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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.

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14 thoughts on “Minnesota Venturers try underwater basket weaving — no, seriously

  1. 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.

  2. 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….

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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