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
STEM Fest – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, February 1, 2020 / 11:00am-2:00pm
You are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Indiana Pacers STEM Fest presented by The Lilly Foundation through this exclusive Scout Offer! Discover STEM through hands-on activities with local Indiana corporations, universities and non-profit organizations. Get a glimpse into how the Indiana Pacers use STEM in SPORTS.
Tickets start at only $12/person for the interactive STEM Fest and Pacers game. (Pacers vs. New York Knicks at 7:00pm)
**This event will sell out. Tickets will not be available for purchase on
the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Purchase tickets online at PACERS.COM/STEMSCOUTS
Deadline to order tickets is January 3, 2020
For questions, contact Taylar Kelso at 317-917-2964 or email@example.com.
Click here for flyer.
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.
**Extended Deadline – Orders must be received by January 5th.
Any orders after that date will not be accepted.
For questions, please contact Anita Schroedle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supercross – Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 6:30pm
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scout Night with Indiana Pacers
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Stay tuned for more details!
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.
Cost is $20 per Scout. Registration available soon.
To print flyer, click here.
Address: 1230 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Merit Badge Sundays at Fort Harrison State Park
Various Dates / 1:00pm
February 16 – Soil & Water Conservation
2020 monthly class schedule
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 DAllison@dnr.IN.gov
**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.
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
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 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 email@example.com, 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.