About | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

About Crossroads of America Council, BSA

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Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America serves the youth and adult volunteers in 26 counties in central Indiana. 
Our mission is to provide character development, citizenship training, and growth in physical, mental and spiritual fitness, to help create the next generation of leaders. 
Our program opportunities for young men and women, ages 6-20, include Cub Scouting, Scouts BSAVenturingExploringSTEM Scouts, Sea Scouting and Reaching for Tomorrow.

Vision Statement

Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America aims to beneficially involve every eligible child and his or her family in the fun and adventure of our programs.

We will provide extraordinary youth development programs that: strengthen values, develop leadership skills, provide lifelong learning and instill the habit of service to others. Crossroads of America Council will be widely acknowledged as a community and national leader in serving youth, families and neighborhoods.

This result will be achieved through the partnership of: (1) children and families, (2) strong community organizations, (3) committed, trained volunteers, and (4) districts, board and staff able to align community resources in support of Scouting and Learning for Life. 

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty To God and my country and to obey the Scout Law, To help other people at all times, To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Council Properties

The council has one office and four camps. Several of our properties and facilities are available to rent by all groups, organizations and individuals. Visit our Rentals page for more information.

Offices

Golden-Burke Scout Center

7125 Fall Creek Road North
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Phone: (317) 813-7125
Toll Free: (877) 925-1900
Fax: (317) 813-7126

Camps

Camp Belzer

6102 Boy Scout Road
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Camp Kikthawenund

7651 W 500 N
Frankton, IN 46044

Camp Krietenstein

6443 E County Road 575 N
Center Point, IN 47840

Ransburg Scout Reservation

7599 East Waldrip Creek Road
Bloomington, IN 47401

2021 Annual Report

Dear Scouting Supporter,

Reflecting back on 2021, one conclusion is clear to me: Our organization is blessed to have numerous people and things for which to be thankful.

Last year required us to focus as we found ourselves striving to regain another new sense of a new normal. We were purposeful in our approaches and thoughtful in our resource management to make the greatest impact in the communities we serve, through youth and families.

We are patriotic, faithful, active, confident, trustworthy, and adventurous in our approach and through all that we do. Crossroads of America Council was steadfast in these attributes, which led to membership growth, increased unit engagement and a continued record of fiscal health, growth, and stewardship.

Despite economic and health challenges, Crossroads of America Council continues to grow and make a measurable difference in the lives of young people. As a council, we are leaving no stone unturned so that we can keep moving initiatives related to youth in a positive direction.

I am most proud of two groups of people:  1) Our volunteer engagement and service, and 2) The leadership, guidance, positive mindset, and never-give-up mentality of our staff. Collectively, they all helped lead us to another great year of positive outcomes.

Looking ahead, 2022 is a year of structured focus on six main council objectives:  Volunteers, Membership, Annual Support (Friends of Scouting campaign), Unit Service, Camping, and Popcorn. All of these objectives will be accomplished through three focused approaches: All things membership (member participation, community partnerships and collaboration, and donor support), volunteers at all levels and of all kinds, along with solid, clear, concise, and purposeful communication.

“Scouting is the Compass for Leaders” will serve as our tagline this year. We must lead to make positive change collaboratively with other youth-serving organizations so that we can impact how Central Indiana will continue to attract and retain youth and families to live and thrive here. We must help make a difference in stomping out youth violence, mental health issues, food deserts and insecurities, and youth suicide.

This June, The Skip + Alex Lange Innovation Center (on the property of Camp Belzer, northeast Indianapolis) will open and serve as “the front door to Scouting.” Scouting’s activities and experiences here in Central Indiana allow us to further meet the needs of our school partners and community collaborators.

The future is bright, and our direction is focused. We have outlined the path to greater growth and impact.  Now is the time to seize the moment and take action. Thank you for engaging on this journey with us.

Joseph E. Wiltrout

Scout Executive/                                                                                                                                                  President & CEO

John Thompson
Council President

John Wiebke
Council Commissioner

Joseph E. Wiltrout

Joseph E. Wiltrout
Scout Executive/                    President & CEO

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