Boy Scouts: Crossroads of America Council
Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America serves the youth and adult volunteers in 26 counties in central Indiana. With more than 2,000 acres and 100 buildings, Crossroads is one of the largest providers of outdoor adventure in the state of Indiana. Program opportunities for young men and women ages 6-20 include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Exploring, STEM Scouts and Reaching for Tomorrow.
TKWA was hired to conduct a large-scale, concurrent master plan effort for seven of the Council’s camp properties. Each camp master plan is being developed to help Crossroads translate strategic goals into clearly defined conceptual site plans that will serve as a long-term implementation guide. A key project goal is to help align program activities and facilities at each camp to best support the Council’s “Progression of Use” as campers advance through the stages of Boy Scout development.
1,726 total acres
Master Plan Completed 2019
The primary camps included within the master plan study include:
Ransburg Scout Reservation
With 624 acres surrounded by Hoosier National Forest and Lake Monroe, Ransburg Scout Reservation is one of the Midwest’s premier camps.
Belzer Scout Camp
Situated near the greater metropolitan Indianapolis area, Belzer Scout Camp is a 100-acre, historic property serving Cub Scouts and families.
Kikthawenund Scout Camp
This 230-acre facility features Webelos Adventure Camp, a four-day, three-night residential camp experience for 9- and 10-year old boys. During the rest of the year the camp is available for other uses.
The historic Camp Krietenstein is located on 177 acres near Terre Haute, Indiana. Nestled in a scenic Indiana hardwood forest, the camp offers a variety of opportunities for troops, patrols, and individual Scouts.
In 2018, we toured each of the camps to inform our master planning efforts. The photos below show existing conditions and capture our experience there.