As we put on TNCHIP events we have learned a little bit about what we think
works best and we have compiled all that info here. This includes suggestions and things to consider when putting
on your own event.
CONDUCTING A TN CHIP
GENERAL - VERY
you've collected the all of the child's information, give the entire kit to the parent or guardian.
Do not record names or keep a log or any information about children you ID. Various laws prohibit keeping
this information. Please do a head count so we can have an idea of how many children we ID, but please do not
keep any information about the children that you ID.
Please email information
about your event to Brother Jordan Howell, our website webmaster. The website is www.tnchip.org
and it has a calendar of upcoming events. Our Tennessee events will be posted on the national CHIP (and other)
websites. He has a form online, but you can email the following information:
Brother Howell’s email is
. You can also add a contact person for each event – this would be more helpful in getting more volunteers to
help work the event.
Brother David Hess from Brazelton Lodge #190 has
a local printer that can make up banners to use at events – please contact him at
It’s best to have 3 stations set
1. Registration – parents and children are
greeted and fill out ID card.
3. DNA collection and parent
Each kit has basic information, which needs to be filled out to
make sure the correct kit is matched with the correct child’s fingerprints (especially if a family brings more
than one child).
The card has a space for height and weight. Having a scale and
height chart is helpful.
Each kit has a balloon to give to the child. Consider substituting
with a balloon that has a masonic emblem or Lodge name on it. Also consider using a helium tank and
Kits include folded ink strips. Hold strips upright and blow
across the white edge to separate halves.
For longer events ink pads are available.
Baby wipes work best at cleaning the ink off, it leaves very little
Fold the card along the heavy lines separating each hand. Place
the card on the edge of the table doing the right hand first. Consider using clamps to hold the card
Do not roll finger, just use a flat imprint. We have found rolling
Be sure correct thumb/finger is printed in the correct block on
Do not print in the margin it, if the first print is not a good
one print next to the first one in the same block.
Gloves are helpful for the person doing the printing as the ink
leaves minimal residue but makes the fingers slippery.
There are two swabs in the kit for DNA sampling. Swab the inside
of each cheek, rolling the swab to make sure it gets wet. Hold the swab to air dry before putting it into the
PARENT CHECK OUT
Show the instruction sheet, it has child safety information for
preserving DNA. The sheet recommends that the sample be kept in the freezer separate from the kit. Consider
using a highlighter to emphasize DNA preservation instructions.
2 small kits are included in the kit, one for nail clippings and
the other for hair. Best to use hair samples from a brush or comb that include the root, as it contains good
If you don’t take a photo at the event, then tell the parent to
put a current photo in the kit. Annual school photo is a good photo to use. Keep a digital photo with a date on
the back as a forensic artist can use a digital photo to project what the child would look like as they
Ask parent to take the card to the next dental visit, so h/she can
complete the dental portion on the card.
Suggest that the parent set aside a sock or t-shirt in a paper bag
that the child has played in CHANGE ITEM EVERY 6 MONTHS. Best to use a new item to avoid cross contamination.
This should not be stored in the freezer as it can pick up the scent of foods, it should also not be put in a
plastic bag as it can grow bacteria. These reasons can throw off a scent dog.
If a local brother is a police officer, have him at the
check-out to answer questions and provide info about the Police Department or sheriff’s office.
FOR MORE KITS
If you’re Lodge needs TNCHIP Child ID Kits please continue to out CONTACT US page and contact someone in your
These instructions are also available for download in .PDF form by clicking the below.
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