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BASKETRY MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Basketry Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Basketry Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

BASKETRY MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Basketry Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Do the following:

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.

Scouts will engage in discussion on their findings during the class. Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet book to have a better understanding of hazards and first aid components for this requirement. The counselor will facilitate discussion on this requirement during the class.  It should be noted that only Scouts that actively, positively, and successfully participate in the discussion will be signed off on this requirement.  Preparation is a must.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Show your counselor that you are able to identify each of the following types of baskets: plaited, coiled, ribbed, and wicker.

Scouts should lookup and learn each of these types of baskets and be prepared to share their understanding of each in class discussion. All terms can be found in the Merit Badge Pamphlet.  Some Scouts may find it easier to write down their findings in their Merit Badge Workbook for quicker and easier reference for use during the class.

b. Describe three different types of weaves to your counselor.

Scouts will find most, if not all the information needed to complete this requirement in the merit badge pamphlet. Scouts are encouraged to use a Merit Badge Workbook to track their findings and to share these with your merit badge counselor during the appropriate time during the class to insure the counselor that Scouts have prepared and completed this requirement to their satisfaction.

 

3. Plan and weave EACH of the following projects:

a. a square basket

b. a round basket

c. a campstool seat

Scouts will be provided basketry kits for each of the components in requirement 3 and will spend the majority of class time working on each. Once Scouts have completed each of these components the Counselor will review their work and sign off appropriately. These weaving projects take some time and Scouts should not expect to complete all three projects within the time frame of the class. Some Scouts have been able to but is should not be expected.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015