This Award is meant for Bear scouts, Webelos scouts.
Bear scouts and Webelos scouts may earn the privilege of carrying a pocketknife to Cub Scout functions. The objective of this award is to make scouts aware that:
'A Cub Scout knife is an important tool. You can do many things with its blades. The cutting blade is the one you will use most of the time. With it you can make shavings and chips and carve all kinds of things.
You must be very careful when you whittle or carve. Take good care of your knife. Always remember that a knife is a tool, not a toy. Use it with care so that you don't hurt yourself or ruin what you are carving.'
The requirements to earn the Whittling Chip card and patch are:
- Complete Bear Achievement 19, Shavings and Chips
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the use of a pocketknife.
- Close the blade with the palm of your hand.
- Never use a knife on something that will dull or break it.
- Be careful that you do not cut yourself or any person nearby.
- Never use a knife to strip the bark from a tree.
- Do not carve your initials into anything that does not belong to you.
- Take the Pocketknife Pledge:
- I will treat my pocketknife with the respect due a useful tool.
- I will always close my pocketknife and put it away when not in use.
- I will not use my pocketknife when it might injure someone near me.
- I promise never to throw my pocketknife for any reason.
- I will use my pocketknife in a safe manner at all times.
The scout must sign and carry the Whittling Chip card whenever he has his pocketknife. It is expected that an adult leader should ask a scout to see his card, and if it can not be produced, to confiscate his knife until the event is over or return it to his parent.
The Official BSA Whittling Chip for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts is a Wallet Card (No. 34223A) and/or Patch (08598). The patch is considered a 'temporary' patch and should only be displayed on the uniform centered on the right pocket in a temporary patch holder hung from the pocket button. It does not get permanently sewn on the uniform. You may want to check with your BSA council for local guidelines.
Apr 25, 2013 - Amy Dobbins
I am a den leader for Bear Scouts that are in 3rd grade. I do not feel that the soap carving activity in the Bear Book is appropriate for boys of this age to complete with a pocket knife. Their motor skills are not developed enough to do such precision cuts, with the knife. We completed this part of the requirement with a plastic knife to give the boys a chance to learn some knife skills. They used the pocket knife for all other parts of the achievement. Would the activities we completed, fulfill the requirements for the whittling chip card?
Mrs. Amy Dobbins
Apr 25, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Amy. Short answer, yes. As long as thyey did everything, there is no requirement that it be done with a metal pocketknife. I was a bear DL once and we did this activity several times. Only one small cut (did a couple first aid requirements after that, the injured boy didn't pout at all...sort of proud to be the demonstrator) and a lot of excited scouts to become boy scouts and get their own knives. Just part of growing up. I had a knife well before third grade when I was a kid, nicked myself plenty of times, but that's how you learn.
Apr 28, 2013 - Linda B
I have 12 boys in my den and they learned how to use a knife at a 2 hour class offered at the local decoy museaum. None of my third grade boys even knicked themselves. The instructor was very strict and the boys paid close attention. They have carved since then with sticks and soap with only one small incident. Good instruction is the key with close supervision afterwards.
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