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Whittling Chip

The Whittling Chip card
(Sheet of 8 SKU: 34223)

reverse side

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Level:Bear Scouts and Webelos Scouts

The Whittling Chip card certifies that a Bear or Webelos youth has earned the right to carry a pocketknife to designated Cub Scout functions. Scouts are encouraged to learn safety rules and the proper use of a pocketknife. Scouts may earn the right to carry a pocketknife to designated Scouting functions by completing requirements for the Whittling Chip card during a Whittling Chip Course. Cub Scout-age boys may not use sheath knives.

When a Bear or Webelos youth completes the requirements they will be awarded a Cub Scout Whittling Chip pocket certificate and/or emblem patch. According to the Guide to Awards and Insignia (last updated in 2018), the Whittling Chip emblem patch is not for uniform wear.[1][2][3]


Age-Appropriate Guidelines

Program Pocketknife Bow Saw Ax
Lion, Tiger, Wolf No No No
Bear * No No
Webelos * * No
Scouts BSA * * *
* = Yes but only with the supervision and training specified by the Guide to Safe Scouting and other program materials.

The Age-Appropriate Guidelines show that a Lion Scout and Tiger Scout cannot use a pocketknife, and neither can a Wolf Scout. Bear and Webelos Cub Scouts can use a pocketknife and can earn their Whittling Chip. Webelos Scouts can also use bow saws. Boy Scouts can also use axes and earn their Totin' Chip by demonstrating proficiency with a pocket knife, ax, and saw.

Pocketknife Pledge

Whittling Chip emblem(patch is not for uniform wear)(SKU: 8598)
Whittling Chip emblem
(patch is not for uniform wear)
(SKU: 8598)
The Whittling Chip card (original)
The Whittling Chip card (original)
Original Whitlin' Chip emblem
Original Whitlin' Chip emblem

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.

Pocketknife rules

A pocket knife is an important tool. You can do many things with its blades. The cutting blade is the one you will use most of the time. With it you can make shavings and chips and carve all kinds of things.

  • Take good care of your knife.
  • Always remember that a knife is a tool, not a toy.
  • Use care to protect yourself and others.
  • Think when you whittle or carve.

Things To Remember

  • A knife is a tool, not a toy.
  • Safety
  1. Always establish a safety circle. Place the closed knife in your hand and then extend your arm. Move your arm around you. If another person is within reach, move to a new location and try again to establish a safety circle.
  2. Properly hand off the knife. Never throw a pocket knife. Also be careful not to drop the knife. The proper hand-off procedure is to place the closed knife in your hand and offer it to other person. Only let go of the knife after the other person has #1 established a firm grip on the knife and #2 said thank you. The thank you indicates that the other person is now taking responsibility for the knife.
  3. Keep your knife sharp. A sharp knife is safer because it is less likely to slip and cut you.
  • Handling a knife.
  1. How to open
  2. Cut away from you
  3. How to close
  • Care and Handling
  1. Don’t use on something that will dull or break it
  2. Keep the blade clean.
  3. Keep the knife dry.
  4. Carry a sharpening stone along with the knife.

Sharpening a knife

When carrying a pocket knife, you should also carry a sharpening stone. Sharpening stones are also known as “whetstone” or caraborundum stones. The stone should be about 1" by 3" in size.

  1. Place the stone on a level surface.
  2. Wet the stone with a little water or oil.
  3. Place the blade of the knife flat on the stone, then raise the back edge about the width of the blade itself, keeping the cutting edge on the stone.
  4. Draw the knife straight back toward you, or move it straight back and forth putting pressure on it only when you pull it toward you. This is always better than moving it in a circular fashion.
  5. Turn the blade over and repeat on the other side an equal number of times.
  6. Wipe clean on the sole of your shoe.
  7. It will take half an hour to sharpen a dull knife, but once sharp, a minute a day will keep it in perfect shape.

See also

Cub Scout Leader portal

External links


  1. Cub Scout Insignia Adobe Acrobat PDF scouting.org, Guide to Awards and Insignia
  2. Awards Cub Scouts Earn as Individuals scouting.org
  3. Note: This guidance that the Whittling Chip emblem patch is not for uniform wear is different than the text on the Whittling Chip page on scouting.org that says "patch worn as a temporary patch on the right pocket."

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