Monon District | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Monon District of Crossroads of America Council

The Monon District of Crossroads of America Council serves 114 Scouting units located in Northwest Marion, Southern Boone, Hamilton and Tipton counties. These units have more than 5,400 members that are supported by 1,825 unit and district volunteers.


Thank you to our District Sponsor Gaylor Electric for your generous support to help ensure Scouting stays strong in central Indiana in 2021.


Upcoming Events

Inside the Wood Badge update that makes the program more ...

Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful organizations throughout the country. It provides participants with the tools to be well-rounded leaders. For all Scouting volunteers, the next Wood Badge course is April 14-16 & April 29-30, 2023.  REGISTER NOW


Calling all buccaneers, sea dogs and privateers to hoist the Jolly Roger for a weekend of swashbuckling fun!  Can you kick a cannon ball across a field?  Or save an injured mate after a battle? Will you dare to walk the plank? Leave those landlubbers behind and put on your sea legs. Grab your peg leg, parrot, and eye patch, and we’ll see you there!

Open to all Webelos and Arrow of Light youth and adult leaders.


Below you will find notable District and Council events. To learn more about events happening around the Council, click here to view the Council’s calendar.

  • (Various Dates) September – Cub Scout Fun Day – INFO
  • September 24, 2022 – Good Turn for Nature – See below for info
  • September 30 – October 2, 2022 – Fall Camporee – At Ransburg
  • October 3 & 11, 2022 – CAC Airshow Volunteer Rally – INFO
  • October 6, 2022 – Merit Badge Counselor Training – INFO
  • October 22 – 23, 2022 – Webelos Encampment – Camp Belzer  – INFO | REGISTER
  • November 3, 2022 – Merit Badge Counselor Training – INFO
  • November 12, 2022 – University of Scouting – INFO
  • November 12 – 13, 2022 – IOLS/BALOO – INFO
  • January 20 – 22, 2023 – Winter Camporee
  • March 18, 2023 – Scouting for Food
  • March 23, 2023 – Pinewood Derby
  • March 17 – 18, 2023 – Merit Badge University

    Session 1: March 17, Friday 6:30 pm-10 pm

    Session 2: March 18 Saturday 8:30 am- Noon,  

    Lunch: Noon – 1pm

    Session 3: March 18 Saturday 1:00 pm- 4:30 pm

    Location: Carmel High School Freshman Center


  • April 14-16 and April 29-30 – WoodBadge – REGISTER NOW
  • April 21 -23, 2023 – Spring Camporee
  • July 19 – 28 2023 – National Jamboree – INFO
  • October 27 – 29, 2023 – CAC Airshow/Fall Camporee – INFO

        First Sunday of the Month – Order of the Arrow Tahkwii Chitaneyo (TCO) Chapter Monthly Meeting – INFO

  • 7 Jan 2023Firecrafter Midwinter Dinner – INFO




Adopt A School Impact

Troop 56 Scouts helped out at Willow Lake Elementary, planting fall flowers and picking up trash!

Troop 202 Adopt-a-School at St. Elizabeth Seton preschool — moved and spread 40 cubic yards of mulch, weeded, cleaned up gaga pit, cleaned playground toys.

Fishers Troop 205 partnered with Pack 109 to
clean up and mulch the courtyard at Fishers Elementary!


Pack 134 at Towne Meadow Elementary


2022 Fall Camporee Leader Guide


27th Annual Governor’s Luncheon For Scouting

We are FIVE months away from the 27th Annual Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting on December 14, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium!
You don’t want to miss what we have planned this year.
To reserve a table, click here.

Merit Badge University 2023 Merit Badge Counselors Needed

Merit Badge (MB) Counselors are needed to teach the over 40 merit badge classes offered. If you would be available to assist with MBU,
we would love to have your help. Please email Laura Rushinsky


2023 Monon Merit Badge University

Carmel High School – Freshman Center – Enter Door# 13
520 E Main St Entrance 13
Carmel, IN 46032

March 17, 2023, 06:30-10pm
& March 18, 2023 8:30am-12; 1-4:30pm

The Merit Badge University is open to any registered Scout or Venturer working towards Scout rank
advancement. Tiger, Cub, and Webelos Scouts are not eligible to participate (if they will be crossing

over into a troop after the Merit Badge University).

• Prerequisites are required for many badges.
• There is an Online registration fee per Scout per session. Individual courses may have additional
equipment or material fees.
• Three sessions are available. Some merit badge classes span across 2 sessions.
Session 1: Friday evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Session 2: Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
Session 3: Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
• Lunch is available from Noon to 1 p.m. at an additional cost per person.
There are usually over 1,300 Merit Badge slots open and available for Scouts.
Registration is planned to open February 03, 2023
Den Chief Training – Den Chief Training is also scheduled to be available on Saturday during the

two Saturday sessions. Both Sessions are required for completion of the course.

How to Help
As always, we will need the support of adult volunteers and parents to make this the best possible
experience for your Scouts.
We are looking for adults who wish to donate their time to serve as Merit Badge Counselors,

Contact Laura R. (moc.stibsi@rkl) if you are interested in assisting.

Partial Merit Badges
The purpose of the Monon District’s Merit Badge University is to help Scouts along the advancement trail by
allowing them to get a good start on a merit badge. The program is NOT designed for Scouts to earn every
merit badge in each class they sign up for. Scouts that do not complete all of the requirements for a particular
merit badge at the Merit Badge University will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge
counselor approved for that particular badge back at their unit. The merit badge counselor instructing the

badge at the Merit Badge University may not be available to finish counseling the Scout.

