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Scouting is about character and leadership.

The Scout Oath and Law – our very foundation – call for helpfulness, bravery, common courtesy, and respect among all people. Our values call us to stand up to injustice, as we strive to help other people at all times.

The Scouting movement recognizes and celebrates that the attributes that make us different actually draw us together as Scouts, citizens, and human beings. We refuse to accept violence or injustice toward another human being.

As Scouts, we recognize that much work remains to be done. We are committed to empathy, compassion, and to meaningfully improve. Scouting teaches young people to come together to find peaceful solutions, to work to become the best versions of themselves, and to create a better world.

CAC Camp Properties to Open

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The Crossroads of America Council is opening our camp properties. Starting June 3rd, reservations may be placed for camp facilities beginning on or after July 3rd. While there are restrictions and not all facilities will be available, CAC will also be providing select program resources, many free of charge with a camp reservation. Please read our FAQ for information that can be found here: on limitations and changes to our properties and reservation process. We will reevaluate our guidelines on September 1st.

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Here is how ANYONE can create an account at


  1.  It is helpful to get your BSA member ID # before starting
  2. Go to and click on “CREATE ACCOUNT”
  3. Fill in all the information to create the account
  4. Once the account is created – login and go to “My Profile” and make sure your “Member ID” is correct
  5. Once your account is all setup – you can go to “My Training” and take any of the online classes.



North Star Virtual Roundtable – June 11

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Image-VirtualMeetingTips-Redbooth-c5zmkWe will have a virtual Roundtable on Thursday June 11 at 7:00pm.

There will be separate meeting numbers for the Cub and Scouts meetings.  These were sent to Cubmasters/Chairs and Scoutmaster/Chairs for each unit.  They can share with other interested members in their units. Unit Key 3 should have received an email with meeting codes.  If you did not receive that information please contact Jenny Beyer asap.

The Cub Roundtable will focus on our Membership Drive activities for each pack.  More information will be sent to the Pack Key 3 for sharing with their adult volunteers.

The Scout Roundtable will cover activities that troops are engaged with this summer to maintain participation.  We would like to have each unit share how they are using the Ransburg Summer Experience for their scouts, and any additional activities that they are doing with their scouts such as virtual troop/patrol meetings, small group activities and camping plans.  We will also have an update on how to use Crossroads facilities in the upcoming months.


What to consider when restarting meetings in person and/or outings

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In-Person Unit Activities

♦ Q: Should we hold in-person Scouting meetings, outings, or activities?

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings be conducted only within the guidelines outlined by your state and local health department and other local officials, as well as under the direction of your local BSA council and chartered organization. This applies to youth and adults.

Units need to consider:

  1.  State Guidelines
  2.  County and / or local guidelines that may be MORE restrictive (as is the case in Marion County).
  3. Council Guidelines Reopening-Unit-Meetings-and-Activities (2)
  4. Chartered Organization Guidelines
  5. Units Committee Guidelines
  6. Parents Guidelines
  7. The Guide to Safe Scouting

It’s a long list.  These are complicated times.  With some ingenuity and creativity we can start to scout in person again.



BSA Membership Fee Increase

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Over the last few months, the National Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has seen the Scouting community come together, even while physically apart, to bring solutions, relief and comfort to those in need. From making masks to supporting food banks, Scouting has been a vital partner for communities across the country.

The value of Scouting is undeniable for those within the program and the greater public, and the BSA is committed to continuing to offer this unmatched opportunity to young people and families nationwide.

The BSA has worked to keep the membership fee as low as possible. Unfortunately, operating costs have continued to rise and COVID-19 has compounded the need to increase the fee to maintain the program.

To ensure the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the updated national membership fee is:

  • $66 for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts participants
  • $42 for Exploring participants
  • $30 for council-paid memberships
  • $42 for all adult volunteers (includes cost of background check)
  • $75 for a unit charter fee

The membership fees will take effect August 1, 2020, for new members in the 2020-2021 program year. For renewing members, the new fee will take effect on October 1, 2020. The updated unit charter fee will take effect August 1, 2020, for all new and rechartering units.

Starting August 1, 2020, there will also be a one-time $25 joining fee for new program participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts; however, there is no joining fee for Exploring participants, participants previously registered in any BSA program, those transferring from one program to another, council-paid memberships, or adult volunteers.

The national membership fee helps pay for the cost of essential services, including program resources, liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, youth protection and other local council resources.

National BSA will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members through online registration, Scoutbook, and national initiatives that bring us all together like the National Camp-In and the Scout Salute partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Across the country and in each of our communities, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make in young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow.

Our dedicated volunteers, staff, and Scouting families make this possible. Thank you for continuing to support one of the most valuable opportunities available to young people today.

Earn Merit Badges at 2020 Summer Experience

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MD_image_15885669620_1834The MERIT BADGE schedule for the Scouts BSA 2020 Summer Experience provide by Ransburg Scout Reservation.  Camp 2020 MB schedule

FYI: Scouts can sign up as individuals.  There are 6 weeks of programming available, to fit in with your scouts’ family schedules.

Registration to the specific merit badge is available the week before week session. (e.g. Session 1- June 8-12- registration begins Tuesday, 6/2 9am, ends Friday, 6/5 1pm.)
Please let your units know of this unique opportunity to work on Merit Badges, Firecrafter and Trail to First Class ranks.
From the schedule, most classes meet for (3) one hour sessions, with at home assignments.  And there are many popular classes offered, such as cooking and first aid.
The cost is a fraction of a traditional summer camp experience at $100 for the first session and $95 for each additional.  And all proceeds will help the Council keep providing the wonderful programming that we enjoy.
For registration and more information, visit the Council website.

Belzer Online Merit Badges

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Belzer Online MBCamp Belzer is now offering online merit badges and registration is live!

We will be adding more badges Thursday of each week, from Eagle required to elective option, but class sizes are limited, so signup today.

All classes are conducted by registered Merit Badge Counselors. Most merit badges will have requirements to complete after the initial online class and the Merit Badge Counselor will work with each Scout to follow up and sign off on requirements.

Check for more information.

Want to help conduct an online merit badge class? If you are a currently registered Merit Badge Counselor, volunteer today at





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