Keeping Scouts Safe in Central Indiana
Crossroads of America Council is committed to delivering safe and high-quality programs for more than 35,000 Scouts and their families across 26 counties in Central Indiana. Our Council continues to be at the forefront in independently providing a values-based program that develops the character, ethical behavior and leadership skills of youth.
Boy Scouts of America has some of the strongest barriers to child abuse found in any youth-serving organization and we are continuously taking proactive measures to safeguard youth. We require two registered adult leaders on all trips and outings, and we do not permit one-on-one contact between adults and youth members. Additionally, the Crossroads of America Council conducts background searches on all adult volunteer applications and requires all registered volunteers complete youth protection training every two years.
Youth safety requires sustained vigilance by parents, volunteers, and the community, especially youth serving organizations. The Boy Scouts of America will continue to work every day to protect children through mandatory policies and procedures at every level of our organization.
What Do I Do If I Suspect Abuse?
- Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
- Child abuse or medical emergencies? Call 911. Contact the Indiana Child Protective Services at 800‑800‑5556 if abuse is in the home or family.
- Notify the Deputy Scout Executive at 317‑813‑7099.
Questions? Call the Scouts First Helpline at 844‑726‑8871 or our office at 317‑813‑7125.
Training for Youth & Adults
Over the past two years, Boy Scouts of America has worked with experts in the field of child abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment to develop new training and resources that will further strengthen our ability to protect youth. The Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Training is mandatory for all registered adult leaders in all BSA programs. All adults and parents participating in Scouting are strongly encouraged to take this 90 minutes online training; however, you do not have to be a member to take it.
Thanks to the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation, there is also a “Protect Yourself” training for our youth members that helps them recognize, respond to and report abuse.
Know the Facts
The safety and protection of children is the most important priority of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Today, the BSA has a multi-layered process of safeguards that serve as barriers to abuse, including:
- Criminal background checks for all volunteers
- Mandatory ongoing youth protection training for all volunteers, along with educational materials for parents and Scouts
- A prohibition on one-on-one contact between adults and youth – either in person, online, or via text
- The Volunteer Screening Database, a tool the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for all youth-serving organizations, which prevents individuals who were removed from Scouting from re-registering
- Prompt mandatory reporting to law enforcement of any allegation or suspicion of abuse
- A 24/7 helpline (1-844-SCOUTS1 or 1-844-726-8871) and email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to access counseling and help to report any suspected abuse or inappropriate behavior