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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title Indian Lore” Merit Badge at the Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival
Location Boling Park 1098 Marietta Hwy Canton, GA 30114   Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
5/12/2018 11:00 5/12/2018 1:00
Open for Registration Last day to Register
2/16/2018   5/11/2018
(# badges a single scout can attend)
(cost to attend event)
(Who is invited)
1 $0.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Atlanta Area Council Troop

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
Advanced Computing INDIAN LORE 3A or B or C and 4A103527 Mr Dalton Smith 124634959
Indian Lore   3A or B or C and 4A10353 Mr Dalton Smith 124634959
Sponsor Information

~~~~“Far different from the   stereotypes or common images that are portrayed on film, on television, and   in many books and stories, American Indians have many different cultures,   languages, religions, styles of dress, and ways of life. To learn about these   different groups is to take an exciting journey of discovery in which you   will meet some of America's most fascinating peoples”.

This event was spotlighted in December 2017’s “Scouting” Magazine.



What to expect:

We will walk the festival and enjoy the Native American culture.

Indian Lore merit badge requirements

1. Identify the different American Indian cultural areas. Explain what makes them each unique.   We will discuss and learn during our tour.

2. Give the history of one American Indian tribe, group or nation that lives or has lived near you. Visit it, if possible. On our tour we will learn 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.

3. Do TWO of the following. Focus on a specific group or tribe. You will need to do A B OR C before or after the MB workshop.  We will not do it this day.

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 any Indian tribe, group, or nation.

d. Visit a museum to see Indian artifacts. Our festival will count as visiting a museum.

4.  Do ONE of the following:   We will learn 3 games that you can go back and teach to your patrol one to meet req “A”.

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


5: Do ONE of the following:   From all the choices we will do B at the festifal.

b. Sing two songs in an Indian language. Explain their meanings.


So you will leave with a partial still needing to do 3A or B or C and 4A.

We do this every year and it is awesome.


Counselor Information

Dress in comfortable shoes, and your troops Activity uniform (sometimes referred to as a Class B T-shirt.


We will meet right inside the gate right after admissions.  Look for the councilors in Field Uniform (Sometimes referred to as a Class A).

This would be a good opportunity for all scouts but especially the new ones who can learn about the merit badge process.  They will be exposed to Blue Cards, MB Councilors, and “fun with a purpose”.  You will also learn of the MB procedure of earning a “partial” and being required to work on one last requirement at home to be displayed at the hut in the future.

Choose between two days or times:

• Saturday May 12th from 11:00 to 1:00.

• Sunday May 13th from 1:30 to 3:30.

There is no cost for the merit badge just pay the cover charge to the event.

Adults (13 yrs and up)-      $15

Kids (6 – 12 yrs)-              $5

Children 5 yrs & younger-  FREE


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~~The powwow and festival will feature:


Native American dance competition for cash & prizes

Grand Entry will be at 1:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Feast for dancers and singers on Saturday only

Host Drum: Red Boys

Guest Drum: All native drums welcome

Emcee: Jody Gaskin

Paiute Fiddler: Arvel Bird

Warriors on horseback

Native film stars

Live American bison

Native American cuisine such as buffalo, roasted corn, Pima wraps, Indian

      frybread and more

Native arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, supplies

Hoop dancers, Aztec dancers

Tipis, wigwam and living Indian village and displays

Northern Plains' encampment

Primitive skills: flint knapping, fire-by-friction, hide tanning, and archery

Environmental and wildlife displays

Our friends from Save the Horses rescue group

Train Rides by Wayne’s Train

Kids activities and much more

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From Scouting Magazine December 2017

Treasure the tradition with the Indian Lore merit badge

?By Mark Ray

?Advancement & Awards, Boy Scout activities, Boy Scouts, Education, Intercultural activities, Life Skills, Magazine, Merit Badge Clinic, Merit Badges, Youth Development


Dalton Smith’s Troop 241 Scouts were volunteering at an American Indian festival in Canton, Ga., when he had an epiphany. The event, he realized, was more than just a good service opportunity. It was also a great time for Scouts to work on the Indian Lore merit badge. After all, where else could Scouts find dance competitions, crafts, skills demonstrations and representatives of multiple tribes all in one place at one time?

“Instead of the Scouts learning from a summer camp instructor, they’re learning from Native Americans who are passionate about their heritage,” he says.

Six years later, Smith runs the Indian Lore merit badge workshop at the festival each May for the Appalachian Trail District, part of the Atlanta Area Council. He says it’s a great way to leverage the event’s resources and introduce new Scouts to the merit badge process. Here are four tips for doing the same thing at festivals in your area.


Do Your Homework

Before Scouts go to the festival, Smith connects with individual exhibitors who can help teach specific requirements. He makes sure they understand the details of the requirements and tells them when to expect Scouts to arrive.

“Over the years, these exhibitors now are looking for these Scouts,” he says. “They now tailor their program to the Scouts because they know what the requirements are.”

Counselors vs. Instructors

Smith doesn’t ask exhibitors to register as merit badge counselors. Instead, he sends small groups of Scouts around the festival alongside registered counselors.

“The majority of the instruction is done by the exhibitors, and the actual counselor is pretty much handling the procedural portion and just making sure that exhibitor is covering adequately that portion,” he says.

This approach aligns with the Guide to Advancement ( As page 50 explains, “it is permissible for guest speakers, guest experts or others who are not merit badge counselors to assist in the counseling process … under the direction of a registered and approved counselor who is readily available on-site and provides personal supervision to all applicable BSA policies and procedures.”

Partials Are OK

Smith’s program, which runs two hours per session, isn’t designed to yield completed merit badges. Instead, Scouts have to complete some requirements back home. For example, requirement 4a has them learn three games, which they can do at the festival, and teach one game to a group of Scouts, which they must do later.

“By design, the boys will leave with a partial to give the badge a little more credibility or substance,” Smith says.

Make Advancement Fun

To Smith, earning a merit badge should be as natural as getting a suntan when you go outside.

“We’re having fun, we’re learning and, as we go through it, the actual earning of the merit badge should just be the natural progression,” he says. “At the end of the day, my No. 1 responsibility is to keep you safe. No. 2 is to make sure you’re having a good time while you’re learning.”

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