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Community Activities in Crossroads of America Council

Community Partner Activities

The 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. 

Most of these events are NOT official BSA or Council events, therefore BSA staff are not required to be present. The Community Partner is responsible for all event communication to participants and the activities. Many of these events are also open to the public.

Families are welcome to attend events without their Scouting unit.

Current 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.

Fall/Winter Community Partner Schedule Flyer

 

Indiana Pacers
Scout Night with the Indiana Pacers – Pacers vs. Magic
November 23, 2019 / Tipoff at 7:00pm – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Scouts and families are welcome to join us for a fun-filled evening with the Pacers.  By purchasing a ticket through this offer, you will also be able to shoot a free throw on the court after the game, receive a free BSA Scout patch, receive a Chick-fil-A meal voucher and have access to a Q&A session with a Pacers player after the game.

This event will sell out, so do not miss your chance! 
To order tickets, click here.  For flyer, click here.

If you have questions, please direct them to Kalee Grant at 
(317) 917-2824 or kgrant@pacers.com

**Please note, if you want to sit with your pack or troop, you must purchase the tickets all together. Otherwise, each individual order will be filled separately.

Lights at the Brickyard – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
November 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020

This holiday season enjoy a colorful display of more than three million bright lights as you drive through the IMS infield and historic oval, including the front stretch and world-famous “Yard of Bricks” start-finish line.
On select nights in December (13th-24th), fans can exit their car and visit three new experiences that will create a fun evening at IMS.

BSA members will receive 10% off their ticket price.  The special purchase code will be available soon, so please check back later.
**The discount offer can only be used online and will not be accepted at the gate.

For questions, please contact Lauren Guidotti at 
(317) 492-6511 or lguidotti@Brickyard.com

 

Breakfast with Santa
December 14, 2019 / 9am – Noon – Camp Belzer

As you are getting into the spirit of the holiday season, be sure to join us for Breakfast with Santa!  

The cost is $10 per person.  Children 5 years and younger are free.
To register, click here and to print flyer, click here 

For questions, please contact Reem Okar at 
(317) 813-7094 or reemokar@crossroadsbsa.org

Scout Night with Indy Fuel – Fuel vs. Kalamazoo
December 14, 2019 / 6:05pm – Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Plan to attend a fun evening with your unit or family cheering on your local minor league ice hockey team.  Scouts in attendance will receive a special Indy Fuel patch.  Also, they will have the opportunity to come down on the ice post-game and take a shot at hitting a puck into the goal! 

To purchase tickets, either complete the order form on the flyer or order online here.
**The deadline to order tickets is December 12.

For questions, please contact Steve Kuepper at 
(317) 800-6540 or skuepper@indyfuelhockey.com

Noblesville Parks and Recreation Classes
Various Dates and Times / September – December 2019

Join us on Saturdays, this Fall, for fun and learning.  Both scouts and adults are welcome to participate. Fees vary depending on the class.

To register, view event dates/times, and see class descriptions
click here. For the flyer, click here.

Tigers in the Wild                Roaring Laughter
Tiger Tag                              Super Science
Games Tigers Play               Running with the Pack
Germs                                  Motor Away
Make it Move                      Curiosity, Intrigue & Magical Mysteries

**Registration will close at the end of day, the Thursday before the class. For questions, please contact Thomas Barrington at thbarrin@crossroadsbsa.org

Scout Day with IUPUI Basketball – 
    Jaguars vs. UIC Flames
January 18, 2020 / Tipoff at 12:00pm – Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Scouts and families, join the fun at IUPUI’s Cram the Coliseum game.  Come watch as the Jaguars play their rival team UIC Flames.  Each Scout in attendance will receive an IUPUI patch and participate in a postgame layup line on the court. In addition, the top selling units will have opportunities to participate in a pregame high five line and post game meet-and-greet with IUPUI coaches and players
(based on availability). 

This game will draw one of the biggest crowds of the season,
so be sure to get your tickets today! Cost is only $6/ticket.
To purchase tickets, click here.  For flyer, click here.

