This Award is meant for Boy Scouts.
This certification grants a Scout the right to carry (totin'!) and use woods tools.
This is a very important wallet card to have onhand at all times when camping.
There is a wallet card and patch available.
To earn this certification, the Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:
- Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
- Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocket knife, ax, and saw.
- Use the knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings.
- Respect all safety rules to protect others.
- Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and with good reason.
- Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.
The Scout's 'Totin' Rights' can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility.
(In our troop, we tear off a corner from the wallet card for any minor infraction. When all four corners are gone, the scout loses his totin' rights.)
The Totin' Chip patch is considered a 'temporary' patch and should only be displayed on the uniform sewn centered on the right pocket, or hung in a temporary patch holder from the right pocket button. It does NOT get permanently sewn on a pocket flap even though it is shaped that way. You may want to check with your BSA council for local guidelines.
Apr 28, 2014 - Rufus Pearson
Can a young man that has had his totin chip pulled from him get it back and if so what are the rules or steps he has to do to get it back
Apr 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Rufus - The scout should just re-complete the training offered by his troop and demonstrate his skill and understanding of the responsibilities of carrying sharp tools.
It makes sense that he ask the person who took his card what he needs to do to get it back.
Mar 11, 2015 - Alan Rook
I am curious if the patch can take the place of having to carry the card? What is the purpose of the patch?
Mar 12, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Alan - The patch is, like most temporary patches, to recognize an activity, achievement, or participation of the scout. I know of no scouts that actually wear the Totin' Chip patch.
Mar 15, 2015 - Eddie V.
Two questions: 1) Where can I find official manuals on 'how' to teach both the Totin Chip and Firem'n Chit? Want to be sure we cover everything in enough detail. 2) I have heard in some troops ONLY the SM teaches and signs-off on the awards, some troops the ASMs divide the work, and some troops the older (reliable) scouts teach and sign-off on the younger boys. Is there a hard rule around this or is it up to the troop?
Mar 16, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Eddie - The information is in the Boy Scout Handbook. It is up to each troop to decide who and how it is presented. There are many sample outlines online, see this page
Apr 17, 2015 - Larry A
How old can the boy being to earn his Totin Chip. I have some boys in the Pack that have pocket knives and do not know how to use them. I told them they are not allowed until you take the class.
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