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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.