Quote of the Day: Totin’ Chip Edition


Scouting Magazine gets in on a little April Fools Day fun:

“Today,…BSA Health and Safety team lead Richard Bourlon announced a new knife policy that changes things a bit. For the first time in the organization’s history, the BSA is mandating a maximum blade length for knives used within Scouting.

The magic number:
60 inches. The policy is effective beginning today, April 1, 2013. 

So grab your tape measures, Scouters, because bladed objects used at the unit level now must be no longer than five feet. If you forget your tape measure, consider identifying a Scout who’s five feet tall, hold the blade vertically, and ask him to stand next to it. 

“The hope is that we cut down on the number of Scouts carrying blades that are longer than they are tall. That can get unwieldy,” Bourlon says. “We also heard from some Scout leaders who simply didn’t have space in their compact cars to transport a half-dozen six- or seven-foot blades to the state park every month for troop campouts.”



  1. Matt in FL says:

    There’s a term I haven’t thought of in a long time. I bet if I looked hard enough, I could still find mine, 18+ years later.

    1. How many corners did you lose? 🙂

      1. Matt in FL says:

        Oh, I’m sure I lost one or two along the way, like most. That’s how you learn.

  2. Nate says:

    Some of the Scouts knife rules are dumb. No fixed blades? Why not? Just as with pocket knives, they are only dangerous if you don’t know how to use it. Don’t cut towards yourself? Sometimes that’s the only direction you have available. Other than that I had a pretty good scouting experience

    1. There is no national policy against sheath knives, though there are some prohibitions on them at the local Council or Unit level. Plus Scouts have to obviously obey all local laws as well, so some of you are plain SOL.

    2. Matt in FL says:

      “Don’t cut toward yourself” is a good rule for kids just learning how to use knives, and if you’ve got good leaders, it’s a rule that the older boys are allowed to “grow out of” as they get more experience. At least that’s how it worked for me. It wasn’t an official thing based on rank or anything, they just wouldn’t call you on it if they saw you doing it, once you reached the point where you were OK with it.

  3. Hay Yawl says:

    And then there is actually a Microtech Giant Halo 3X– Huge Knife


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