Re: BSA Knife Rules
David F. Delman (Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 09:50:41 -0400
<<Wed, 8 Oct 1997 08:30:29 <axtman@CASTLE.DRC.COM>>
<<Wed, 15 Oct 1997 11:11:15 msalvett@LINKNET.KITSAP.LIB.WA.US>>
<<Thu, 16 Oct 1997 00:46:14 mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG>>
Thanks Mike, for the great information =
particularly on that Council Committee.
The BSA Guide to Safe Scouting supports a more traditional pocket =
knife for personal use, doesn't outlaw the larger knives, and =
politely discourages their wide usage which all makes sense to me.
Everyplace where scouting occurs is different and although I might
not want a boy in my current troop to use one of these type of =
knives they aren't bad when the adults do their jobs, train the boys,
and then follow through with smart discipline to use the knives where
intended and always safely.
On Campouts when preparing stews and the like scouts should learn =
to use big butcher knives to chop up carrots, potatoes, and beef
like great Japanese and Western World Chefs. They should learn =
how to care, store and properly use these knives. The Sheath knife
imho is only dangerous when a boy uses it to show off or ever =
improperly uses it. I expect the active adults to use that adult =
common sense that earns them their big buck Mr/Ms Title if they plan
to let boys carry sheath knives to any scout activity.
During a Totin' Chip Class you might want to show one of these knives
and discuss it as well as all cutting tools including paring knives
and potato peelers. Discuss any local troop or council scouting rules
as well so that your scouts are informed. When I last did Totin' Chip
I told the scouts your knife is yours don't show it off, don't loan it,
and take care of it. If you have questions about your knife re-read the =
BoyScout Handbook, it has some really great advice. And read the back
of your Totin' Chip Card as well. If you use your knife improperly the
SM has several choices for how the SM will deal with the situation. =
Some cut off corners, some ask for retraining, some ask you to do a =
totin chip presentation. Be aware your knife and all tools are to be =
used properly. After all those hollow words are said the adults and =
youth leaders have to back them up in practice.
As Mike already wrote,
Check with your Troop Committee and SM
Check with your Local Council District Executive
Each can help you figure out what's right for where you live,
the adult leaders, and other scouts comfortability/safety.
YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Susquenango Council=
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City