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.
Supercross – Lucas Oil Stadium – Canceled
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 6:30pm
If you ordered tickets through the Scout link, you will be automatically refunded directly to the card you purchased with.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross is an FIM World Championship and has become the premier off-road motorcycle racing series on the planet. With the purchase of an event ticket, you will get a Scout patch.
Ticket prices start at $10. To order your tickets, please click here.
**Orders must be received by Feb 14, 2020 at 11pm EST. Any orders after that date will have to go directly through Ticketmaster.com.
For questions, please contact Anita Schroedle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scout Night with Indy Eleven vs. Louisville City
at Lucas Oil Stadium – Game Suspended
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:00pm
Come out and support the Indy Eleven for their regular season home opener. All Scouts in attendance will have an opportunity to come down to the field post-game for a penalty kick. Scouts also receive a special patch. Watch Video from Karl Ouimette, defender for Indy Eleven.
Ticket prices start at $15. Scouts, family, and friends are able to take advantage of this offer. To order your tickets, please click here.
This deal is only available online via this link.
For questions, please contact the Indy Eleven ticket office at
317-685-1100 or email@example.com.
Scout Night with Indiana Pacers vs. Magic
at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Game Suspended
Saturday, April 11, 2020 / Tipoff at 7:00pm / Doors open at 6:00pm
Come enjoy a night of basketball with the hometown team. This event will sell out, so don’t delay in getting your tickets. As a member of the BSA, you will get to shoot a free throw on the court after the game, receive a Scout night patch (same patch as the November game) and also receive a Chick-fil-A meal voucher to be redeemed at a participating location.
**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.
If you have questions, please contact Kalee Grant at 317-917-2824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STEM Day at Victory Field 2:30-5:00pm – Postponed
Indianapolis Indians vs. Toledo Mud Hens
Saturday, April 11, 2020 / game time 7:05 pm (gates open at 5:30 pm)
Join us as the stadium turns into the classroom when central Indiana companies demonstrate how their products are used in careers covering science, technology, engineering and math.
STEM Day runs before gates open to the public.
Fans who wish to participate only need to purchase a ticket to that night’s game. Use promo code ‘STEM’ to purchase your tickets.
To view the flyer, click here.
For tickets and information, please contact the Indians Ticket Office at (317) 269-3545 or email Tickets@IndyIndians.com.
Pinewood Derby at the Indiana State Museum
Race Day – Saturday, April 11, 2020
Fun Runs are Tuesday, April 7 – Friday, April 10 / 10:00am – 5:00pm
Come take part in Indiana’s second greatest spectacle in racing. The Pinewood Derby track at the Indiana State Museum will be rigged and ready for action as cars zip down the 125 feet of track headed for the finish line. Alumni derby racers can brush the dust off their own pinewood cars and new racers can fine tune their car creations, or borrow one from the museum’s line-up. Launch your car from the second story start line and experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in the quest to find car perfection.
Racing is open to the public, all ages, and is included in museum admission. Scouts and their families will receive a special museum admission of $7 per person during these special days.
The maximum number of participants is 150-200 racers.
For questions, contact Jessica Stephens at email@example.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.
Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Workshop at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Various Dates / 10:30am – 12:30pm
First class is on Saturday, February 15, 2020
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.
For more information, please contact David Pleiss
Address: 1230 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop at the Indiana State Archives
March 14, 2020 / 12 – 3:30pm
Earn your Genealogy merit badge with the help of experts at the Indiana State Archives.
Requirement #3 should be completed prior to the workshop.
* If the 5 Scouts minimum is not reached, the event will be moved to April 11.
For more information, please contact Keenan Salla
Address: 6440 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park
Various Dates / 1:00pm
The following classes are full: March 15 – Nature
April 5 – Plant Science, May 10 – Environmental Science
Join Dylan Allison, the interpretive naturalist at Fort Harrison State Park, for merit badge classes every month.
Advance registration is required. The cost is $10/Scout, payable at the park entrance. The fee does include the park entrance, however, if you have an annual park pass $7 is NOT subtracted.
Register by emailing Dylan Allison
*Please note, Scouts cannot be dropped off and left unattended with park staff. Parents/guardians must remain with their Scouts at all times throughout the duration of the program.
Address: 6000 N Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216
Classes are held at the Visitor Center
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.
Scouting For Food – Postponed
March 21 – April 25, 2020
Scouting for Food is a national Boy Scouts of America community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in local communities. The CAC is partnering with Kroger for this annual spring food collection program with all proceeds staying in Central Indiana.
During this time, Scouts will be delivering bags/stickers and then picking up the bags of food at a later date. Once food is collected, units are to take it directly to their food pantry of choice. At the end of the campaign, Kroger will have 4 locations where your unit can make a final food drop to donate the food. Stay tuned for Kroger locations and more specifics.
Please talk to your District Scouting For Food Chair or your District Executive to find out the dates your unit will be participating in Scouting for Food.
To make a commitment in joining our mission, please click here for the online form.
Participation in Kroger Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.
Good Turn for Nature – Council Fall Service Initiative
September 26 to October 25, 2020
Good Turn for Nature (GTN) aims to engage Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Venturers directly in acts of conservation. Scouts participate in outdoor activities at multiple sites across central Indiana,
learning about the importance of caring for nature while having fun and giving back to their communities.
The GTN team will match units with host organizations, and together they will plan the logistics of the project. Make a commitment today and sign your unit up.
Participating Scouts receive a Nature IN-Deed to their personal place in the Children of Indiana Nature Park. By becoming young
landowners, Scouts are empowered to care for their land.
List of host organizations coming soon.
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 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.
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.
|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
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.