Programming

Cub Scout Adventure Boxes

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The Crossroads of America   is proud to excited to design and launch our Cub Scout Adventure Boxes.  Each rank specific box is filled with nearly everything you need to complete five elective Cub Scout Adventures at home and kickstart your Scouts advancement to the next rank this summer.

Within each box you will find a copy of the Scout Oath and Law, and other assorted items which will help you to complete the adventure requirements at home as a family.  Items may include craft kits, magic sets, and other small science equipment which makes shopping for supplies unnecessary. Each box also comes with activity specific written and video instructions so you can easily participate with your child.

Each Adventure Box is designed for one child and will be available for limited contact pickup at Camp Belzer in Indianapolis or shipped directly to your home after June 1st.

While these boxes are geared toward members of Cub Scouting, the activities involved are fun and available for all children!

Preorder yours today! Register Here

The adventures that come with each box will vary and a sample is below.

Tiger Adventure Box

  • Curiosity & Intrigue
  • Floats & Boats
  • Good Knights
  • Rolling Tigers
  • Sky is the Limit

Wolf Adventure Box

  • Grow Something
  • Collections & Hobbies
  • Finding your Way
  • Motor Away
  • Germs Alive

Bear Adventure Box

  • A Bear Goes Fishing
  • Beat of the Drum
  • Forensics
  • Marble Madness
  • Robotics

Webleos & Arrow of Light Adventure Box

  • Adventures in Science
  • Castaway Adventure
  • Into the Wild
  • Into the Woods
  • Yo-Yo Adventure

CAMP 2020 – no in person camp

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Summer Camp is one of the most exciting opportunities our members look forward to each year.

After reviewing our operations, we have determined for the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, staff and the extended community we will not hold camp in person for the summer of 2020. We know camping is an iconic experience, but the health and safety of our Scouting family is our top priority.

We are appreciative of the planning and preparation our Units invested to be ready for camp, and we are eager to partner with you to plan for future summers. To learn more, including a unique way our Scouts can participate in program activities at home, please view the video message from our Scout Executive Joe Wiltrout.

To continue program and advancement opportunities, we are excited to announce the launch of our Cub Scout Adventure Boxes and our virtual Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience. For Cub Scouts, each rank-specific box is filled with nearly everything their family needs to complete five elective Cub Scout Adventures at home and kick start their Cub Scouts advancement to the next rank this summer. For our Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience, each week Scouts will virtually participate in unique experiences, facilitated skill-building session, merit badges and more, all lead by dedicated Ransburg staff.

We will begin processing refunds for affected participants by May 15. You do not need to do anything to initiate a refund. Refunds are returned to the original payer and in the original form of payment.

To ensure our programs are accessible to all Scouts, we are reviewing scholarship opportunities and working to provide a list of community partners where resources such as internet and device access is available. We are also still evaluating which platform(s) will be used for virtual camp because we know that safety, security and ease of use is critical to ensure a successful and safe experience.

For more than 110 years, the Crossroads of America Council has been supported by dedicated volunteers and members with a passion for youth development and transforming lives. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to the Crossroads of America Council and our Scouts. We will keep in touch through email and social media to share the impact of Scouting in our community.

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Updates on Eagle extentions and more – from Byron on Scouting

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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.

During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes:

  • Time extensions for qualifying Scouts and Venturers working on the Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards. Local councils will have the authority to grant this extension through the end of September 2020.
  • The ability to accept electronic signatures for rank advancement and award applications — effective now through the end of September 2020.
  • An option to complete Scoutmaster conferences via videoconferencing. (Section 4.2.3.5 of the Guide to Advancement says Scoutmasters “should not” conduct Scoutmaster conferences online; it doesn’t say “must not.” The new COVID-19 guidance clarifies that this practice is OK, as long as Youth Protection rules are followed.)
  • An option for parents or other adults in a Cub Scout’s family to sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements — effective now through the end of July 2020.
  • An option for Scoutmasters to allow time missed during the COVID-19 outbreak to count toward requirements for participation and positions of responsibility.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Time extensions for Eagle Scout, Summit and Quartermaster awards

Normally granted only in rare circumstances, the BSA and its local councils will allow extensions for Life Scouts needing more time to finish their Eagle Scout requirements. The authority for councils to grant this extension is effective immediately and continues through Sept. 30, 2020.

Extensions also are available for Venturers needing to finish Summit Award requirements and Sea Scouts needing to finish Quartermaster Award requirements beyond their 21st birthday.

These extensions are reviewed case by case, and not all Scouts will qualify. To get an extension through a local council, Scouts must meet the following requirements:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the Guide to Advancement.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application.
  4. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st.
  5. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete Youth Protection training. Their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  6. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

A note for council administrators: Once the council approves an extension, the council’s administrator will need to go into Member Manager to activate the COVID-19 extension. This will automatically add the three-month extension and allow the youth to continue working past their 18th/21st birthdays. (They’ll still need to be registered as UP/VP after “aging out.”) This flag will then show on the member’s profile.

For more guidance for Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts advancement, read the complete FAQs.

