Indian Lore Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Indian Lore Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Indian Lore Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Indian Lore Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Indian Lore Merit Badge Workbook
Indian Lore Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Indian Lore Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Indian Lore Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Identify the different American Indian cultural areas. Explain what makes them each unique.

Scouts will finding preparing for class for this requirement to be much easier when utilizing the Indian Lore Merit Badge pamphlet coupled with a notebook or merit badge workbook to make notes on. Using these notes and drawings will help aid Scouts in successful completion of this requirement in the class.  Be Prepared.


2. 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.

Scouts will partake in group discussion for completion of this component. It is highly recommended that because of the immensity of this requirement, and to save on spending a lot of time in class busy writing, that Scouts prepare as much as they can using notebook or merit badge workbook, prior to the class so that they may focus their efforts on active participation in the discussion element of this requirement. A Scout will likely not be able to successfully complete this requirement in the class without preparation notes.


3. 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 10artifacts by tribe or nation, their shape, size, and use.

Scouts will complete half of this requirement in class. Requirement 2c will be done as a part of this class which leaves only one of the other three components of this requirement to be done by the Scout.

Requirements components 2a and 2d can be done prior to the class for those desiring to attempt to complete this requirement by the end of class. Scouts should complete the requirement and be prepared to share their accomplishment with the counselor and class. Regardless of which component a Scout might choose to do, they must bring some sort of proof to the class to show their work and experience.

Scout not able to do preparation work will have an opportunity to follow up with an Indian Lore Merit Badge counselor after the class to complete any of the three remaining components. Acceptable items for Requirement 2b will be discussed in the class.


4. 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.

Scouts will complete requirement component 3a in class, however it is highly encouraged that Scouts research this requirement (3a) in preparation for the class as they will have an opportunity to share the game with the class. While the requirement states to learn three games, if Scouts have additional ones, and time allows, this activity will be extended to allow all Scouts to share all their games.


5. Do ONE of the following:

a. Write or briefly describe how life might 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 meanings.

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 an Indian story of up to 300 words (or several shorter stories adding up to no more than 300 words). Tell the story or stories at a Scout gathering 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. Attend a contemporary American Indian gathering. Discuss with your counselor what you learned and observed. Include in your discussion any singing, dancing, drumming, and the various men's and women's dance styles you saw.

This requirement will challenge Scouts. Scouts will need to do a little preparation work but will then complete this requirement in the class. Requirement 4g will be the selected component. Many of our great 50 United States owe their namesake to Native American origins. Many of the towns, counties, rivers, lakes, mountains, and other natural resources or locations within these states have similar origins. Many of the things we see around us like animals, tools, plants, and foods have American Indian names or names that were influenced from different American Indian cultures.

Scouts should prepare by coming to class with their 25 Indian Place names and meanings (or best they can come up with) with at least one of them being a State name, a county name, and a town, river, lake, or mountain range name, in the list. Scouts will share their lists in class as a part of completing this requirement.

For fun here is a list of everyday items whose name is derived from Native American origins.  The word is shown in italic-bold with the Indian Tribe or Nation that it originates from, the original word.

bayou from the Choctaw "bayuk"

chipmunk from the Ojibwa "ajidamoon," red squirrel

hickory from the Virginia Algonquian "pocohiquara"

igloo from the Canadian Inuit "iglu," house

kayak from the Alaskan Yupik "qayaq"

moccasin from the Virginia Algonquian

moose from the Eastern Abenaki "mos"

papoose from the Narragansett "papoos," child

pecan from the Illinois "pakani"

powwow from the Narragansett "powwaw," shaman

quahog from the Narragansett "poquauhock"

squash from the Narragansett "askutasquash"

succotash from the Narragansett "msickquatash," boiled corn

tepee from the Sioux "tipi," dwelling

toboggan from the Micmac "topaghan"

tomahawk from the Virginia Algonquian "tamahaac"

totem from the Ojibwa "nindoodem," my totem

wampum from the Massachusett "wampumpeag"

from the Eastern Abenaki "wik'wom"

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019