UK Scouts Ban Penknives Knives

UK Scouts Ban Penknives Knives

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Britain –-( It’s a sad day for Scouts in Britain as all knives are officially banned in virtually all circumstances, “neither Scouts nor their parents should bring penknives to camp except in ‘specific’ situations.”

Here’s a very scary quote from the article linked below:

Last night a Scouts spokesman defended its policy, saying: ‘The Scout Association plays a key role in helping young people develop the confidence, maturity and self-esteem they need to play active and responsible roles in their communities, and to resist the peer pressure that may attract them into local gang culture.

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.’

Read it and weep:
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This action is a reflection of the intense anti-knife culture that has developed in the U.K. in the past few years. There are numerous causes, not the least of which is a media all too happy to feed the flames and politicians who would rather attack the tool rather than the root causes. In any case, it should serve as a warning to America’s knife owners.

The anti-knife hysteria in the U.K, Europe and elsewhere was one of the reasons why Knife Rights was founded just under three years ago, to give knife owners an effective voice against those who would take away our knives if we don’t oppose them.

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I suggest you check your facts … Here is an excerpt from a response to the "story" that appeared in the aforementioned British "newspaper" from Wayne Bulpit, who is the UK Chief Commissioner of Scouting: The truth about Scouts and knives (07/09/2009) Never before has the saying "never let the truth get in the way of a good story" been true than the current media coverage about Scouts banning knives. We haven't and I thought you might appreciate a quick heads up before we circulate a more detailed response. A Mail on Sunday journalist approached us on Friday having read… Read more »


I'm quite glad the newspapers turned out to be incorrect, but still annoyed.

And there was never an official ban. In facts, UK scouts have officially refute the ban:


The Daily Mail has not read the scouting rules properly, the scout rules just re-inforce the guidelines that scouts can use knives safetly in the right environment. I am a scout leader and I actively encourage knife use. The law in the UK states that you cannot wander around with a knife larger than 3" and that is not lockable or fixed without a valid reason. All the scouts are trying to do is make sure the scout know when an when not to carry a knife. On a camp a scout can use any knife as long as it… Read more »


This article is incorrect. Scouts are NOT banned from carrying penknives when appropriate.

Please, check more sources than the Daily Mail.


I gave my nephew a Swiss army knife with the scout emblem when he became old enough to be a cub.

That's the age I was when I started carrying a pocket knife. I decided yesterday to give his brother a Buck sheath knife I have in the basement since he'll soon be a boy scout.

You can figure my opinion of this whole sad affair.