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Scouts BSA Camping

Scouts BSA camping

Organized camping is a creative, educational experience in cooperative group living in the outdoors. It uses the natural surrounding to contribute to physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth. 

Crossroads of America Council offers a variety of year-round camping opportunities for Scouts from day camps and week-long resident camp to leadership-based training camp and camp staff. For more information on the council camping operations, please contact the Program Department by email or phone at (317) 813-7125.

Scouts BSA Camping

Camp programs use natural surroundings to provide youth with numerous opportunities to experience physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

The Crossroads of America Council maintains seven camps to support unit camping programs throughout the year, as well as with our top-of-the-line summer camp programs. 

Summer Camp

Summer camp is what many Scouts enjoy most about Scouting. Plan to attend a Scouts BSA Summer Camp in 2019 now! Our camps provide unique adventures such as sailing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, STEM activities, shooting sports, fishing, climbing and much more! Scouts will earn merit badges along their advancement trail while having fun.

Ransburg Summer Camp – 2020 Registration

Registering Your Troop for 2020! Registration for each week of the Summer 2020 season will open during the corresponding Summer 2019 week, on Thursdays at 7:00pm.

Troops in camp who would like to schedule time to walk the new campsite plan are encouraged to do so on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and as needed for the remainder of the week. A 2020 selection worksheet will be available at Ransburg and Kreitenstein for those units in camp. For the troops not on site this summer but planning to join us for summer 2020, our team is happy to facilitate a discussion of specific considerations and preferences your troop may need.

Ransburg Summer Camp
Ransburg Scout Reservation, 7599 E Waldrip Creek Road, Bloomington, IN 47401

Ransburg Scout Reservation provides unique adventures unlike any other camp. The climbing tower, C.O.P.E. course and robust aquatics program leave Scouts excited to return before they’ve even completed their week at camp. Ransburg Scout Reservation is accredited by the National Camp Accreditation Program.

Krietenstein Summer Camp
Camp Krietenstein, 6443 E County Road 575 N, Center Point, IN 47840

Camp Krietenstein challenges Scouts to find adventure, explore, make new friends, learn new skills and earn merit badges. The Adventure Base program consists of high adventures, rope courses and team building initiatives.

Camp Krietenstein was a fully accredited camp in 2018, and for decades prior, through the BSA’s National Camp Accreditation Program, and will continue to be accredited in 2019.

Baden Powell Merit Badge Camp
Camp Belzer, 6102 Boy Scout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46206

Baden Powell Merit Badge Camp is a merit badge day camp that helps younger Scouts complete up to four unique merit badges in the summer, and earn partial credit on many others, with intensive classroom learning. Scouts may be required to complete prerequisites, take classroom notes and/or have out of class assignments to complete the merit badge requirements.

Camp also includes many experiences designed to get the Scout out of the classroom, while still working on merit badge requirements. On Thursday of each week, the Scout may elect to take a field trip or participate in a service project. The field trips vary each week. Over the summer, Scouts will have an opportunity to visit the Indiana State Police Museum, Conner Prairie, the Indiana State Museum and other exciting locations.

On Friday of each week, Scouts can participate in an outdoor adventure. Scouts may choose to take a 10 mile hike, a fishing trip, or opt to stay in camp to work on a service project or another merit badge.

Dan Beard First Class Camp
Camp Belzer, 6102 Boy Scout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46206

Dan Beard First Class Camp, held at Camp Belzer, Indianapolis, is designed for Scouts who are working towards the rank of First Class. During the day camp, Scouts will have the opportunity to complete various requirements towards the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. Scouts attending Dan Beard camp will also earn the First Aid merit badge and Camper, the first rank of Firecrafter

National Youth Leadership Training
Multiple Locations

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. This six-day course is patterned after a month in the life of a unit. Content is delivered in a group and team outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. NYLT will be offered at three different times during 2019. A spring and fall course will each be held over two weekends at Camp Kikthawenund and a week long summer course is held at Camp Red Wing, Muncie.


If you would like assistance promoting summer camp to your families, we are here to help! The council offers tools that can assist you in preparing your Scouts and parents for summer camp including the following:

Forms & Resources


Finances should never be a reason for a Scout not to attend camp. Crossroads of America Council offers a Campership program where recipients can be awarded up to 50% of the early summer camp fee in exchange for performing an age-appropriate service project.

2019 Krietenstein and Ransburg Summer Camp Payment & Fee Schedule

Payment Type Payment Date
$150 Deposit - $50 site fee, $100 applied toward final fees At time of reservation
$50 non-refundable deposit per Scout February 15, 2019
Balance due for early fee April 15, 2019
Balance due for regular fee May 15, 2019
Balance due for late fee Beginning May 16, 2019
Fee Type In-Council Out-of-Council
Youth - early $295 $325
Youth - regular $315 $345
Youth - late $340 $370
Adult $140 $140
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