Support Youth in Your Community with a Scout Partnership
Scouting relies on community partners to enhance the program and provide more opportunities for our youth to learn and grow. There are a variety of opportunities to partner with Crossroads of America Council for a mutually beneficial relationship. If you or your organization is interested in partnering with Scouting in central Indiana, see below for contact information to discuss a potential partnership.
Activity or Program Partnerships
The Council partners with community organizations throughout the year to offer Scout units and families discounted and/or “behind the scenes” experiences at attractions and events. Activities range from educational STEM experiences to “Scout Night” at a local sports event.
An application process is required. Please contact the Program Department by email or phone at (317) 813-7125 for more information.
After School Program
The Council’s After School Program provides Scouting to youth in a non-traditional setting through trained program leaders facilitating weekly programming. Community partners are sought to provide leadership, materials, and program for youth to participate.
Contact William Etheridge, After School Team Lead, by email or by phone at (317) 813-7131 for more information.
Civic, faith based, and educational organizations operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large. More than 100,000 Scouting units are owned and operate by chartered organizations in the nation. Of these:
- 71.5% of all units are chartered to faith-based organizations
- 21.3% of all units are chartered to civic organizations
- 7.2% of all units are chartered to educational organization
The responsibilities of the chartered organization includes:
- Providing adequate meeting facilities
- Providing quality leadership for the Scouting unit
- Appointing a chartered organization representative to coordinate all Scouting unit operations within the organization
Civic, faith-based, and educational organizations operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large. The responsibilities of the chartered organization are to provide adequate meeting facilities, provide quality leadership for the Scouting unit and appointing a chartered organization representative to coordinate all Scouting unit operations within the organization.
If your organization is interested in becoming a chartered organization, contact us by email or by phone at (317) 813-7125.
Exploring is a career education program with a purpose to provide experiences to help young men and women identify career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment. Businesses and organizations initiate a specific Career Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interested of youth in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.
If your organization is interested in Exploring, contact us by email or by phone at (317) 813-7125 for more information.
STEM Scouts is a national pilot program focused on fun ways for girls and boys to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on activities led by STEM professionals. Through weekly meetings and four-to-six week modules that cover a variety of disciplines, STEM Scouts is designed to be fast-paced, thought-provoking and fun.
Contact Spencer Brink, Workforce Readiness Director, by email or by phone at (317) 813-7078 for more information.
Catholic Committee on Scouting
The Catholic Committee on Scouting-Indianapolis is a group liaison with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, serving youth in all forms of Scouting. Click here to view the committee’s contact information.
Jewish Committee on Scouting
The Mission of the Jewish Committee on Scouting is to support the Jewish Community in Scouting, helping youth and families to pursue their Jewish Religious Emblems, and encourage young Jewish youth to join Scouting in their community. Click here to learn about Scouting for Jewish Youth.
The Sustainability/Conservation Committee provides the council with technical assistance and expertise regarding matters of ecology, conservation, and resources management to guide policy making and operational decisions regarding the management of the council’s natural and cultural resources, promotion of conservation-related training, and advancement of conservation programs.
The Training Committee ensures that that all leaders our trained to carry out their responsibilities and learn the skills of leadership needed to impact our youth including training beyond the “basics”—training that will make our program more meaningful for youth and adults.
Helping others is one of the fundamental values of Scouting and allows Scouts to see the value to contributing to their community. Organizations and groups seeking volunteers to assist with projects or events are encouraged to contact us. Furthermore, the Council has service opportunities and team-building activities for organizations and groups seeking an organized staff/team activity day.
Contact the Program Department by email or phone at (317) 813-7125 for more information.
District Sponsor – $5,000
- Two seats at the Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting
- Business logo prominently displayed on all district emails from Scout Office
- Business logo and website URL distributed monthly in the district e-newsletter
- Business logo prominently displayed in the district’s section of the Crossroads of America Council website
- Business banner (provided by your business), displayed at all district events
- Products or promotional brochures (provided by your business) handed out at monthly leadership meetings.
Click here to locate your District Executive to get started.
District Membership Sponsor – $2,500
- Business logo on and website URL will be distributed monthly in the district e-newsletter
- Business logo displayed on membership fliers handed out to every kindergarten through 5th grade student in the service area
- Business logo and sponsorship promoted on district Facebook page at least twice from May to October
- Fliers or promotional business brochures provided by your business included in district new leader welcome packets this fall
Click here to locate your District Executive to get started.
Merit Badge Sponsor – $1,000
Scouting prepares youth for success in life by offering over 130 merit badges which allows our youth to explore a variety of subjects from Astronomy to Woodworking. By sponsoring the Merit Badge of your choice you will be providing life-changing programs, character development and helping to build leadership skills in young people.
The Council is actively involved in several strategic partnerships with area organizations such as Marian University, Your Life Matters Initiative, Indy Do Day and many more. Partnerships range from media and event sponsorship/participation to research and programming.
Contact the Marketing & Public Relations team by email for more information.