And hey, it's only 4 months to the next election, so this one isn't a big deal, is it? Try to minimize the issue and prevent the guys from taking it all too seriously. They should focus on having fun and working together.
Because previous guidance from the BSA on the Totin' Chip is:
"This is a decision for troop leaders, and I’d recommend including your senior patrol leader in the discussion as well. Set a standard, and enforce it. "
Cub Scouts are not Boy Scouts. The guidance does not have to be the same for both age groups. Cutting corners can be an effective communication tool to issue warnings for minor infractions. Different troops can have different policies.
Did you miss the part where the Whittling Chip can also be revoked? I will note that BSA official stance for the Totin IS NOT, "You may cut off the corner for an infraction." Perhaps the absence of that language is intentional?
If the Cub Scout does not follow the rules as taught and as listed on the Whittling Chip card, the Whittling Chip will be revoked, no exceptions!• There is no such thing as “cutting a corner off” for infractions. The rules are followed at all times. The Whittling Chip card stays as a complete unit.
What is the rational for such an explicit prohibition?
We road tripped to the Burpee Museum in Rockford, IL for their Archaeology merit badge class. The museum has Jane, a juvenille T-Rex and an interesting display of Triceratops-type skulls. They also have a paleontology lab, a lot of fossils and the museum runs trips to Montana and Utah.