On the eve of Halloween, the Webelos 2 Den gathered at the St. Patrick’s Parish Center with four main goals: review the Knife Safety Rules, review the Pocketknife Pledge, carve pumpkins, and have a lot of fun!
The meeting started with an interactive discussion of the knife safety rules. The scouts knew the rules! A knife is a tool, not a toy; a sharp knife is safer than a dull knife because it is less likely to slip and cut you; keep the blade clean; and never carry an open pocketknife. These are only a few of the rules.
The scouts then reviewed the Pocketknife Pledge. I will always close my pocketknife and put it away when not in use; I will not use my pocketknife when it might injure someone near me; promise never to throw my pocketknife for any reason; never use a knife to strip the bark from a tree; and do not carve your initials into anything that does not belong to you. Just to name a few key points of the pledge.
Then all the scouts selected a pumpkin, and with their parent made a design and safely started to carve. There were funny carvings, scary carvings, and even a combination of scary and funny carvings – very odd – but good!
All the goals were met for this meeting and the scouts, parents, and scout leaders had a great time!
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