Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bear Adventure: Bear Claws

Oh, it's that special time that all Cub Scouts love and parents tend to dread.  That's right, it's time for the boys to learn about knife safety and to earn the right to carry a small pocketknife to scouting events.

I am both excited and dreading this event in our younger son's life.  Kids this age can be unpredictable, but I believe they are up to the challenge (so does BSA).

Of course, earning the Whittling Chip and knowing knife safety does not supersede a parent's right to decide when a child is mature enough to have and carry a pocketknife of his own.  Permission always lies with the parents.*

Below you will find the requirements for earning the Bear Claws Adventure Loop and Whittling Chip...

Bear Adventure: Bear Necessities

1. Learn about three common designs of pocketknives.
    2. Learn knife safety and earn your whittling chip.

    3. Using a pocketknife, carve two items.

    I love looking at the progression through the ranks... how the responsibilities grow with the boys.  These are the rites of passage I think that so many young boys need as they grow into young men.

    Check out our Call of the Wild Pinterest Board for ways to implement this adventure:

    Follow Cub Scout's board Bear Adventure: Bear Claws on Pinterest.

    * Always teach responsibly and make parents aware of things that have been (or will be) covered, so that they may set their own rules for home use of such knowledge.  

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