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Basketry Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Basketry is a popular Summer Camp Merit badge and great for a new Scout.
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Basketry merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1927
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 027
Requirements revision: 2004
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008


Basketry requirements

  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.
  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.
    b. Describe three different types of weaves to your counselor.
  3. Plan and weave each of the following projects:
    a. a square basket;
    b. a round basket; and
    c. a campstool seat.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Basketry is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Basketry requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

  • 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 may now be difficult to complete during summer camp. Consider starting the baskets ahead of time.
3a. Save the more difficult square basket for last. Buy a larger kit like the BSA Square Basket so you have more room to work.
3b. The Round basket is easier for many than the square basket. Still consider the larger BSA Round Basket kit.
3c. Camp Stool: Leave a gap between the reeds the thickness of two reeds so that you will have room for the cross-pieces.
Consider the BSA Campstool Seat kit.

Requirement resources

2. Baskets - Types of Baskets with photos - Basket Weaving FAQ
3. Basket Weaving 101 shows color phots of each step of weaving a basket.

Do It Yourself Bastetry Topics - Basket Weaving - Weaving Tips - Basketry
Basketry kits for each project are available at your local Scout Shop or online at and other sites such as County Seat.

3a. Save the more difficult square basket for last. The Larger BSA Square Basket Kit is easier than the small one.
3b. The Round basket is easier for many than the square basket. Still consider theBSA Large Round Basket Kit
3c. BSA Campstool Seat Kit

Note: Leave a gap between the campstool reeds the thickness of three reeds so that you will have room for the cross-pieces.
The 301 Rush kit can be used for the campstool requirement but costs about twice as much as the BSA Campstool Seat.

Related awards

Art Awards Links - (Basketry is an applied art)

Art-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

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