My son is Webelo scout and earned his whittling chit last year. This year I volunteered at the district day camp and led the Bear den. When it came time for the boys to earn their whittling chit, the instructor showed them all the proper ways to handle the knife and then — he handed them each a potato peeler!
It was pathetic. So all of the boys who were there earned the whittling chit without ever once touching a pocket knife. I am so glad my son earned his the old fashioned way! We are also lucky to belong to a pack that believes in Free-Range scouts! If you can find a pack or troop like this, then scouting can be a great experience!
Agreed. And I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to whittle with a potato peeler. It’s like knitting with a fork. — Lenore