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.


  1. Describe precautions you should take to safely use basketry tools and materials.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Show your counselor that you are able to identify each of the following types of baskets: plaited, coiled, ribbed, and wicker.
    2. Describe three different types of weaves to your counselor.
  3. Plan and weave EACH of the following projects:
    1. a square basket
    2. a round basket
    3. a campstool seat



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