Indian Lore Merit Badge
So you're interested in earning the Indian Lore Merit Badge... well... first off, you need to be a registered Boy Scout in a Troop, or male Venturer registered in a Crew (sorry ladies), somewhere in Yankee Clipper Council. Adult members of Crew One are registered and APPROVED merit badge counselors for Indian Lore in Yankee Clipper Council.... If you are from another council, please check with your Troop/Crew Advancement Chairperson as to the procedure for an "Out-of-Council Merit Badge Counselor."
Once you've jumped through all those hoops, please acquire a SIGNED "blue card" (merit badge application) from your Scoutmaster or Advisor.
AFTER you have a signed blue card, please email us, letting us know of your desire to earn this merit badge. You do NOT need to buy the merit badge book (#33360A), as you will be able to complete the merit badge without it. However, if you would like your own reference tool, it is available at your local scout shop. Just a word of warning though... It comes from the National BSA Headquarters, and therefore, is designed for use by EVERYONE across the country. It does not have a lot of specifics on the Northeast Woodlands (inspiration for Crew One). If you would like better "local" resources for the Northeast Woodlands, let us know, and we can recommend a few good titles.
As of September 1st, 1995, the requirements are as follows:
Here's what we recommend. These are just ideas to get you going in the right direction...
Requirement 1 - Pick a local or favorite tribe. Do some online research. "Google" them. There's tons of information out there on the world wide web. This piece of research does not need to be 28 pages long. Remember, teachers don't grade by rulers. One page of nicely researched information, organized and written well is MUCH better than 5 pages of slop!
Requirement 2, Part 1 - We have (or will have) choker and necklace kits available in our gift shop. If not, visit your local crafts store. (We recommend Wandering Bull. They have a great selection, and have been supporting Crew One for years). Often times they have kits ready to go. If not, purchase a few packages of "pony" beads, and bone hairpipe (here and here). Make sure you pick up some spacers and some sinew (Native American sewing thread) too. Feel free to add some wampum beads as well. Personalize it. Make it special to you.
Requirement 4, Part 5 - We love Native American stories. We recommend any of these books to finish off this requirement
We have Associate Advisors and Crew Committee Members willing and available to help you complete your Merit Badge. This should be a fun learning experience, and should NOT be the source of frustration. If you get stuck, send us an email, and we will gladly help you get un-stuck!
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