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Safety has always been a high priority in any Scout
and activity. Two tools to help with safety in the troop in the Totin
Chip Card and the Firem'n Chit card.
These cards are given
Scouts who have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable of the safety
rules of the card's topic.
In order to attain his Totin
Chip Card a
demonstrate that he knows the ruled for safe handling of a hatchet, ax,
saw, and pocket knife. In the new Scout Handbook these rules and tips
be found under chapter 4.
Scouts must earn both cards each year. Cards are dated when they are earned are are good for one year from that date. A Scout usually does not have any trouble earning it each year.
Troop 68 is also tougher on the violation penalties. Scouts are allowed only one corner to be ripped of the card. When the second violation occurs the Scout loses his card and then must re-earn it.
How a Troop 68 Boy Scout earns the card is probably the toughest of any troop. While troop leadership always encouraged members to attend demonstrations and read the handbook they discovered that some Scouts did not take the time to read or pay attention at the demonstration. So, in order to earn a card the Scout must take a written test (or verbal if he chooses). There are 20-25 questions on each of the tests. A Scout must receive an 80% score to pass.
The test have gone through several revisions over the years. Usually these changes occur when the handbook is rewritten. If a Scout reads the handbook and pays attention at demonstrations he usually will pass the test. However, many Scouts do not pass it the first time. The troop allows a Scout to take either test as many times as needed. However, it may only be taken once per day.
Here is your chance to take the
Troop 68 Firem'n
Totin' Chip tests.
Test answers may be found by clicking on the links at the bottom of the test pages.
- Would you
use these tests in your troop?