Firem'n Chit

Firem'n Chit
Country United States
Created 1950
Founder John Page, Camp Yawgoog
Awarded for Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of fire safety rules

The Firem'n Chit is a Boy Scout award and contract, in the Boy Scouts of America program, stating that a Scout may be able to use, tend, and start a fire. Generally, the process to earn the Firem'n Chit takes about a 4 hours, and is a requirement for certain merit badges.[1]


In order to earn a Firem'n Chit, a Scout must prove to either his Scout leader or his designee that the Scout understands his responsibility to

  1. Read and understand fire use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
  2. Secure necessary permits (regulations vary by locality).
  3. Clear all flammable vegetation at least 5 feet in all directions from fire (total 10 feet).
  4. Attend to fire at all times.
  5. Keep fire-fighting tools (water and/or shovel) readily available.
  6. Leave fire when it is cold out.
  7. understand the Outdoor Code and Leave-No-Trace.

If the rules to tending or making a fire are not followed after any amount of given warnings, or none at all, then the Scoutmaster or senior patrol leader may either revoke the card outright or take corners from it, much like the Totin' Chip. After four corners have removed the card is no longer valid. [2]

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