meeting something happened that relates to the
current sheath knife/hazing thread. While the troop was assembling for the
closing, the junior assistant scoutmaster (a 16 year old eagle) was
standing with several other scouts with a folding knife in his hands. He
was opening the knife by "flipping" it out, trying to make it work like a
I walked over to him and made a comment that it was rare that a corner has
to be cut off of the toten' chip of an eagle scout. His response was that
"you can't do that any more - it's considered hazing".
My question to the list: has this tradition also succumbed to PC'ism? Can
a toten' chip be "revoked" under current policy?
For what it's worth, the youth in question is working with the troop guide
with our two new scout patrols who recently joined the troop from cubbing.
They were planning to work on the toten' chip at the next meeting. I'm
going to suggest that he pays particular attention to the rules himself.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.12.2
District Advancement Chair
ASM Troop 313 and Scoutmaster, Jamboree Troop 530
I used to be an Owl
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