Community Partnerships | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

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. Contact the Camping Department by email or at (317) 813-7125 for more information.


After School Division

The council’s After School division provides Scouting programs 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.


Chartered Organizations

Traditional Scouting
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. 

Exploring
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. 

Contact Matthew Simpson, Exploring Executive, by email or by phone at (317) 813-7119 for more information. 

STEM Scouts
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 Waldman, STEM Program Director, by email or by phone at (317) 813-7078 for more information. 


Service Opportunities

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 Tucker Laprade, Director of Program & Camping, by email or at (317) 813-7084 for more information. 


Strategic Partnerships

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 Mary Owens, Director of Marketing & Public Relations by email or at (317) 813-7080 for more information.

Charter Organizations

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

Resources

The Boy Scouts of America national website provides a variety of resources for chartered organizations: 

  • Community 
  • Education Relationships 
  • Outdoor 
  • Religious 
  • Annual Charter Agreement Resources 
  • Chartered Organization Representative Guidebook 
  • Chartered Organization Resource Guide 

Council Committees

Catholic Committee
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.

Become a Chartered Organization

If your organization is interested in becoming a chartered organization, contact us by email or by phone at (317) 813-7125.

Merit Badge Sponsorship

District Sponsorship

Have a community partnership idea that does not fit into one of the categories above?