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Firem’n Chit Certification

Scouts are going to build fires. That is pretty much a given. So they should be trained to use fire safely.

The Scouts BSA Firem'n Chit emblem, which shows a shovel, bucket, and campfire.

This BSA Firem’n Chit certification provides a set of rules which can be used for training with Scouts BSA.

There is a pocket flap patch available for Scouts who have completed this certification. A pocket card is also available at your local Scout shop, to indicate that the Scout has completed the training and agrees to the rules.

One camp we went to actually required Scouts to show the pocket card for this certification before they build a fire.

Firem’n Chit Certification

This certification grants a Scout the right to carry matches and build campfires. The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:

  1. I have read and understand use and safety rules from the Scouts BSA Handbook.
  2. I will build a campfire only when necessary and when I have the necessary permits (regulations vary by locality).
  3. I will minimize campfire impacts or use existing fire lays consistent with the principles of Leave No Trace. I will check to see that all flammable material is cleared at least 5 feet in all directions from fire (total 10 feet).
  4. I will safely use and store fire-starting materials.
  5. I will see that fire is attended to at all times.
  6. I will make sure that water and/or shovel is readily available. I will promptly report any wildfire to the proper authorities.
  7. I will use the cold-out test to make sure the fire is cold out and will make sure the fire lay is cleaned before I leave it.
  8. I follow the Outdoor Code and the principles of Leave No Trace.

The Scout’s “Firem’n Rights” can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility.

Related Resources for Firem’n Chit Certification

Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines

Leave No Trace Guidelines

Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics program which encourages responsible use of outdoor resources.

The Outdoor Code e1670017946124

Outdoor Code

The Outdoor Code is a pledge to be responsible when enjoying nature.

Fire Safety Merit Badge

While doing the requirements for the Fire Safety merit badge, Scouts learn about the best ways to prevent fires in their homes and while outdoors. Scouts will also find out what to do if there is an uncontrolled fire.

Fire Safety with Cub Scouts

Firem’n Chit is for members of Scouts BSA. But that doesn’t mean that Cub Scouts are too young to learn about fire safety also.


2 responses to “Firem’n Chit Certification”

  1. Dawn Avatar

    I don’t have a copy in front of me….but had trouble finding this information in the newest edition of the scout handbook – any thoughts? It’s not even listed in the index!

    1. Scouter Mom Avatar
      Scouter Mom

      Usually the best way for the Scouts to find the pages in the book is to look at the related requirements. In the current requirements, this relates most closely to Second Class requirements 3e and 3f. So if you look at the list of Second Class requirements in the back of the book, these requirements reference the pages in the book where they can find the information they need. The actual page numbers might vary from one edition of the book to another.

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