Re: cubs and pocket knife
Craig R. McGarrah (mcgarrah@MINDSPRING.COM)
Fri, 21 Aug 1998 10:57:23 -0400
I have not heard of this regulation you mention. I have heard this relative
to building fires, though.
Here's how we deal with knives in our Pack. No Cub is permitted to carry a
knife unless they have their Whittlin Chip with them or are at a class
working on it. I, as Cubmaster, am the only one who teaches Whittlin Chip
in our Pack and I usually do it at a den meeting or at camp.
In addition, no cub can carry a knife at a Den or Pack meeting unless
specifically directed to do so by their leader, whether or not they have
the card. All this is in the spirit of respecting this as a tool, not a
status symbol or toy.
When teaching Whittlin Chip, I warn the boys that even though they do their
best, they may not pass because they have to demonstrate to me a certain
degree of physical coordination with the tool before I'll sign them off. I
know this doesn't seem fair, but, I explain that this is a tool with some
dangers and I have to be comfortable that they can handle it before I trust
them with it. I don't teach this until late in their Bear year to minimize
the likelihood that someone will not pass because of physical maturity.
I taught Totin' Chip for many years in the Boy Scouts before "graduating"
to the cubs. ;) I put them through a pretty thorough training and it has
been a long time since we have had a knife-related injury in our Pack
(knock on wood).
Yours in Scouting,
Cubmaster, Pack 132, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
At 08:32 PM 8/12/98 +0000, Settummanque,\ wrote:
>>Ok what is the stand on cubs using knives for whittling chip. I
>>was told at camp that it has been BSA policy for 2 years that no
>>cub (bears or webelos) can use a knife.
>Who told you this?? Then "why for we have knives with the Cub Scout
>thingy on 'em?" *hehehehee*
>(I'm laughing but I'm being serious here too....if the BSA has a
>policy against Cubs using or carrying knives at camp, then why is
>our Supply Division STILL carrying pocketknives in the recent
>It sounds like you've come up on a COUNCIL policy and not a BSA
>policy, Linda. There are SOME Councils that do NOT want the risks
>associated with Cub Scouts using/carrying pocketknives and don't
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