Totin' Chip

Totin' Chip & Firem'n Chit Certification Tests

Safety has always been a high priority in any Scout function 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 to Scouts who have demonstrated that they are knowledgeable of the safety rules associated with these cards.   

All Scouts should earn these cards by the time they achieve the rank of First Class.

Totin' Chip

T215 - Totin' Chip Online Certification

In order to attain his Totin Chip Card, a Scout must demonstrate that he knows the ruled for safe handling of a hatchet, ax, saw, and pocket knife.   Below are the Requirements for a Totin' Chip Card.

T215 - Example of a BSA Totin' Chip Card

BSA Requirements for the Card:

The wording below appears in Boy Scout Requirements.  The introductory text in the book reads as follows:

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:

  1. Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.

  2. Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocket knife, ax, and saw.

  3. Use the knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings.

  4. Respect all safety rules to protect others.

  5. Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and with good reason.

  6. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.

The Scout's "Totin' Rights" can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility.


Many Scouts earn this card during demonstrations at summer camp or camporees. The staff signs cards for each Scout who was present for the demonstration. Scouts receive the card with the understanding that they may lose in if they violate safety rules. In Troop 740, Scouts are not allowed to use wood tools until they earn the card. Troop 740 allows up to four violations before taking the card away from the Scout.  Violations are recorded by tearing off a corner of the card. Extreme violations may result in multiple corners or immediate suspension of Totin' Chip Rights.  Once a card looses all four corners the Scout must earn it once again.   

NOTE: Scouts who have earned this card - Regardless of Age or Rank MUST have this card with them at all times at any Scouting Outdoor activity.  Any Scout can be asked to produce this card by any leader from any Troop at any time.  If a scout does not have this card on them, they will NOT be allowed to handle any wood tools during that event.

If you are ready to take the written certification for Totin' Chip - click here!



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