Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader!

Studies show that Packs, Troops and Crews lead the way in every category when their Leaders attend training. Besides, where else are you going to find a large group of people to hang out with who think just like you do.....C'mon, get your feet wet and get in the action. Join us and get your training as soon as you can!

Leader Training Opportunities

Youth Protection Training

The safety of our members is our first priority. All BSA volunteers need to complete Youth Protection Training before becoming a leader. Also, new National Standards requires all adults attending camps with Scouts must be Youth Protection trained. Training must be retaken every two (2) years. Please click here to get started.

Merit Badge Counselor Training

It’s finally here! Online Merit Badge Counselor Training!

The Council Advancement and Training Committees have been working very closely these past several months to develop an online Merit Badge Counselor Training.

If you go to, a participant can open a PowerPoint program that will walk them through the MBC training. At the end, fill out a completion form which is all tracked locally. **Be sure you watch the presentation as a Power Point Slide Show or the link to the completion form will not work.**

If you want more information on the points in the slide, check out the presenter notes, but you will need to exit the slide show to do that.

2014 Fall Wood Badge

Thursday, August 16 - Saturday, August 18 and
Thursday, September 20 - Saturday, September 22

Weekend #1:
Ransburg Scout Reservation map
7599 W. Waldrip Creek Rd.
Bloomington, IN 47401

Weekend #2:
Camp Red Wing map
5757 E. Inlow Springs Rd.
Muncie, IN 47302

The object of a Wood Badge course is to demonstrate as practically as possible the aims and methods of Scouting. Six days in duration, the course is a multifaceted presentation of leadership skills, organizational tools, and participatory activities based on the best of Scouting traditions and the latest in team-development theory. Participants will also enjoy the fellowship of learning alongside many other volunteers and professional Scouters, and along the way have a great deal of fun.

Fall Course Flyer 2014 wood badge [PDF]

Get more information and register online

2014 Fall Voyageur Training

Saturday, September 6 - Sunday, September 7 and
Saturday, September 13 - Sunday, September 14

Taking your troop on a high adventure trek to the Boundary Waters or the Northern tier? Want to paddle the waters of the White River, Sugar Creek, or the Blue River? Interested in keeping older boys in the program? Get trained to help insure a safe and positive experience for you and your boys! The Voyageur Program, unique to the Crossroads of America Council, has been training adult leaders and youth in canoeing since 1960. Training occurs twice a year during a spring course and a fall course. The four day course is a Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends. A return for a fifth day in a future course will certify you as an “Instructor” and allow you to rent Voyageur canoes and trailers at a price that will beat any outfitter. All training occurs on Fall Creek and Geist Reservoir using Camp Belzer in Indianapolis as our base camp. The cost of the training is $79.00 which covers all food and fees. For additional information contact Dave Bardos, (317) 844-3223 or e-mail Get paddling! See you in September.

Certification in Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and Paddle Craft Safety, Canoeing is included.

2015 University of Scouting

The University of Scouting is one of the most important sessions offered by the Crossroads of America Council. It is a single-day training event designed to supplement any Scouter’s training. Although the University is the official training venue for district committee members, any registered Scouter may attend and pursue a degree. Leaders from every facet of Scouting are encouraged to attend.

The University of Scouting is based upon the BSA nationally recognized Four-Function Plan. The Four Functions of the council and each district are:

  • Program: Training, camping/outdoor, advancement, and activities/civic service
  • Unit Service: Commissioner service
  • Finance: including Marketing
  • Membership and Relationships

2015 information to be posted as soon as possible  

Additional information and online registration is available at the council University of Scouting webpage.

Council Training Information

Information for all training conducted by the council may be found at the CAC Council training page.

The Council Training Calendar lists all upcoming training being held by the council.

Learn all about the different training available here. Some training is now available online, too. Click on the item below to find out.

Council Training Contact:

Jay Soucy
Training Director
Crossroads of America Council, BSA
jsoucy at
Phone: (317) 813-7095
Fax: (317) 813-7126

If you don't know which training to take, please contact me or your In-Unit trainer, if you have one, and we will discuss your specific situation. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Also, check the Iron Horse District Calendar to find training opportunities.

"Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader"