Whittling Chip- October 16th

posted Oct 8, 2018, 6:52 AM by James Abolos   [ updated Oct 8, 2018, 6:53 AM ]
Dear Parents & Scouts,
The “Whittling Chip” is on the agenda for our upcoming Den Meeting on October 16th. This training, much like our BB Gun and Archery activities is designed to teach your Scout the importance of being responsible.  Responsibility is codified within our Scout Law: A Scout is....Trustworthy.....Obedient.

For this activity, your Scout will need to bring a small pocket knife for use during the Whittiling Chip Training. If you need to buy him one, then consider the following recommendations:
  • Blade must be 3 ½ inches long or less 
  • A simple Cub Scout knife IS recommended. It can have a locking blade or not. Locking blades are good, but depending on the knife, they be a problem for small hands to close safely. 
  • Fixed blade (Sheath) knives are NOT recommended because they can drop out of sheaths, or tilt and jab the wearer. 
  • Large Swiss army or multi-tools are NOT recommended because they are difficult for small hands to hold. Smaller Swiss army knives with only a few tools are perfectly fine and are good options.
  • You should also consider getting a small sharpening stone or other sharpening device.  Arkansas Stone
Here are 2 good options for Pocket Knives to purchase.  
A parent/guardian is required to attend Whittling Chip training with the scout to ensure rules are understood. At the completion of training your son will be given a “Whittling Chip” card - assuming you approve. This card must be carried by your scout whenever they are using their knife. Any leader, parent, or adult can ask for the Whittling Chip at any time a Cub Scout has a pocketknife in his possession. If the Cub Scout does not have the card in his possession, the knife will be collected and returned to the parent. A corner of the Whittling Chip card will be cut off for each violation of the rules. When the 4th corner is cut off, the card will be taken from the scout and the scout must go through training again, in order to receive a new card. The cutting of corners can be done by any adult who feel safety has been violated. For very serious infractions (such as threatening another scout), the card will be taken immediately and permanently. 

While I am sure some of you may be concerned with the idea of the boys carrying a pocketknife, this program is designed to teach knife safety. The class is important since most boys will use kitchen and other knives in the future. The actual Whittling Chip card will be given to the boys only with the parent’s approval at the end of the classes. 

Again you will ultimately have the final say at the end of class on whether your son carries a knife after the card is issued. If you have any questions or concerns about the class, please feel free to contact me.