Owning 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.
There are three common pocketknife designs: the pen knife, the jack knife and the multi-purpose knife. So, what’s the difference in these three?
The pen knife has hinges and blades on both ends of the knife. Often, they will have two or three blades at each end. They are also smaller than the other two types.
The jack knife is only hinged on one end, but it may have more than one blade. Outdoorsmen such as hunters, campers and fishermen tend to like these knifes.
The multi-purpose knife is popular because there are so many different things they can have on them. Obviously, they’ll have a knife blade, but they can also have a file, scissors, tweezers, can or bottle openers and even a mini-saw blade.
To help the boys learn the types, you can use these printables. Print them on card stock, have the boys cut them out and use brads to attach the pieces. The boys can write the pocketknife’s type on it.
You can always assemble one set of these to use as an example rather than having the boys make them.
I hope this helps you with the Bear Claws Adventure!
Yours in Scouting,
P.S. If you decide that your son is ready for his first pocketknife, take a look at these available through my Amazon affiliate link.