Community Activities in Crossroads of America Council
Community Camp at Camp Belzer
Community Camp is a day camp offered to boys and girls, ages 6-11.
The camp is held in conjunction with Cub Scout Day Camp and offers youth an opportunity to experience activities pertaining to STEM, sustainability, physical fitness/healthy living initiatives, and the outdoors.
Questions? Email our office with additional questions or call (317) 813-7123.
Does my family have to be in Scouting to attend Community Camp?
Community Camp is open to non-Scouting AND Scouting members! Community members can experience the same tried and true outdoor program that we provide to our Scouting families, held at one of the best camp facilities in the Midwest. Belzer is an accredited camp with staff members trained to provide your child with an outstanding experience.
If your family is already in Scouting, Community Camp might be a good fit for your Scout, as well. If your Scout is unable to attend Belzer Day Camp with their pack due to scheduling conflicts, Community Camp gives them the opportunity to still enjoy day camp this summer. If your Scout would like to attend day camp for a second or third week, Community Camp is a great option, as well.
When is Community Camp held?
There are two week-long sessions during the summer of 2019. Camp hours are Monday through Friday 8:15 am – 4 pm. Extended programming is available until 5:30 pm, for an additional $30/week.
|Session 1||July 8 – July 12, 2019|
|Session 2||July 15 – July 19, 2019|
Where is Community Camp held?
Community Camp is held at Camp Belzer, a 100 acre facility conveniently located on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The address is 6102 Boy Scout Road, Lawrence, Indiana 46226.
Why should my child attend Community Camp?
Community camp allows youth to make friends in their community, work on life-skills (teamwork, communication, and trust) while making life-long memories and having unique experiences. Siblings, Scouting friends, and non-Scouting friends are all welcome to attend too!
What should my child bring to Community Camp?
A hot lunch is included each day. Each child will also need to bring a completed health form on the first day. Belzer has three swimming pools to accommodate all swimming abilities. Your child will swim most days, so be sure that they bring a swim suit and towel. They will also want to bring a water bottle, sun screen and bug spray (non-aerosol, please). A trading post is available featuring snacks, souvenirs, and T-shirts, if you wish to send any spending money.
How much does Community Camp cost?
Camp fees are listed below. In addition, please see the information on our Camp Scholarships.
Register by 5/29/19
Register by 6/30/19
Register after 6/30/19
|Cub Scout Youth||$170||$195||$205|
|Cub Scout Youth (with extended day)||$200||$225||$235|
|Community Youth (with extended day)||$215||$240||$250|
Forms & Resources
The Crossroads of America Council offers a camp scholarship program where partial camp fees are awarded to youth who wish to go to camp but are unable to pay the full cost. Camperships can be awarded for up to 50% of the early program fee.
Campership applications must be submitted by June 1, 2018, to be considered for the full value of the award. Requests submitted after the first of June, will still be eligible to receive a reduced level of support.
Helping others is one of the fundamental values of Scouting and allows Scouts to see the value to contributing to their community. Scouts and units are encouraged to participate in community service activities regularly including those offered by the council, district or unit.
HOW TO: Record Service Hours (BSA) Video
Council Sponsored Community Service Events
The council sponsors a variety of community service activities throughout the year by partnering with local organizations. All units are encouraged to participate in these events. In addition to performing a good deed, hours served count towards your unit service hours and can be entered via the button above.
Kroger Scouting For Food
March 30 – April 28, 2019 – Extended
Register here to collect food at your local Kroger store on Saturday, April 27. Shift times are 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. You can sign up for one or both time slots.
Scouting for Food is a national Boy Scouts of America community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in local communities. Crossroads of America Council participates in this annual spring food collection program with all proceeds staying in central Indiana. In partnership with Kroger of Central Indiana, Scouts collect approximately 75,000 pounds of food through door-to-door collection or pre-packaged grocery bags in participating central Indiana Kroger stores. This campaign generally occurs between the months of March and April. Units can pick the time that best fits their calendar during this time frame and can submit for the participation patch at anytime with the link provided. Participation in Kroger Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.
Good Turn for Nature
September 28th – October 27, 2019
In its early days, Scouts “played games, went on hikes and learned stalking and pioneering”. We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Children of Indiana Nature Park that aligns with our history, helping connect Scouts to our nature world.
For a second year, our council community service project will be Good Turn for Nature. The Children of Indiana Nature Park and its partners will provide opportunities to engage Scouts in hands-on conservation activities and raise awareness about caring for Nature with the next generation.
Units can participate, starting in one of two ways:
- Complete the Good Turn for Nature Commitment Form and submit it to Stephanie at email@example.com. The Good Turn for Nature team will then match you with a host as close as possible to your desired location and project.
