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.
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:
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* 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.