Event Contacts

Laura Rushinsky
Monon MBU Coordinator


2023 National Scout Jamboree

Join the Crossroads of America Council’s Jamboree
contingent to attend this celebration of Scouting at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
Jamboree opportunities include:
• Rock climbing,
• Mountain biking,
• Global Development Village,
• Leadership Ridge,
• Canopy tours,
• Challenge courses,
• Merit badges,
• Military exhibits,
• Patch trading,
• Stadium shows
• Whitewater Rafting (add’I cost)
• and a whole lot more!
COST: $2130 per participant, Includes:
• Jamboree fee and food (10 days)
• Transportation between Indianapolis and the Summit Bechtel Reserve
• Jamboree Patch sets
• Duffel, day pack, and t-shirts
Scouts BSA members must be at least 12 years old and have achieved 1st Class rank by July 19, 2023 and may not have reached their 21st birthday by July 28, 2023.
Adult leader positions are very limited and specifically selected by the Jamboree Committee for their experience, training, and leadership skills. Interested parties should email gro.asbsdaorssorc@eerobmaj .
Jamboree Service team (staff) positions are available and can be applied for at the National Jamboree website.
Don’t miss out on this once-in·a·lifetime experience!



University of Scouting is the premier training event in the Crossroads of America Council, and is designed to supplement the educational experience for any Scouting leader.  On any average year the university offers 80 to 90 different courses. From outdoor skills such as teaching knots to group management concepts to help keep that unruly den of Scouts on task.  The University of Scouting has courses for first time leaders to experienced leaders planning a high adventure expedition.


Wood Badge draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful organizations throughout the country. It provides participants with the tools to be well-rounded leaders. For all Scouting volunteers, Wood Badge is September course September 9-11 & September 24-25. 2023 Wood Badge courses will open soon.

Basic Adult Leader
Outdoor Orienteering &
Intro to Outdoor Leader 

IOLS for the Scouts BSA Outdoor Program can be taken together with BALOO or by itself. BALOO is required training for Pack and Webelos Den overnighters.  IOLS is required training for Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters.

National Youth
Leadership Training

NYLT is an action-packed program designed to provide Scouts with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Most NYLT courses SELL OUT! So make sure to sign up ASAP! Youth in Scouts BSA and Venturers who hold a key leadership role in their home unit are encouraged to attend.

2023 NYLT courses will open soon.

Youth Protection Training

Two years ago, the new Youth Protection Training was released, and that means most of our volunteers’ YPT is or will expire over the next few months.

There is no “lapse” period for YPT, and it is an expectation that leaders maintain 100% YPT trained 100% of the time. So don’t let your YPT expire.

Don’t delay and renew your Youth Protection Training Today.



Training Required for Direct Contact Leaders
Our council requires all Direct Contact Leaders to be trained for their respective leadership role. Positions specific training is available at for Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Scoutmaster, Crew Advisors and their assistant leaders.

Learn More

COVID-19 & Scouting at Home

Click here for our CAC Reopening Guide for Units.

CAC Camp Facility Rental

Please read our FAQ on Camp Properties Reopening for information on limitations and changes to our properties and reservation process.

Reserve your Camp Facility Here


Roundtable is a monthly meeting for all registered leaders and parents to share best practices. Roundtable meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month and will be in a Virtual format for the foreseeable future. The link to join the virtual meeting can be found by visiting the Crossroads of America Council Calendar and clicking on the Monon District Roundtable Event for the given date.

District Newsletters

Below are links to the Monon District Newsletter. Please send any unit or community information that you would like posted in the newsletter to Jeff White, District Communications Chair.

Social Media

Stay in the know about Crossroads of America Council on Facebook.
Join us on our Monon District Scouting Units Facebook Community.
Find out new information on our District Facebook Page.
Don’t forget to to join our Monon District Roundtable Facebook Community


Our District is currently supported by the following people; however, new volunteers are always welcome! Please contact our District Executive to find out how you can become involved at the District level.

Professional Staff

District Director

District Executive

District Executive

Volunteer Leadership Team

District Chair

District Commissioner

District Vice Chair

District Vice Chair

Communications Committee

Communications & Public Relations Chair

Data Management Chair

Development Committee

Vice Chair – Development

Mark Keys

FOS Family Chair


District Popcorn Kernel

Korena Dearholt


Membership Committee

Vice Chair – Membership



Eric Sampson

Mike Rodriguez


Parent Orientation Champion

Dan Swain

Program Committee

Vice Chair – Program

Camping Committee Chair

Firecrafter Advisor – Currahee Ember

Andrew Bilby

Order of the Arrow Advisor
TCO Chapter, Jaccos Towne Lodge

Mark Baskin

District Chaplain

Religious Emblems

Training Committee Chair

Damon Heasley

Dave Yunker

Susan Wilson

Advancement Committee


Eagle Board Chair


Nancy Meyer

Ted Taylor

Activities and Civic Service Committee

Vice Chair

Mike Kolodkin

Camporee Coordinator

District Pinewood Derby Coordinators

Adopt-a-School Coordinator

Scouting for Food Coordinator

Good Turn for Nature Coordinator

 Paul Kovach

Mark Meier, Bill Buchalter

Kyle Heath

Joanne Burfeind

Doug Burroughs

Roundtable Commissioners

Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner


Scouts BSA Roundtable Commissioner



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