Programme Sparks

50. Chop Chop




  • Knives
  • Axes
  • Saws
  One meeting.

Programme Spark

The aim of this Spark is to equip your Section with the knowledge of how to use and care for a knife, axe and/or saw. These are tools that Leaders and young people use throughout their time in Scouting so it is important to learn how to use them safely.

You should show how to set up an area for using the tools and model how to use each one correctly. 

Some Groups issue their young people with a 'passport' to say that they are allowed to bring a knife on Scouting events as they have shown a level of skill with it. This is a great idea for Scouts and Explorers to work towards and is also a deterrent to them using them incorrectly.

Below are downloadable packs from Victorinox on knife safety, how Scouts abide by the law and more. 

Adapting for each Section


Badge Links

Beavers and Cubs may need 1-1 adult support when using a knife for the first time.

Scouts and Explorers should demonstrate a competent level skill before using the tools independently. 



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Can the activity be run through Peer Leadership?   Yes - With adult supervision.
Can the activity be run by Young Leaders?   Yes - With adult supervision.

Useful Links

Victorinox Activity Packs

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