Tuesday, September 8, 2009


New advice published in Scouting, the official in-house magazine, says neither Scouts nor their parents should bring penknives to camp except in "specific" situations.

Scouts have traditionally been taught how to use knives correctly, using them on camping trips to cut firewood or carve tools.

Dave Budd, a knife-maker who runs courses training Scouts about the safe use of blades, wrote that the growing problem of knife crime meant action had to be taken.

"Sadly, there is now confusion about when a Scout is allowed to carry a knife," he wrote. "The series of high-profile fatal stabbings [has] highlighted a growing knife culture in the UK.

"I think it is safest to assume that knives of any sort should not be carried by anybody to a Scout meeting or camp, unless there is likely to be a specific need for one. In that case, they should be kept by the Scout leaders and handed out as required."

Likely to be a specific need for one? How about the Boy Scout's motto, "Be Prepared"? Doesn't that by it's very nature dictate that the scout should have a pen knife with him?

The wussification of England continues.

1 comment:

puckchk said...

i'm confused. has there been an increase of incidents involving boy scouts stabbing each other?? because thats the only reason why i could see them trying to "ban" a knife at meetings. saying knife crimes in general exist...please....ever since we learned how to sharpen flint there have been "knife crimes" this is just plain stupid. Now I want to know,what are they teaching scouts now-a-days?? i remember it being a very survival,helpful to your community organization. maybe i don't want to know what they do now.