Programs | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Youth Programs Offered by Crossroads of America

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. We believe – and, through more than a century of experience, know – that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

Cub Scouting Program

Cub Scouting

A year-round, family-friendly program designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade (ages 5-10). Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development and personal fitness.

Scouts BSA Program

Scouts BSA

Designed for ages 11-17, youth in Scouts BSA learn responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.

Venturing Program


A high-adventure based program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. Its purpose is to provide positive experiences to help youth mature and prepare them to become responsible adults.

Exploring Program


A career development program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. Exploring units have a focus on a single career field, such as police, fire/rescue, health, law, aviation and engineering.

STEM Scouts

STEM Scouts

A new program focused on fun ways for young men and women, grades 3-12, to learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) using hands-on activities led by STEM professionals.

Sea Scouting Program

Sea Scouts

A program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 that promotes citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, and knowledge of maritime heritage.

After School Program

After School

A council specific program for youth in a non-traditional setting through trained program leaders facilitating weekly programming to help them grow into well-rounded individuals.

Reaching for Tomorrow Program

Reaching for Tomorrow

A character development program that equips at-risk and special needs youth with life skills to overcome life's challenges by providing grade-specific, character education and basic skills.

STEM in Scouting

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder for these fields through existing Scouting programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy a wide range of STEM-related activities in Scouting.
Nova and Supernova Awards
Engage Scouts in STEM by pursuing the Nova and Supernova Awards programs! The Nova and Supernova Awards programs incorporate learning with exciting activities that expose Scouts of all ages to STEM. All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks available in the council Scout Shop. The requirements can be completed with a parent or an adult leader as the counselor (for the Nova awards) or mentor (for the Supernova awards).
Microsoft Programming
The Microsoft store at the Fashion Mall in Indianapolis has partnered with Crossroads of America Council to host in-store STEM focused programming for Scouts. Scouts can choose from a variety of advancement based programming including: Digital Technology, Photography, and Movie Making merit badges for youth in Scouts BSA.
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