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.


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


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

2020 Annual Report

Below you will find the 2020 Crossroads of America Council Annual Report, which highlights the unique year we just concluded. Throughout the challenges that 2020 presented, the Crossroads of America Council has been able to continue to bring Scouting to youth in central Indiana.
In the summer of 2020, the Crossroads of America Council decided to postpone summer camp. In lieu of summer camp, we created the Cub Scout Adventure Boxes and the Scouts BSA Summer Experience. Through this, we were able to keep both Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA active in Scouting even if they
didn’t meet face to face.
Our Council continues to implement the redevelopment of the camping experience that is offered through our camping program. The vision for our camp properties is well-defined and bright. In 2020, we broke ground on the Skip & Alex Lange Innovation Center at Camp Belzer and the new Belzer Maintenance Facility. The Council also rebranded the Indy Scout Shop into “Crossroads Outfitters” as
our retail arm, which will begin to take shape in 2021 and beyond.
We proud and pleased about the progress and support our Scouting community made in 2020 even though it was a year of many unexpected events. We look forward to what’s to come in 2021 and believe that we will continue to find new ways to serve our community and the youth in central Indiana.

John Thompson
Council President

Ronald W. Penczek

Ron Penczek
Council Commissioner

Joseph E. Wiltrout

Joseph E. Wiltrout
Scout Executive/CEO

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For more information regarding this year's recharter process, click here

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