The Official BSA Whittling Chip Wallet Card

The Official Whittling Chip wallet card can be earned by Bear Cub Scouts by mastering the “Knife Safety Rules” on this page. The object is to teach a boy that:
“A Cub Scout 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.

You must be very careful when you whittle or carve. Take good care of your knife. Always remember that a knife is a tool, not a toy. Use it with care so that you don’t hurt yourself or ruin what you are carving.”

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The “Whitlin’ Chip” is NOT considered an “official” BSA badge. The only BSA item that is issued in connection with this skill is the pocket card which is carried by the Cub Scout. That’s why you cannot find it illustrated in the official Insignia Guide nor in the Cub Scout Leader Book.Several local Councils, however, have either purchased commericially or produced emblems (without the BSA indicia) or have designed their own and had the BSA’s Supply Division to create them for their Council’s usage (with the BSA’s indicia). In those Councils, if the Council makes the patches available for resell to units, then it is also considered an “official” patch.

In MOST of the local Councils that I’m aware of which sells the patch, the patches are considered TEMPORARY INSIGNIA and therefore goes centered on the right pocket of the field uniform. It does NOT belong on the right nor left pocket flap, because those locations are reserved for other insignia: in the case of the Cub Scout, the National Summertime Pack Award pin(s) belongs there.


*Check with YOUR COUNCIL to see if they allow the Whitlin’ Chip patch to be worn on the uniform. Just because the patch is out there doesn’t mean that you can wear it on the BSA uniform anywhere EXCEPT on the right pocket!

*Unless told by YOUR COUNCIL’s SCOUT EXECUTIVE, I would wear the Whitlin’ Chip patch centered on the right pocket of the Cub Scout uniform. It doesn’t go in the same place where over the span of next year, you’ll have to wear National Summertime Pack Award pins!!

Finally, the Whitlin’ Chip Patch is NOT “transferrable” to the Boy Scout uniform. Remember the BSA considers both of those as “skills” which are used in a step toward Cub Scout or Boy Scout advancement; therefore, “steps” do not “rate a badge.” For those whom want to argue “instant recognition,” the CARD provides instant and continual recognition of the meeting of those skills.

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.

  • I understand the reason for safety rules.
  • I will treat my pocketknife with the respect due a useful tool.
  • I will always close my pocketknife and put it away when I’m not using it.
  • I will not use my pocketknife when it might injure someone near me.
  • I promise never to throw my pocketknife for any reason.
  • I will use my pocketknife in a safe manner at all times.
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