For questions, please contact Lauren Gronke at 
(317) 278-2530 or lgronke@iupui.edu

Harlem Globetrotters – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
January 19, 2020 / 1:00pm and January 20, 2020 / 2:00pm

Scouts, families and friends join us for a fun and entertaining show that will create lasting memories.  If you love basketball and laughing, then this is the event for you; everyone is sure to have a good time! 

Scouts will receive a free Harlem Globetrotters patch, and the first unit to purchase at least 20 tickets to either show will be able to present the Colors during the National Anthem.

Save up to 55% per ticket! To purchase tickets, click here and use the access code CrossroadsAmericaGlobies
**Deadline to order tickets is January 10

For flyer click here

For questions, please contact Patrick Ward at 678-497-1878 or pward@harlemglobetrotters.com

Monster Jam – Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00pm  
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00pm

Check out the action as these 10,000-pound monster trucks come to town.  New this year, there will be a Scout discount for BOTH Saturday or Sunday.  With the purchase of an event ticket, you will get a Scout patch and an opportunity to buy a pit pass for the Pit Party.  

Ticket costs vary per day.  Please note, you’ll save more by going to the Sunday performance!  To order your tickets, please click here

**Orders must be received by December 17th.  Any orders after that date will not be accepted. 

For questions, please contact Anita Schroedle at aschroedle@feldinc.com

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 the Indiana State Museum and the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, to name a couple. Check back often as new activities will be added frequently.

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Workshop at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
October 12, November 16, December 7 / 10:30am – 12:30pm

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

Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park
Stay Tuned – The 2020 class schedule will be coming soon.

 

Community Service

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 to the left.

Camp Kikthawenund patch
Looking for a Service Project?

Camp Kikthawenund has several projects year-round. Check out the list of projects and the time of year they are available. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Todd VanHoover by email or (765) 552-7400.

Kroger
Kroger Scouting For Food 
Stay tuned for the 2020 Dates and Details!

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. This campaign generally occurs between the months of March and April.  Participation in Kroger Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.

Good Turn for Nature
Good Turn for Nature

Thank you to everyone who participated in the council’s fall service project.  We appreciate your unit’s involvement and efforts in connecting Scouts to nature.

This year 31 units volunteered at parks and nature centers across Central Indiana.  In addition, 20 host organizations offered their time and expertise to facilitate activities for these units.  The goal of getting Scouts outdoors, helping them learn about the importance of caring for nature and serving their community was certainly achieved this Fall.

Stay Tuned for 2020 Dates and Details.

Partners include: 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 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.

To help with Gleaners Food & Fund drive click here for their toolkit, and for a list of the most needed items click here.

The White River Alliance
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 info@sawsramps.org, or (317) 844-7664. We will help you arrange an event.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
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
NeighborLink Indianapolis

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.

Themed Weeks at Camp Belzer

Camp Belzer is excited to announce this new program being offered at Camp Belzer!

The theme weeks will be an opportunity for a child to learn and have fun in a very specific topic of his or her choice, whether a registered Scout or not. The themes change each week offering the opportunity to come again and again if the child so chooses.

Activities, Events & Programs

2ND THROUGH 4TH GRADES – All are invited to attend these educational and fun weeks. Activities and lessons will vary from week to week based on the theme. Each week will focus on getting out of the classroom and learning by doing. For Cub Scouts, if possible, we recommend still attending the camp of his or her rank to complete adventures. Theme weeks will be fun and educational but will not focus on Cub Scout Adventures.

5TH THROUGH 8TH GRADES – All are invited to attend these educational and fun weeks. Activities and lessons will vary from week to week based on the theme. The themes will be the same as the 2nd through 4th grades but will not be the same program. The activities and program have been specially designed to be fun and interesting to this age group. Scouts will be able to earn merit badges. While members of the community who are not Scouts will not be able to earn merit badges, they will be challenged to grow through the BSA Merit Badge Program.

Theme Dates
WILDERNESS WEEK June 8-12, 2020
STEM WEEK June 15-19, 2020
FUR, FEATHERS, AND FERNS WEEK June 22-26, 2020
AQUATICS WEEK July 6-10, 2020
SHOOTING SPORTS WEEK July 13-17, 2020

Forms & Resources

  • Health Form (new form available Jan. 2020)

Scholarships

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.

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