Boy Scout Camp
Camp programs use natural surroundings to provide youth with numerous opportunities to experience physical, mental, spiritual growth. The Crossroads of America Council maintains seven camps to support unit camping programs throughout the year as well as with our top-of-the-line summer camp programs.
Summer camp information can be found here. For information on troop camping throughout the year, please visit the page highlighting all of our year-round camping opportunities. For more information on any of our camping programs, please contact the council office at (317) 813-7067 or by email.
Summer camp is what many Scouts enjoy most about Scouting. Plan to attend Boy Scout Summer Camp in 2017 now. Our camps provide unique adventures such as sailing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, STEM activities, shooting sports, fishing, climbing and much more! Scouts will earn merit badges along their advancement trail while having fun. Click here for a video highlighting all of the fun of Crossroads of America Council Boy Scout Summer Camp.
Parents: Individual Scout registration is only available for Dan Beard First Class Camp, Baden-Powell Merit Badge Camp and NYLT. Registration for week-long resident camp is by troop. Contact your Scoutmaster for your troop's camp schedule and additional details. If your Scout cannot attend summer camp on his troop's schedule, he may attend either of our summer camps as a provisional Scout. Please contact our office for more details.
Baden Powell Merit Badge Camp (individual registration)
Baden Powell Merit Badge Camp, held at Camp Belzer, Indianapolis, has implemented many exciting changes for 2017. It remains a merit badge day camp that helps younger Scouts complete up to four unique merit badges in the summer, and earn partial credit on many others, with intensive classroom learning. Scouts may be required to complete prerequisites, take classroom notes and/or have out of class assignments to complete the merit badge requirements.
New for this year are experiences designed to get the Scout out of the classroom, while still working on merit badge requirements. On Thursday of each week, the Scout may elect to take a field trip or participate in a service project. The field trips vary each week. Over the summer, Scouts will have an opportunity to visit the Indiana State Police Museum, the Indiana State House, the Colts Complex, and other exciting locations.
Also new in 2017 is an all-day, outdoor adventure on Friday of each week. Scouts may choose to take a 10 mile hike, a 25 mile bike ride, a fishing trip, or opt to stay in camp to work on another merit badge.
Dan Beard First Class Camp (individual registration)
Dan Beard First Class Camp, held at Camp Belzer, Indianapolis, is designed for Boy Scouts who are working towards the rank of First Class. During the day camp, Scouts will have the opportunity to complete various requirements towards the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. Scouts attending Dan Beard camp will also earn the First Aid merit badge and Camper, the first rank of Firecrafter.
National Youth Leadership Training (individual registration)
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. This six-day course is patterned after a month in the life of a unit. Content is delivered in a group and team outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. NYLT will be offered at three different times during 2017. A spring course held over two weekends at Camp Kikthawenuend; a week long summer courses are held at Camp Red Wing, Muncie; and a two weekend fall course held at Camp Belzer, Indianapolis. Learn more on the NYLT page.
Krietenstein Summer Camp (troop registration)
Camp Krietenstein, near Poland, IN, challenges Scouts to find adventure, explore, make new friends, learn new skills and earn merit badges. The Adventure Base program consists of high adventures, rope courses and team building initiatives. Camp Krietenstein is accredited by the National Camp Accreditation Program. To see all of the exciting activities that await your troop at Camp Krietenstein, watch our 2017 promotional video.
Ransburg Summer Camp (troop registration)
Ransburg Scout Reservation, near Bloomington, provides unique adventures unlike any other camp. The climbing tower, C.O.P.E. course and robust aquatics program leave Scouts excited to return before they've even completed their week at camp. Ransburg Scout Reservation is accredited by the National Camp Accreditation Program. Watch our 2017 Boy Scout Summer Camp video to see all of the exciting activities in store for your troop.
Ransburg Campsite Map
Timber Stand Improvement
This past fall we completed a Timber Stand Improvement in conjunction with our Forest Management plan. This improvement has left us with a supply of wood on the ground that we could use help cleaning up.
Ranger Keith Korn will be doing a Chainsaw Training on Saturday April 1st for folks interested in learning how to safely operate a chainsaw on Boy Scout property. After the course participants, will be able to put their skills to use and cut and remove downed trees.
For more information, or if you are unable to attend on the 1st but would like to help, please contact Keith Korn at email@example.com.
Krietenstein and Ransburg Summer Camp Payment and Fee Schedule
|Payment Type||Payment Date|
|$150 Deposit - $50 site fee, $100 applied toward final fees||At time of reservation|
|$50 non-refundable deposit per Scout||January 15, 2017|
|Balance due for early fee||April 15, 2017|
|Balance due for regular fee||May 15, 2017|
|Balance due for late fee||Beginning May 16, 2017|
|Youth - early||$275||$300|
|Youth - regular||$295||$320|
|Youth - late||$305||$330|
Finances should never be a reason for a Scout not to attend camp. Crossroads of America Council offers a camp scholarship program where recipients can be awarded up to 50% of the early summer camp fee in exchange for performing an age-appropriate service project.
Camp scholarship applications can be submitted online beginning January 3, 2017 and must be submitted by March 1, 2017 to be considered for the full value of the award. Requests submitted after March 1st will still be eligible to receive a reduced level of support. Contact the council camping office by phone at (317) 813-7067 or by email for more information.
Camp Scholarship Application