Totin' Chip Award
This certification grants a Scout the right to carry (totin'!) and use woods tools.
This is a very important wallet card to have on hand at all times when camping.
There is a wallet card and patch available.
To earn this certification, the Scout must show the Scout leader, or someone designated by the leader, that the scout understands the responsibility to do the following:
- Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Scouts BSA 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 away if the scout fails in these responsibilities.
(In some troops, a corner is removed from the wallet card for each minor infraction. When all four corners are gone, the scout loses these totin' rights.)
The Totin' Chip patch is considered a 'temporary' patch and should only be displayed on the uniform 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.
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Apr 28, 2014 - Rufus Pearson
Apr 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
Mar 11, 2015 - Alan Rook
Mar 12, 2015 - Scouter Paul
Mar 15, 2015 - Eddie V.
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
May 06, 2016 - Mitchell Chaix
thank you Mitch Chaix
May 07, 2016 - Scouter Paul
Jul 14, 2016 - Bobby Clary
Jul 14, 2016 - Scouter Paul
Jan 04, 2018 - Dan
Jan 04, 2018 - Scouter Paul
Aug 15, 2019 - Parent of New Scout
Aug 17, 2019 - Scouter Paul
If the leaders say the scout must wait a year, that is just something they made up - and I have no idea what their reasoning would be.
I would hope you and your scout figured out a way to make reparations for the damage that was done, and then the scout could ask for an explanation of why the Totin' Chip was taken and why a year must pass. In a strong, scout-led troop, the discussion should first be between the scout and the Patrol Leader, then with the Senior Patrol Leader, then including the Scoutmaster if needed.
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