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. 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.

Chartered 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

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.

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

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 Matthew Walker, STEM Program Executive, by email or by phone at (317) 813-7112 for more information.

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.

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

Sponsorships

District Sponsorship

Please check back later for more information on how to sponsor a district.

Merit Badge Sponsorship

Please check back later for more information on how to sponsor a merit badge.

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 the Marketing & Public Relations team by email for more information.

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