- Already have a local park or nature preserve contact? Great! Make plans for a “caring for nature” service project and create your own event. Please complete the commitment form and submit to Stephanie.
The Good Turn for Nature Team will provide Nature IN-Deeds for your unit prior to the event.
Host locations (more coming soon)
Shades State Park
Turkey Run State Park
Cope Environmental Center
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Greenfield Parks and Recreation
Marian University Nina Mason Eco Lab
Terre Haute Parks and Recreation
Bitternut Woods Nature Preserve
Partners – The Nature Conservancy, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Cope Environmental Center, and Bicentennial Nature Center Network members
Local Community Service Organizations
There are a number of great civic organizations in Indiana that could use the help of some great Scouts who are looking for service hours and projects. Please check out the organizations below to see if there is one that you would like to support.
Pack Away Hunger
Pack Away Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. The lack of proper nutrition creates serious health and developmental consequences for individuals and has far reaching implications for communities. In the United States, 15.8 million children do not have regular access to healthy meals. In developing countries, one out of six children – roughly 100 million – is underweight, the result of acute or chronic malnutrition.
If you would like to sponsor an event, please visit their website.
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is part of the Feeding America network of food banks. Since it’s inception, Gleaners has distributed over 360 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to nearly 600 hunger relief agencies and partners serving Hoosiers in need. In addition to food distribution to agencies, Gleaners serves most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as the BackSacks; Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Pantry, Mobile Pantry, Summer Meals for Kids, and Senior Hunger Initiative Programs.
The White River Alliance
In 2010, the White River Alliance teamed up with a few key watershed partners to implement the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign, a unique strategy to increase awareness and knowledge about residential yard choices and their impacts on water quality in our watersheds. Water quality friendly lawn care includes practices such as using phosphorus-free fertilizer, landscaping with native plants, managing yard and pet wastes, and properly maintaining septic systems. The focus began in Indiana but is spreading across the country.
To learn how to become involved, please visit the Clear Choices Clean Water website.
SAWs – Servants At Work, Inc.
Building Freedom One Ramp at a Time
SAWs®, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that builds wheelchair ramps to provide persons with disabilities and conditions of aging with the freedom to remain in their homes and reconnect with their communities. SAWs also provides meaningful experiences for volunteers that can be life changing for them as well as for the ramp recipient and their caregivers. Overcoming their activity impediments allows people to “age in place” and remain in their homes.
SAWs is a faith-based, ecumenical ministry that welcomes all who want to share in our mission. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and every vocation imaginable. Men and women work to provide freedom to anyone who would otherwise be trapped by everyday obstacles and financial circumstances. Building a SAWs® ramp begins well before a single board is cut. There are many ways to volunteer, some of which can be done from the comfort of your home. Help is needed for activities such as administration, client interviews, site surveys, grant writing and fundraising.
If you would like to get involved or if you just like to build stuff, register and they will surely contact you. If your group or organization would like to sponsor a service project both financially as well as with volunteers, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (317) 844-7664. We will help you arrange an event.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Each year, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful supports an average of 500 community improvement projects with more than 30,000 volunteers. For the past three decades, we’ve partnered with neighborhoods, the public sector, and Indianapolis community groups and businesses to achieve our vision for a beautiful city.
If your Scouts are interested in getting involved, please check out some of their programs through their website.
Hoosier Hikers Council
Since 1995, the Hoosier Hikers Council has been building, repairing, and maintaining hiking and running trails in the state of Indiana. They provide maps and information for hikers, backpackers, and runners to assist in the use and enjoyment of Indiana trails. The work of their organization is sustained by supporters and volunteers who are motivated by the opportunity to give back to the trails they love to hike or run.
If your Scouts would like to commit some service hours to trail work and improving the hiking trails around Indiana, please visit their website.
NeighborLink Indianapolis is a private nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs and related services to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities within Marion county, Indiana. They have one mission- to allow seniors in need to stay in their own homes safely and with dignity.
If your Scouts would like to help through their time or talent, please visit their website.
Community Partner Activities
Crossroads of America Council partners with several community organizations throughout the year to offer Scout units and families discounted and/or “behind the scenes” experiences at attractions and events.
Families are welcome to attend events without their Scouting unit.
2019 Partner Activities
Ticket order deadlines vary by event. Registration information will be made available closer to each event date. Contact the Crossroads of America Council by email or at (317) 813-7125 for more information.
