Totin' Chip

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Totin' Chip

Level:Boy Scout, Venturer


The Totin' Chip certification grants a Boy Scout the right to carry and use woods tools.

The Totin' Chip is required for the Woodcarving and Woodwork merit badges and the Paul Bunyan Woodsman award.

Totin' Chip requirements

The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:

  1. Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
  2. Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocket knife, ax, and saw.
  3. Use knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings.
  4. Respect all safety rules to protect others.
  5. Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and with good reason.
  6. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.

The Scout's "Totin' Rights" can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
2018 Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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The Totin' Chip temporary patch
The Totin' Chip temporary patch

Scouts who earn the Totin' Chip are encouraged to then earn the Paul Bunyan Woodsman, which is an application of the skills learned in Totin' Chip.

Even though the patch is shaped like a pocket flap, wearing it on a pocket flap does not conform to uniform standards. Per the BSA:

ā€œ Totinā€™ Chip, cloth, No. 8597; Boy Scout; worn as a temporary patch on right pocket; not to be worn on pocket flap. ā€
Guide to Awards and Insignia (2015), Boy Scout Insignia, pg. 40

Requirement resources

1. Boy Scout Handbook.
2. Knife - Ax and Saw.
3. Knife - Ax and Saw.
6. Outdoor Code.

Related awards

Outdoor-related awards
Art-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal

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