News to me. Why would it not be? Wait... maybe I did hear some rumor about it, several months ago. Officially
This certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:
- Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
- Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocket knife, ax, and saw.
- Use knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings.
- Respect all safety rules to protect others.
- Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and good reason.
- Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.
The Scout's "Totin' Rights" can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility.
There is no "official" policy allowing for cutting a corner off to indicate a minor infraction and that warning has been issued. This is tradition... not policy. However, as noted above, "Totin' Rights" can be revoked... and revoked means taking the card.
While cutting one or more corners (based on the SM's judgement as to the seriousness of an infraction) at a time is not specified above, it is the
traditionally accepted and reasonable method (for the SM to use) in getting to a Totin' Chip revocation. IOW, the revocation is allowed for, but the method used to get there is silent; and, therefore, left up to the SM's discretion... as long as the method used is not in violation of some other policy.
Now, although re-training is not directly addressed, since Totin' Rights can be revoked, I can see the justification where... in order to obtain another card, the Scout would have to take the training. So, whether your card is seized -or- lost, then the only way to rightfully get another one (you never get the old old back) is to take the training. Period. (I recall another recent thread about some of us having to retake some other training because council does not have it in the system and we can't find, or did not get, a card. -- Same diff.)Adults:
The requirements above reference Scout, in each and every case, never adult. However, it's been my experience that even adults are (now-a-days) required to take Totin' Chip training and always carry their card, if they wanted Totin' Rights. I've been required by a camp director to present my Totin' Chip card... not to cut off a corner, but to prove to the Scouts (I was a teaching Totin' Chip class) that what's required of them, is required of us, too.
I'd tell whoever told you to give you the rule where you can no longer cut a corner, in writing. If the Council SE (or National) says it's so, then it's so. You may have to resort to seizing the card on the first offense, no matter how minor the infraction.SCENARIO:
You know, zero tolerance and all that garbage. Scout gets a corner cut off for a minor infraction. Then he cuts his finger off... parents sue... BSA loses $100k for loss of digit. RESULT: