Additional Programs & Trainings | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Additional Programs & Trainings for Crossroads of America


Chartered Organization Representatives

Training for the chartered organization representative (COR), available online at or presented by the district or council, will give the participant an understanding of the important role they play in the organization of the Boy Scouts of America. Topics included in this two hour training include: how Scouting operates, duties, the district committee, and case study problem solving.

No dates scheduled at this time.

Committee Challenge (Pack/Troop/Crew/Post)

The Committee Challenge training has been developed to help Committee Members better understand their roles and responsibilities Through hands-on experiential learning, this training will also enable Committee Members to better deliver the promise in support of the unit. Available online at

CPR/AED Courses

Any individual wishing to become CPR & AED Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.

January – December 2020 – Golden Burke Scout Center, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Fee $20.00

First Aid Courses

Any individual wishing to become First Aid Certified. You will receive your ECSI Certification via email after completion of course.
January – December 2020 – Golden Burke Scout Center, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Fee $20.00

Hazardous Weather

Effective April 30, 2018 new direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training to be considered position trained. Online training

Leave No Trace Trainer

Training for front country for Cub Scouts, backcountry for youth in Scouts BSA, and wilderness for older Scouts. Training for teaching BSA-LNT 101 & other courses. Backpacking overnight with LNT cooking. Introduction to Outdoor Ethics & Tread Lightly. Open to adults and scouts 14+ with approval of SM/Advisor. Graduates fully meet BSA “Leave No Trace Trainer” National Camp Standard and youth qualify for Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in Troop, Team or Crew.

Outdoor Ethics Guide Course

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

This course is a two-weekend version of a five-day course that trains passionate individuals to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators. Master Educators work with their council’s outdoor ethics advocate to provide Leave No Trace Trainer, and outdoor ethics awareness courses.

No dates scheduled at this time.

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Guide, Tread Lightly, Land Ethics Course for 12 yrs & above/adults

Click link below for online training:

Outdoor Ethics Guide Course

Tread Lightly Trainer Course


Marlinspike Skills

Join us at Marlinspike Skills to learn how to tie some of the most interesting and decorative knots that you will ever see, including the Monkey’s Fist and Turk’s Head Knots, along with many practical knots. This adult only course offers hands-on instruction by the council’s best teachers for knots and rope work. Register and view the flyer.


Merit Badge Counselor Training Courses

This is a one hour training provided to adults that wish to teach scouts one of the over 100 merit badges offered.  You will learn how to guide, and enable a scout how to complete a merit badge.  Also, understand how Youth Protection Training connects to being a merit badge counselor. There is an web based training offered under the online training page or you can attend one of the monthly MBC trainings offered at the Golden Burke Scout Center, please check the council calendar.

Register for 2020 Merit Badge Counselor Training Courses

  • May 7, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher
  • June 4, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher
  • July 2, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher
  • August 2, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher
  • September 3, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher
  • October 8, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher
  • November 5, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher
  • December 3, 2020 / 7-8 PM, Golden Burke Scout Center, Instructor: R. Schumacher

NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training)

 NYLT is a six-day course for youth 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. Learn more on our NYLT webpage.
2020 DATES
April CourseApril 3-5 May 1-3 & April 17-19 May 8-10, 2020
With the current COVID-19 restrictions, we will be postponing the April NYLT training. The new dates are listed above. We will reevaluate on April 13th should additional changes be necessary
CANCELLED – June Course (week-long) – June 14-20, 2020
September Course – September 11-13 & September 26-27

Shooting Sports Trainings

NRA Basic Instructor Training (BIT) must be taken every 2 years to add a new discipline.

NRA membership is strongly recommended as this is a BSA – NRA training course. Contact Ralph Schuster for details of NRA membership & to join the NRA.

Successfully passing pre-qualification tests for each discipline are required of each candidate. Each candidate must demonstrate a knowledge of the firearms, their use, and operation. The candidate must provide documentation of shooting activity (i.e. Military Discharge – DD214, LEO identification, NRA Competition Rating, Hunter Education ID, NRA-Winchester Marksmanship rating, etc.).

These courses are for experienced shooters only. Persons without experience must complete NRA Basic training in the discipline and obtain proof of shooting activity prior to registering for any of these courses.

Sleeping is in bunkroom type cabins. No food is provided for the weekend. all participants are expected to bring or order their own food/meals.

The fee includes all course materials, use of firearms, targets, ammunition.

NRS Range Safety Officer, Basic Shotgun, Basic Rifle training
Ransburg Scout Reservation
NRA Basic Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, Rifle Instructor training
Camp Kikthawenund

Train the Trainer

The Fundamentals of Training, is designed to help Scouters, regardless of their experience, present effective training. The course will also help those who might have trained for other organizations learn the BSA’s training techniques. And, it will help freshen up the skills of current BSA trainers. Only practice can polish these skills, but this course is intended to “train the trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands on experience in methods and media.

No dates scheduled at this time.

University of Scouting

Every Scout deserves a trained leader. The University of Scouting, the premier training event in the council, is one of the easiest ways for adult volunteers to achieve this goal. This single-day training event is designed to supplement any leader’s training. Any Scout leader may attend. Learn more on the University of Scouting page.

Voyageur Canoe Training

Voyageur training is canoe use and safety training for Scouts and Scouters. This training covers Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, policy review, planning trips and tour permits as well as learning how to use a canoe. The Voyageur spring course is two weekends and takes place at Camp Belzer on the east side of Indianapolis utilizing the waters of Fall Creek and Geist Reservoir. The Voyageur fall course is a three day course for youth at Camp Krietenstein using their lake and the Eel River.

Only Voyageur trained leaders may rent council canoes and kayaks. For information on rental, visit our equipment rentals page or download the flyer below.

Out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with the recommendation of Governor Holcomb, the Adult Voyageur course and Paddle Craft Safety re-certification date for the spring of 2020 has been cancelled. In an effort support our adult volunteers and units around the Crossroads Council the Voyageur Program will:

  1. Convert the fall program to be an Adult Program. The Youth Program currently scheduled for September is being replaced with just the Adult program.
  2. Fully refund those who have already registered OR assign their payment to the fall course at the participant’s discretion.
  3. Critically, if there is a unit that feels it needs adult and youth training prior to a trek this summer the Voyageur Program will make every effort to arrange for staff members to assist those individual units at no cost to the unit. Several staff members have volunteered for that effort. The unit will be allowed to rent Voyageur canoes for that purpose as long as a Voyageur Staff member is assisting in that training.
  4. Any questions or requests should be addressed to:

David Bardos / Director, CAC Voyageur Canoe Training Coordinator / (317) 518-7215 /


Wilderness First Aid

The Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Wilderness First Aid course is for those who work, live or play in remote areas- away from the usual EMS service. Even though the emergency workers near these areas may be trained to search for and rescue those in need, there may be a delay in the notification of assistance, the time required to get to the patient, or in moving the patient to more advanced treatment. Participants will learn components such as how to apply a splint and how to treat hypothermia. If you are attending a Scouting high adventure base, you will need to take this training. If your troop or crew is planning a high adventure outing, at least one member of the unit should be certified in this training.
2020 Training Dates: (Register)
March 13-14, 2020 – Ransburg Scout Reservation

April 17-18, 2020 – Ransburg Scout Reservation
September 11-12, 2020 – Ransburg Scout Reservation

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is the highest level of Scout leadership training and provides participants with the tools to be a well-rounded leader. Learn more on the Wood Badge page.

Youth Protection Training

Available online at

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