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 20, 2019
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 – November 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.
In the Fall of 2019, our council community service project will be Good Turn for Nature. The Children of Indiana Nature Park and its partners – The Nature Conservancy, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Cope Environmental Center, and Bicentennial Nature Center Network members – will provide opportunities to engage Scouts in hands-on conservation activities and raise awareness about caring for Nature with next generation.
Units can select a location and time for their Good Turn for Nature service project from a list of available activities, whether it is an event with a specific date and time or a project where they can work with the host organization contact person to select a date and time. Or they can create their own Good Turn for Nature Event.
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.
Indiana Pacers STEM Fest – Pacers vs. Magic
Saturday March 2, 2019 – Doors open at 6:00pm, Tipoff at 7:00pm (Subject to change)
You are invited to participate in our fantastic Pacers STEM Fest through this exclusive Scout Offer! This event will sell out, so do not miss your chance to attend this great event prior to the Pacers Game! Each ticket includes a STEM Fest ticket AND a Pacers ticket!
The 2nd Annual Indiana Pacers STEM Fest is a family event designed to spark the curiosity of students statewide! Bring your family and discover STEM through hands-on activities with local Indiana companies, universities and non-profit organizations. Get a glimpse into how the Indiana Pacers and other local teams use STEM in SPORTS!
For more information and to order tickets click here.
***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.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 6:30pm
This is an exciting, racing sport with specialized high performance off-road motorcycles. See the best riders in the world fly over triples and go bar to bar racing towards a championship. Scout and Family prices start at just $11.00.
Orders MUST be received by FEBRUARY 14, 2019 at 11pm EST. Any orders received after that date will not be accepted.
THERE WILL BE NO ABILITY TO DO SCOUT PATCHES OR POSTERS FOR YOUR ORDERS AFTER FEBRUARY 14th THROUGH THIS OFFER.
For more information and to order tickets click here.
***Please note, seats are reserved. In order for a group of seats to be located together, you must fill out one form with one payment for the entire order.
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.
Indiana State Museum Upcoming BSA Programs
Indiana State Museum invites you to join one of their upcoming programs for the Scouts. During spring of 2019 you can attend Scouts of America Badge Day: Indiana Rocks!, Scouts of America Badge Day: Ecology & You, Geofest at ISM or Pinewood Derby® at ISM.
For more details and information click here.
To register, call the Indiana State Museum at (317) 232-1637.
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
(1230 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202)
Various Saturdays from 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 the end of the day on the Thursday before the event. Cost is $20 per Scout.
Horsemanship Merit Badge at Havens Hope Ranch and Stables
(4445 W. Smokey Row Road, Greenwood, IN 46143)
February 23, March 16, and April 27 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
Join us at Havens Hope Ranch and Stables to learn about horses, gain exposure to horses and ride time. Cost is $25 per Scout.
Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop at the Indiana State Archives
(6440 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219)
Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 12:00 – 3:00pm
Earn your Genealogy merit badge with the help of experts at the Indiana State Archives. Cost is $10.00 per Scout. Requirement #3 should be completed prior to the workshop.
*If the 5 Scout minimum is not reached, the event will be moved to April 6.
Surveying Merit Badge Workshop at Camp Belzer Activity Center, King Family Library Room
(6102 Boy Scout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226)
Saturday, April 6, 2019 / 9:00am – 4:30pm
Learn all about surveying from professionals and get hands-on experience with the equipment used in surveying.
* * Scouts attending should be familiar with basic geometry * *
Cost is $15.00/Scout. Pizza will be provided for lunch.
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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