No matter what part of the world your ancestors came from, woven baskets were part of their lives. Long before the invention of metal buckets, plastic containers, backpacks with built-in water bladders, and nylon duffel bags, your ancestors made baskets to carry and store water, food, and valuables. Today, basketry is a practical art and is a handy skill for a Scout. A basket can be a sturdy companion on campouts, carrying clothes snuggly 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. While working on Basketry Merit Badge Scouts will be able to better understand what goes into making baskets from scratch and learn about the different techniques that can be used to craft one’s basket.
What to Bring:
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Merit Badge Workbook: Click Here
Basket kits cost about $10-20.
*Scouts must attend one class session on the half hour and complete the baskets independently. All open merit badge attempts must begin before Friday.