Our next Troop Meeting will be at the American Legion Post 6 on August 27th from 7-8:30pm, we will be working on completing the requirements for the BSA Totin’ Chip and Fire’m Chit. Please try your best to attend if you are interested in completing this training. No scout may carry a knife in our Troop without a Totin’ Chip. No Scout may help with Troop campfires without the Firem’n Chit. So please plan to attend in either of these activities interest you.
For those who have both Totin’ Chip and Firem’n Chit, the Troop will offer final Woodsman Series training in the Paul Bunyan Woodsman Award.
Totin’ Chip Award Requirements
This certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:
- Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
- Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocket knife, ax, and saw.
- Use knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings.
- Respect all safety rules to protect others.
- Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and good reason.
- Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.
The Scout’s “Totin’ Rights” can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility.
Firem’n Chit Award Requirements
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:
- I have read, understand and use fire safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
- I will build a campfire only when necessary and when I have the necessary permits (regulations vary by locality).
- 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).
- I will safely use and store fire-starting materials.
- I will see that fire is attended to at all times.
- I will make sure that water and/or shovel is readily available. I will promptly report any wildfire to the proper authorities.
- 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.
- 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.
Paul Bunyan Woodsman Achievement Award Requirements
Study the Boy Scout Handbook and the Camping merit badge pamphlet, and demonstrate to your Scoutmaster or other qualified person the following:
- Show that you have earned the Totin’ Chip.
- Help a Scout or patrol earn the Totin’ Chip, and demonstrate to him (them) the value of proper woods-tools use on a troop camping trip.
- With official approval and supervision, do one of the following:
- Clear trails or fire lanes for two hours.
- Trim a downed tree, cut into four-foot lengths, and stack; make a brush with branches.
- Build a natural retaining wall or irrigation way to aid in a planned conservation effort.