Boy Scouts To No Longer Bring Penknives On Camping Trips

This is from Socialist Great Britain.

Scouts will now be a little worse prepared after they were banned from carrying their traditional penknives due to the fears of those in charge of health and safety.

New advice published in Scouting, the official in-house magazine, says neither Scouts nor their parents should bring penknives to camp except in “specific” situations.

Scouts have traditionally been taught how to use knives correctly, using them on camping trips to cut firewood or carve tools.

At one point Scouts were allowed to carry a sheath knife on their belt as part of their uniform although this is no longer the case. In recent years the Scout Association guidance has been that parents should carry knives to camps or meetings.

Dave Budd, a knife-maker who runs courses training Scouts about the safe use of blades, wrote that the growing problem of knife crime meant action had to be taken.

“Sadly, there is now confusion about when a Scout is allowed to carry a knife,” he wrote. “The series of high-profile fatal stabbings [has] highlighted a growing knife culture in the UK.

“I think it is safest to assume that knives of any sort should not be carried by anybody to a Scout meeting or camp, unless there is likely to be a specific need for one. In that case, they should be kept by the Scout leaders and handed out as required.”

Troops leaders however have said the decision is “very sad”. Sheila Burgin, from 4th Sevenoaks Scout Group in Kent, said: “Scouts by law are allowed to have Swiss army knives. I think this is going too far – you just don’t know when a Scout will need a knife.

“It is also suggested that the leader keeps control of the knives when they go camping, but I think that is completely wrong. The first Scout Law is ‘The Scout is to be trusted’. Scouts love having knives and using them properly. There is nothing wrong with it.”

Miss Burgin, who offers lessons in carving using penknives, added: “If you teach children to use a knife properly they won’t abuse it. If someone wants to cause harm they will do it anyway. It is a real shame it has come to this.”

A Scouts spokesman said: “We believe that young people need more places to go after school and at weekends, where they can experience adventure without the threat of violence or bullying and the need to carry weapons.

“Scouting helps to prepare young people with valuable life skills, while keeping them safe by not carrying knives.”

Meanwhile a school has banned giving out goldfish as prizes at its fetes after it was criticized by animal welfare societies.

John Porteous, the headteacher of Turton School, in Bromley Cross, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, has pledged that they will not hand out goldfish as prizes after coming under fire from the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) and RSPCA.

This is where the Gun Bans and Nanny State idiocy leads to. England is a hole of socialist thinking. England outlawed guns years before World War II. So when war came, private citizens in the united States sent firearms to England so they could defend themselves.

We have the greatest nation on earth. We have freedoms that the world can not understand. We have liberties that the rest of the world has never had. And we can only keep them if we embrace our Constitution and learn what our Founding Fathers gave us. Then, throw the bad representatives out of government.

Americans should not be concerned about what the world thinks of us. Do not pay attention to their foolish ideas. Teach the world our ideas of Freedom, Liberty, Private Property, Rule by Law, Limited Government, Free Elections, and Individual Responsibility.

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