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    Basketry Merit Badge

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    Basketry Merit Badge is a popular Summer Camp handicraft activity for younger scouts.

    The core element of this program is completion of three basket projects. While Basketry is fun, it also teaches patience and the importance of reading the directions before you start. Note that in 2004, a third basket was added to the requirements. Allow 10-20 hours to complete the three baskets.

    Basketry Merit Badge A) Program Teaser

    Basketry is a handy skill for a Scout. A basket can be a sturdy companion on campouts, carrying clothes snugly and efficiently, holding potatoes and corn for roasting over a campfire, or carrying the day's fishing catch back to camp for dinner. Baskets and basket-weaving projects also make great gifts for family and friends.

    American Business Merit Badge B) Patrol Leader Plan & Setup Aids
    Prepare Your Patrol Plan - FUN Starts Here:

    C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Print Merit Badge Workbook
      One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)

      Req #3: Basketry Kit Purchase
      Basketry may now be difficult to complete during summer camp. The best place to buy the basketry kit supplies is at your local scout shop. Note the larger kits are always the best to work with.

      Start Early: Consider starting the baskets ahead of time. This merit badge consists of three (!) significant projects and takes about 10-20 hours to complete.

    BasketryMerit Badge D) Study Hall

    The purpose of this section is to facilitate an opportunity for scouts to research and learn about key concepts relevant to this subject. They need to be prepared to explain these to the counselor.

    While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.

    This session can also get them started on Building Basket Kits.

      Req #1: Safety First
      a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while using basketry tools and materials, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
      b. Discuss the prevention of and first-aid treatment for injuries, including cuts, scratches, and scrapes, that could occur while working with basketry tools and materials.

      Req #2: Basketry Basics -
      a. Show your counselor that you are able to identify each of the following types of baskets: plaited, coiled, ribbed, and wicker. (Visual Aid - Common types of baskets)
      b. Describe three different types of weaves to your counselor. (3 Types of Basket Weaves)


    BasketryMerit Badge E) Patrol Activity

      Req #3: Basketry Project -
      Plan and Assemble Three Baskets, one of each type:

      • a. Square Basket
      • b. Round Basket
      • c. Campstool Seat

      Note: The Square basket is the hardest, you may want to do that one last.

      Extra Credit: - Consider decorating your baskets with native decor such as beads, colored reads and feathers and artwork.

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