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Knives, Axes, Saws, Stoves, Lanterns and Other Camping Tools Standards


Many tools are available that can make camping experiences easier and more comfortable, including knives, multi-purpose tools, axes, saws, camping stoves, lanterns, and other camping tools. To use and maintain these tools safely requires training, skill, and respect.


Our Standards

  1. Before members (youth and adult) use knives, axes, saws, camp stoves, lanterns, and other camping tools, the Scouter in charge shall ensure that:
    1. A risk management plan is in place to manage hazards to within reasonable risk control (as low as reasonably practical)
    2. Youth are introduced to equipment with the appropriate safety knowledge and supervision
    3. The equipment is properly maintained and all safety features are in place and verified
    4. All members have the appropriate and necessary skills and experience to safely use the equipment
    5. Tools will be used in the right place, at the right time, with the right tool for the right job, with the right training and skills, and the right supervision
  2. For program activities, members may only use knives with blades 10 centimetres long or less.
  3. All other knives must be approved by the Group Commissioner based on a program plan and appropriate risk management plan.
  4. For food preparation, members using knives are advised to wear cut-resistant gloves. At a minimum, the Scouter in charge must ensure tools being used in food preparation will be used in the right place, at the right time, with the right tool for the right job, with the right training and skills.

Related Policies & Standards



Effective Date

March 2, 2019


Updates Date

April 2, 2019

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