When a Cub Scout earns his or her Whittling Chip, that means he or she is ready to handle a knife safely. Most units give the Cub Scout a Whittling Chip card upon completing these requirements.
This certification grants a Bear Scout or Webelos Scout the right to carry and use a pocketknife. The Scout must show the Scout leader, or another adult designated by the leader, an understanding of the responsibility to do the following:
Whittling Chip Requirements
- Know the safety rules for handling a knife and show, using these rules, that you know how to care for and use your pocketknife safely.
- Make a carving with a pocketknife. Work with your den leader or other adult when doing this. (One of the items carved for Bear Claws requirement 3A may be used to fulfill Whittling Chip requirement 2.)
- Read, understand, and promise to abide by the “Pocketknife Pledge.”
The Pocketknife Pledge
I understand the reason for safety rules.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 I’m not using it.
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 Whittling Chip patch is considered a temporary patch and, if worn, should be centered on the right pocket of the Cub Scout or Webelos uniform shirt. It should not be sewn on a pocket flap.
Bear Claws is one of the Bear required adventures For this adventure, Bears learn how to use their pocketknives safely and carve a couple of items.
A reader asks about cutting the corners from a Whittling Chip card when the owner commits a safety infraction.
When discussing pocket knife safety with Cub Scouts, they demonstrated their safety knowledge with a fake pocket knife made from cardboard.