Bear Claws

Bear Bear ClawsBear Claws,
a Bear Required Adventure

The Bear Den Leader guide says, “Most young men are very excited about the opportunity to own and carry a pocketknife.  In many families this may be a rite of passage.  It is important that the Scout understands a pocketknife is a tool and not a toy, and how to responsibly handle and use the pocketknife when he is around others.”

Read on to discover this adventure’s requirements and fun ways to complete them!


Complete the following requirements.

  1. Learn about three common designs of pocketknives.
  2. Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.*
  3. Do one of the following:
    A. Using a pocketknife, carve two items.
    B. With a pocket knife, safely perform each of these tasks:
    (1) Demonstrate how to cut a piece of rope, twine or fishing line; (2) Open a sealed box without damaging the contents; (3) Open a can with a can opener tool on a pocket knife; (4) Remove and replace the screws on an object with the screw driver tool on a pocket knife; (5) Open a letter.

Cub Scout Whittling Chip Requirements: Pocketknife Safety

pocketknife safetyOne of the things I love about Cub Scouts is that it teaches our boys life skills they need. One of these is how to safely use a pocketknife. According to BSA’s Age-Appropriate Guidelines, Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light scouts can use a pocketknife.

In the Cub Scout Adventure program, the Bear and Arrow of Light ranks require knowledge of pocketknife safety.

Bear Adventure: Bear Claws 2: Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.

Arrow of Light Adventure: Scouting Adventure 6: Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. Earn your Whittling Chip card if you have not already done so. Continue reading

Bear Claws Adventure: 3 Types of Pocketknives

pocketknife designsOwning a pocketknife is almost a rite of passage for many boys and especially so for Cub Scouts.  Many of our boys can’t wait until they’re Bears so that they can earn their Whittling Chip which allows them to carry a pocketknife at pack campouts.  However, they must have permission of their parent and den leader as well as proper adult supervision.

In the new Cub Scout Adventures that are effective June 1, 2015, earning the Whittling Chip is part of the Bear Adventure, Bear Claws.  Another Bear Claws requirement is to learn about the three common designs of pocketknives.

Bear Adventure:  Bear Claws 1.  Learn about three common designs of pocketknives. Continue reading

Free Summer Activities for Kids Ebook

free summer activities for kids ebookWhile looking for some summer activities for kids, I ran across a very cool website called Paper Toys.  They have images that the boys can download, cut out and fold to make paper models.  And it’s completely free!

Our Webelos will enjoy constructing their own Porsche 911.  Hmmm…  Maybe I’ll download one of these to give to my husband.  That’s his dream car, and I can say that I gave him a Porsche 911!  🙂

The t-rex is perfect for the younger boys, and Cub Scouts of all ages will love building the 3D model of the Capitol Building.  Check out all of the models that Paper Toys has available. Continue reading