Re: Totin' Chip
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Mon, 12 May 1997 13:21:54 -0500
I long ago gave up tearing a corner off the totin' chip. Although I don't
consider tearing a corner off to be hazing--if it is done privately I see
it as nothing more than making a note of an infraction--I do consider it
a waste of resources. Why tear up the card. Rather, I ask the scout to
turn his totin' chip in to his SM until both the SM and the scout agree
that the scout knows and will follow the rules for safe use of woods tools.
I occasionally follow up with the SM but usually believe that my comments
take care of the problem--the first time. Tearing off the corner implies
that the scout has to screw up four times before there is a problem. I
think we need to resolve the problem the first time.
I'm sure some scouts never say anything to their SM but I'm not too concerned
since I've never had a repeat problem with the same scout!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City