Tread Lightly Trainer Course

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Tread Lightly Trainer Course

Saturday, May 9, 2020 (8:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Golden-Burke Scout Center

7125 Fall Creek Rd., Indianapolis 46256

 

Highlights Include:

Introduction on the Principles of
Leave-No-Trace, Tread Lightly, Land Ethics
Comprehensive Tread Lightly Training
Teaching Skill Training

Fee: $15.00/person (Scouts 12y with SM/Adv. approval or Adults)
This will cover:
TL Trainer Notebook
Interactive Outdoor Ethics Presentations
Flyers for your Unit
Lunch
1. Attendees need to take the on-line TL Introduction Course(20 min) before the course – https://tread-lightly.teachable.com/p/online-awareness-course
2. Join TL at https://www.treadlightly.org/join-tread-lightly by paying $25
3. Prepare a 10min. TL presentation* which they will present to the group

OUTDOOR ETHICS GUIDE COURSE & LEAVE-NO-TRACE TRAINER COURSE

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OUTDOOR ETHICS GUIDE COURSE & LEAVE-NO-TRACE TRAINER COURSE

Camp Red Wing

5757 East Inlow Springs Road

Muncie, IN 47302

May 1-3, 2020

MUST PRE-REGISTER & PAY NON-REFUNDABLE FEE BY April 1, 2020

Leave No Trace is an educational, non-profit movement dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. The Leave No Trace concept is one that crosses all boundaries of the recreation spectrum and is applicable for anyone who enjoys spending time in the out-of-doors. The idea is simple – leave the places you enjoy as good as or better than you found them. Both skills and ethics are involved, as well as good decision-making. If people do something, even something simple, to help take care of the recreational resources they cherish, we will all benefit. Cleaner water, less campfire impacts, fewer negative encounters with wildlife, less damage/loss of cultural and historic artifacts are just a few of the benefits of adhering to Leave No Trace. For more information about Leave No Trace, check out: http://www.lnt.org

This course will allow participants to learn and practice the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. This course will also focus on the effective presentation of these principles. The course will pivot between both classroom and outdoor experiences and presentations. Participants will learn both front country and back country information.

Who Should Attend?:
This course is open to adult Scouters, Venturers, and Boy Scouts over the age of 14 who are interested in learning more about the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and how to effectively teach those principles and associated skills.  All participants who complete this course will be recognized as Leave No Trace Trainers by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
Fee:
$55.00 – The course fee covers lodging, food, training materials and awards. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants and will close April 1, 2020.
Housing:
Participants will camp in a designated campsite Saturday night. Participants will need to provide their own camping equipment and bedding.
What to bring:
Please pack for a weekend camping trip.  You will need to supply all your personal gear including shelter, bedding, cup and mess kit.  Food will be provided.
Participant Presentation:
Each participant will be required to give a 15 minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic provided by the course instructor.  Each participant will be contacted prior to the course and provided with a topic.

Highlights Include:

Outdoor Ethics Guide, Tread Lightly!, Land Ethics Course for Scouts 12 y & above/Adults
Fee $15 for course & OE Guide Notebook*(Fri 6-10 PM)
Attendees meet requirements for leading OE Awareness/Action Awards and youth are trained for the responsibilities as Outdoor Ethics Guides in their troop, team or crew.

https://www.scoutingevent.com/160-lntmay2020

Outdoor Ethics LeaveNoTrace

National Youth Leadership Training – NYLT – 2020

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NYLT

What is NYLT?
National Youth Leadership Training 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 home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Course Overview:
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO.

NYLT 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.

The NYLT course integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, events, games, and adventures, NYLT participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.

Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be First Class rank and at least 13. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.

Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be 14. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.

FEE:  The course if $240 per participant and includes all food and materials. Early bird fees are $215 if paid 30 days prior to the start of the session. A deposit of $25 per participant is required to hold a spot.

Three Courses Available

  • April 3-5 & 17-19 (Must attend both weekends) Camp Kikthawenund (Frankton)
  • Week-Long Course June 14-20 Camp Red Wing (Muncie)
  • September 11-13 & 25-27 (Must attend both weekends) Camp Kikthawenund (Frankton)

Scholarship applications are available: Application must be received by March 1st (Spring course)

Mark D. Van Matre NYLT Scholarship

Eagle Board of Review Report – February 2020

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in February 2020.

Graham W. Troop 514, Graham’s project was improving the drainage at St Vincent DePaul’s garden.
Liam K. Troop 180 , Liam’s project was taking down and rebuilding garden beds at St Richard’s Episcopal School.
Peter C. Troop 18, Peter’s project was to clear an area for a bench and free library for Munsee Circle
Alex R. Troop 343, Alex’s project was extending the fencing at Bethel United Methodist Church.
Woodrow M. Troop 174, Woodrow’s project was the improvement by adding outdoor play equipment at St Luke’s Preshool.
Dylan D. Troop 514. Dylan’s project was building a new shelter for the STEM Connection.
Congratulations Scouts!

Eagle Board of Review Report – November

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scoutmaster-bucky-scout-rank-requirements-eagle-FHIMic-clipartThe following scouts were approved for their Eagle Ranks at their Boards of Review in November, 2019.

Chris Luciani Troop 358 – Chris’ Eagle project was building an engraved brick walkway in Whitestown honoring veterans.
Nicholas Sadenwater Troop 343 – Nicholas’ Eagle project involved restoring the outdoor lab area at Pike High School.
Louis Gachotte Troop 18 – Louis’ Eagle project was landscaping a “Catio” – Cat Patio at FACE.
Jon Matutes Troop 18 – Jon’s Eagle project involved creating a middle school band mentoring program for Washington Township schools.
Justin McQuiston Troop 269 – Justin’s Eagle project was building a frisbee golf course and updating the firepit at The Fitness Farm.
Matt Hurley Troop 180 – Matt’s Eagle project was to build a walkway to a nature preserve near St Peters Methodist Church.
Kyle Booth Troop 343 –  Kyle’s Eagle project was to build a soccer passback and benches at Giesle.
Congratulations Scouts!