To earn the Whittling Chip card you will need to read, understand, and promise to abide by the
Knives Are Not Toys guidelines and the Pocketnife Pledge.
Knives Are Not Toys
  • 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.
Safety Rules For Handling A Knife
  • A knife is a tool, not a toy.
  • Know how to sharpen a knife. A sharp knife is safer because it is less likely to slip and cut you.
  • Keep the blade clean.
  • Never carry an open knife in your hand.
  • When you are not using a knife, close it and put it away.
  • Keep your knife dry.
  • When you are using the cutting blade, do not try to make big shavings or chips. Easy does it.
  • Make a safety circle: Before you pick up your knife to use it, stretch your arm out in a circle. If
    you can’t touch anyone else, it is safe to use your knife.
Test Your Knowledge
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BSA Age-Appropriate Guidelines show that a Tiger Cub or a Wolf Scout cannot use a
pocketknife. Bears / Webelos work on This Award.
In return for the privilege of carrying a pocketknife to designated Cub Scout functions, I agree to
the following:

1. I will treat my pocketknife with the respect due a useful tool.
2. I will always close my pocketknife and put it away when not in use.
3. I will not use my pocketknife when it might injure someone near me.
4. I promise never to throw my pocketknife for any reason.
5. I will use my pocketknife in a safe manner at all times.
Whittling Chip Requirements and Certification
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