The Official BSA Firem'n Chit is the Wallet Card (No.
and/or Patch (No. 08599) shown above.
The Firem'n Chit Patch is considered a "Temporary Patch" and,
should be worn centered on the RIGHT Pocket of the Boy Scout Uniform Shirt.
It should NOT be sewn on a pocket flap
The requirements in Boy Scout Requirements (34765) read as follows:
This certification grants a Scout the right to carry matches and build campfires. The Scout must show his Scout leader, or someone designated by his leader, that he understands his responsibility to do the following:
- Read and understand fire use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
- Secure necessary permits (regulations vary by locality).
- Clear all flammable vegetation at least 5 feet in all directions from fire (total 10 feet).
- Attend to fire at all times.
- Keep fire-fighting tools (water and/or shovel) readily available.
- Leave fire when it is cold out.
- Subscribe to the Outdoor Code and Leave-No-Trace.
The Scout's "Firem'n Rights" can be taken from him if he fails in his responsibility.
The wording on the back of the Firem'n Chit Card shown above, is slightly different, since it is stated in the first person, but the requirements are the same.
I will take this card to my Scout leader or other person designated by my leader, and show I know the following:
- I have read and understand fire use and safety rules from the Boy Scout Handbook.
- I will secure necessary permits (regulations vary by locality).
- All flammable vegetation must be cleared at least 5 feet in all directions from fire (total 10 feet).
- Fire must be attended to at all times.
- Fire-fighting tools (water and/or shovel) must be readily available.
- Fire must be cold out before it is left.
- I subscribe to the Outdoor Code and Leave-No-Trace.
The older versions of the Firem'n Chit card (No. 34236 and 34236A), shown below, are also in wide use and are still valid. The wording on the backs of these cards differ from the current requirements.