Indianapolis Indians vs. Norfolk Tides at Victory Field
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:15pm
Scout Campouts: Make lasting memories with your Scouts when they spend the night camping on a professional baseball field. Scouts attending will enjoy an Indians baseball game, receive a 2019 Scout patch, watch a movie on Victory Field’s video board, get a snack, and camp out on the perfectly groomed outfield.
***In case of inclement weather, the campout may be moved to the concourse. In case of severe weather, the make-up date is Friday, June 14, 2019.
May 18, 2019, 9AM – 2PM
Teams compete to design and build a cardboard body to fit on our pre-built push cart chassis to race in cardboard alley!
9 AM: Teams learn how to decorate their car
10 AM: Teams complete their push carts
Noon: Lunch on your own/Carts moved to track
1 PM: Racing heats
2 PM: Award ceremony
Cost is $50.00 / team. Tickets are available at indianamuseum.org/cardboard500 or by calling 317-232-1637.
Symphony on the Prairie
Friday, June 14, 2019
Scouts (18 & younger) in uniform who bring a 16oz package of pasta to donate to Second Helpings will be admitted to the Symphony on the Prairie concert for FREE on Friday, June 14 and will enjoy the Music of Queen!
***Accompanying adults must purchase a ticket.
Indianapolis AlleyCats – Scouting Day
Sunday, July 14, 2019 – 4PM – Grand Park in Westfield, IN
Come participate in an Ultimate Disc clinic before the game, receive an AlleyCats gift and join members of the team for dinner at the Stacked Pickle following the game. (Food and beverage at your own cost.)
Scouts attend for free when attending with a paying patron ($9.00).
Noblesville Parks and Recreation Classes
Various Dates and Times / September – December 2019
Join us on Saturdays, this Fall, for fun and learning. Here is a list of classes. To view event dates, class descriptions and to register click here.
Tigers in the Wild
Games Tigers Play
Curiosity, Intrigue & Magical Mysteries
Make it Move
Running with the Pack
Registration will close at the end of day, the Thursday before the class.
Scouts and adults are welcome. Fees vary depending on the class.
Merit Badge and Advancement Activities
Throughout the year, Crossroads of America Council will host several merit badge and rank advancement opportunities for youth in Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts. Many of these are offered in conjunction with Community Partners such as Microsoft and the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, to name a few. Check back often as new activities will be added frequently.
Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Workshop at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Various Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
What does it mean to be a Citizen? Did you know that President Benjamin Harrison is the reason you recite the Pledge of Allegiance and your school flies the US flag?
Join us to learn and find out the answers at the home of Indiana’s only US president. The registration deadline is at the end of the day the Thursday before the event.
Cost is $20 per Scout. To view the event dates and register click here.
To print flyer, click here.
Address: 1230 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Horsemanship Merit Badge at
Havens Hope Ranch and Stables
May 11 and June 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Join us at Havens Hope Ranch and Stables to learn about horses, gain exposure to horses and ride time. Cost is $25 per Scout.
Address: 4445 W. Smokey Row Road, Greenwood, IN 46143
Animal Science Merit Badge – June 1
at Havens Hope Ranch and Stables
Join us at Havens Hope Ranch and Stables to learn about animal science. Course will last for one hour and start immediately after the Horsemanship course.
Cost is $25 per Scout. To register, click here.
Contact Diane Harter at email@example.com for more information.
Address: 4445 W. Smokey Row Road, Greenwood, IN 46143
Mining in Society & Geology Merit Badge Workshop at
Martin Marietta North Indianapolis Quarry
June 15 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Check in begins at 8:30 am)
Join the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association for a fun, educational day and complete requirements for both merit badges. Scouts will get to tour an active mine and learn from many industry professionals.
Registration closes by end of day on June 12th. Limited to the first 25 scouts.
Cost is $20 per Scout and lunch will be provided.
For more information, please contact Katie Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-580-9100
Address: 5239 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (On the south side of the intersection of Hazel Dell Parkway and 96th Street)
Outrun The Sun – Calling all Sun Safety Advocates!
Sun Safety Patch
Your skin is your body’s coat. It protects you from cold and heat. It keeps your insides in and the bad stuff—like germs—out. Did you know that your skin is your largest and fastest-growing organ? It’s important to take care of your skin by protecting it from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds. Over exposure to UV can cause skin cancer, the most prevalent cancer in America. Outrun the Sun, Inc., a nonprofit organization supporting sun safety and skin cancer prevention, is offering Boy Scouts of America a new Sun Safety Patch. You can earn this special patch by being a sun safety advocate. Learn ways of protecting your skin and also teach others through hands-on activities and social media!
To learn more click here. Cost: $5 per scout, $5 per adult
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