Lots discussion (that lasted five years) here on Bryan’s Blog.
When working with SM’s, I note:
- It’s a program for the troop to reinforce skills and safety.
- Your SPL/PLs should administer it. Their eyes are younger and sharper than yours – and there are more of them!
- It’s a big country. Taking a card in one place is as rude as cutting corners in another. A clipped corner is just a tally of how many times a scout said, “I’m sorry, I’ll do better.”
- A first class scout (concept, and I hope patch) is qualified to take his/her scouts hiking and camping independently with their mates. It certainly qualifies him/her to pick up a knife or axe. When you see a violation, challenging a first class scout to live up to his/her rank speaks volumes more than asking to see his/her card.
Some of our SM’s put a lot of weight behind the card. Other’s not so much. The reason there aren’t national rules about this, is that often the SM’s judgement is far better than any national pronouncement.