Knives, Saws, and Sharp Things

The Boy Scouts offer a badge to Bear and Webelos cubs who learn the proper way to handle sharp tools like knives, axes, or saws. Parents who feel their son is ready to use a tool will want to look through this material. If a scout completes the requirements, we can get the badge for them from the Scout store.

The requirements to earn the Whittling Chip card and patch are:

  1. Complete Bear Achievement 19, Shavings and Chips
     
  2. 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.
       
  3. 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.

Totin' Chip requirements -- The Totin' Chip badge is designed to cover all wood tools for Boy Scouts.