Totin’ Chip


Grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools.

Who Can Earn This Award?

Earned by Scouts BSA youth members.

How To Get the Award

Purchased in Scout shops by troop

Supply Item Description & Uniform Placement

Emblem, worn on right pocket as a temporary patch; pocket card to be carried in uniform pocket

Supply/BIN Item Number

Emblem, No. 8597; pocket certificate, No. 34234

Totin’ Chip Requirements

This certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. The Scout must show their Scout leader, or someone designated by their leader, that the Scout understands their responsibility to do the following:

  1. Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Scouts BSA handbooks.
  2. Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocketknife, ax, and saw.
  3. Use 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 good reason.
  6. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.

The Scout’s “Totin’ Rights” can be taken away if they fail in their responsibility.