Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Indian Lore Merit Badge


Indian Lore




  1. Give the history of one American Indian tribe, group or nation that lives or has lived near you. Visit it, if possible. Tell about traditional dwellings, way of life, tribal government, religious beliefs, family and clan relationships, language, clothing styles, arts and crafts, food preparation, means of getting around, games, customs in warfare, where members of the group now live, and how they live.
  2. Do TWO of the following. Focus on a specific group or tribe.
        A. Make an item of clothing worn by members of the tribe.
        B. Make and decorate three items used by the tribe, as approved by your counselor.
        C. Make an authentic model of a dwelling used by an Indian tribe, group, or nation.
        D. Visit a museum to see Indian artifacts. Discuss them with your counselor. Identify at least 10
              artifacts by tribe or nation, their shape, size, and use.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Learn three games played by a group or tribe. Teach and lead one game with a Scout group.
        B. Learn and show how a tribe traditionally cooked or prepared food. Make three food items.
        C. Give a demonstration showing how a specific Indian group traditionally hunted, fished, or trapped.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Write or briefly describe how life would have been different for the European settlers if there had been
              no native Americans to meet them when they came to this continent.
        B. Sing two songs in an Indian language. Explain their meanings.
        C. Learn in an Indian language at least 25 common terms and their meaning.
        D. Show 25 signs in Indian sign language. Include those that will help you ask for water, for food, and
              where the path or road leads.
        E. Learn in English (or the language you commonly speak at home or in the troop) an Indian story of at
              least 25 words, or any number of shorter ones adding up to 300 words. Tell the story or stories at a
              Scout meeting or campfire.
        F. Write or tell about eight things adopted by others from American Indians.
        G. Learn 25 Indian place names. Tell their origins and meanings.
        H. Name five well-known American Indian leaders, either from the past or people of today. Give their
              tribes or nations. Describe what they did or do now that makes them notable.
        I. Learn about the Iroquois Confederacy, including how and why it was formed. Tell about its governing
              system. Describe some of the similarities and differences between the governments of the United
              States and of the Six Nations (the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy).

Indian Lore Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.