A revision to the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting is out this month, with one very important clarification for Cub Scout dens. Cubmasters and den leaders make note of this!
Tigers and Wolfs may not use knives during Scouting activities. Bear scouts and Webelos are allowed
to use knives, but should be given proper and thorough training before receiving that privilege. The Whittling Chip
is a good start for knife training.
So, if your Pack has been letting Tigers or Wolfs whittle away, it's time to stop. I'm sure many first and second grade boys you know can handle a knife just fine - I had my own when I was that age. But, while Scouting, follow the Scouting guidelines and keep everyone safe. Review Age-appropriate Activities
on scouting.org for a chart of what's cool to do at each level of Scouting.
It's the unit leader's responsibility to know, understand, and follow the BSA safety guidelines. Give copies of the BSA Commitment to Safety
to all your unit volunteers, get them trained, and enjoy Scouting.
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Mar 19, 2013 - cc Steve
Thanks for mentioning this. It will impact all our local cub camps.
Have you seen an offical announcement that includes why the change?
Mar 19, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Steve - It's not a change, it's a clarification and emphasis of the guidelines that were already in place.
May 02, 2013 - Tina
I was just at LOE. They told us that Wolves can get the whittling chip. why would they be able to get the chip if they can't use the knives?
May 02, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Tina - They told you incorrectly. Wolf Scouts are not supposed to earn the Whittlin' Chip and they are not supposed to have pocket knives.
May 18, 2013 - Jodi H
At what age are Scouts allowed to use power tools -- drills especially. I was doing a project with my Bears and had several new Boy Scouts who just crossed over helping out and it would have been handy if they could have done some of the drilling. I wasn't sure, so I had a dad do it instead.
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