By Kevin Hunt
Sep 02, 2017

All Scouts Love to Carve, Carve, Carve Those Sticks

While I was at the Thunder Ridge Scout Camp this summer (in all of its wanderings), I enjoyed showing Scouts and leaders some of my carved walking sticks.  Everywhere I went, the boys were especially interested in them.  They were all very intrigued with the carving process and the end result.  I noted too, that all  Scouts love to carve, carve, and carve sticks.  In fact, they just love to use the knife and go for it – sometimes with nothing in mind.  But, yet, they carve on.  And Scout camp is a great place to do that.  For at camp, Scouts can earn their “Totin’ Chip Award … Of course, we can find the “Totin’ Chip” requirements in various Scout handbooks, but it is also interesting to read of them in Wikipedia.

And sticks at camp… we all know that there is a plethora of sticks to be carved on while at camp. There is an ample supply for all.

2017 Thunder Ridge Walking Stick carved by Kevin Hunt

2017 Thunder Ridge Walking Stick carved by Kevin Hunt

Since everyone seemed to be really intrigued with my sticks and carving, I thought that you might enjoy reading a recent blog that I posted in the Voice of Scouting on the subject.  Here is what I wrote: https://voiceofscouting.org/camp-scouts-sticks-knives

In the blog article, I share facts about my own carving knife.  I’d also like to share of a knife tradition in my family.  Our son-in-law, J.D., brought this tradition to our family.  For a couple of generations in his family, they have had the tradition of giving a knife to each son as he turns twelve.  And it is just not just any old knife.  It is the best of the “Old Timer” brand and in the grand “Old Timer” tradition.  And it is a pretty cool tradition. (Read more about the Old Timer here: https://www.knife-depot.com/learn/old-timer-knives/

Dad giving son his own "Old Timer" pocket knife

Dad giving son his own “Old Timer” pocket knife

I have been a part of the family tradition as I have experienced it with three of the five sons (so far). At the 12th birthday celebration – as each son comes of age, the dad presents the son with his own new “Old Timer” knife with due pomp and ceremony (kind of like a “right of passage” deal).  And I guess JD got the same knife from his dad when he turned twelve.  Anyway, at each of these three presentations, the Stoddard grandpa has been present to assist with the knife presentation.  So, it has been JD, his father, and each son who has already received his knife – all up there together. At this last ceremony, my own father – then age 88, was present. Was I ever surprised when he pulled his own “Old Timer” from his own pocket – and joined the presentation tradition.  And knowing that I had a Scout whittling knife, they brought me up to be an “honorary Old Timer” (though I could have had the title based on age alone).

Stoddard "Old Timer" Knife Tradition

Stoddard family “Old Timer” Knife Tradition

It was a grand occasion and I was proud to be a part of it.  And I am sure that the other two boys are counting down the days until they get their own knives. Maybe, too, I’ll have to invest in one of them “Old Timers” myself. It looks like an elite group!

Knives, boys (and men), sticks and carving.  It just seems to be a “guy thing” that most of us have born in us.  Let’s keep doing it! Carve, carve, carve…

Best wishes along your Scouting Trails…

Author: Kevin Hunt | thescoutblogger

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