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Minnesota Venturers try underwater basket weaving — no, seriously

Note: Not a real patch.

Note: Not a real patch.

In Crew 9820, they’re taking the joke of “underwater basket weaving” to new heights.

Or, technically, new depths.

Last weekend, the Minnesota Venturing crew, which specializes in scuba diving, went below the surface in their field uniform shirts, wetsuits and scuba gear. But they weren’t hunting for fascinating fish or awesome artifacts. They were making baskets.

Why? “Because we could,” says crew Advisor Dave Tengdin.

The crew drove to Square Lake in Stillwater, Minn., and made baskets while immersed in 68-degree water.

“Everybody makes jokes about taking classes in underwater basket weaving,” Tengdin told KSTP-TV. “And we figured, you know what? Let’s just have underwater basket weaving.” Next up for the crew: underwater pumpkin carving. Seriously.

Read a little about the origin of “underwater basket weaving” on the Wikipedia page, watch video of the crew’s event here and follow the jump for more photos. 

Note: The timestamp on the photos says 2010, but that’s wrong. These photos were taken Sept. 15, 2013.


18 Comments on Minnesota Venturers try underwater basket weaving — no, seriously

  1. Awesome! Just Awesome.

  2. At least they don’t need a tub of water to keep the materials wet!!

  3. That’s cool. If you can carve. How about “pumpkin chunking”.

  4. at least basket weaving is a merit badge. pumpkin carving will just muddy those waters.
    (rim shot)

  5. Nice job! Only in Minnesota. Now come north and try that in the waters of Lake Superior!

    • Or Lake Ontario in the North East… *smiles

      • Rob Lester // May 4, 2016 at 6:44 am // Reply

        I’m thinkin Superior would bring them to underwater Ice Carving….

  6. In the 80’s when I was a scout we did this in the camp pool with snorkeling gear. It was a joke, but then the staff said why not so we did. The staff found that it also helped the boys that were home sick as it was a good distraction and they could cool off in the pool.

    BTW, it is harder then it looks as the reeds get really soft and the basket deforms very easy.

  7. ScoutingManiac // September 20, 2013 at 4:17 am // Reply

    Scouting at its……………..BEST! Awesome job Crew 9820

  8. My son, Daniel, completed this MB in 2007-using only snorkel equipment at Firelands Scout Reservation in northern Ohio. He really enjoyed it…but would have liked using the scuba equipment.
    And Yes- I did award him the patch….

  9. We did that at camp this summer. The areas were trying to come up with activities that they could do to have co-ops, so handicraft decided to work with the waterfront to have underwater basketweaving in the non-swimmers area with snorkels

  10. Reblogged this on Patrick Lynch.

  11. Thats awesome! If they did that, they should earn the Outhouse Racing Merit Badge as well. I did this when I was in Alaska.

  12. Travis Barnes // September 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    Check out these Scouts at Camp Emerald Bay that filmed their underwater basket weaving excursion:

  13. Johnny Severe Weather // October 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    When I worked at Tomahawk Scout Reservation in Wisconsin, I would have my basketry merit badge scouts use snorkels and weave their baskets underwater as well. They loved it.

  14. This is a great crew. They hold pool clinics so people can see what scuba diving is like in a safe environment. My son spent a day with tem earlier this year and said he wants to do it again. I love that they chose the number is 820 because H is the 8th letter of the alphabet (H20).

  15. Curious if any boy completed their basket?

  16. Dave Metrano // May 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm // Reply

    In the early 80’s I was the ‘Team Coach” of Varsity Troop 82 in Manchester-by-the-Sea,Mass. All the scouts were certified divers. We made many trips to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Bonaire for some serious wreck and reef diving. Many of the ‘Team Members’ are still diving to this day.

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