Community Service

Helping others is one of the fundamental values of Scouting and allows Scouts to see the value to contributing to their community. Scouts and units are encouraged to participate in community service activities regularly including those offered by the council, district or unit. 

HOW TO: Record Service Hours (BSA) Video  

Council Sponsored Community Service Events

The council sponsors a variety of community service activities throughout the year by partnering with local organizations. All units are encouraged to participate in these events. In addition to performing a good deed, hours served count towards your unit service hours and can be entered by clicking the button above.

Kroger Scouting for Food

Scouting for Food is a national Boy Scouts of America community stewardship project aimed at addressing the problem of hunger in local communities. Crossroads of America Council participates in this annual spring food collection program with all proceeds staying in central Indiana. In partnership with Kroger and the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Scouts collect approximately 75,000 pounds of food through door-to-door collection or pre-packaged grocery bags in participating central Indiana Kroger stores. This campaign generally occurs between the months of March and April.  Units can pick the time that best fits their calendar during this time frame and can submit for the participation patch at anytime with the link provided.  Participation in Kroger Scouting for Food counts toward service hours.

Fill out this form to order the patches or print the form. Click here to register service hours.

Contact Patrick Covell by email or at (317) 813-7093 for more information. 

One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon- May 6, 2017

Come join us for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon water station Saturday May 6, 2017 on IUPUI's  campus, Lot 63 (located West New York Street and Lansing Street). To register click here.

500 Festival Parade - May 27, 2017

Your troop, crew, or post may volunteer to help with this historic Indianapolis event. The parade is the only 500 Festival event that has taken place every year since the 500 Festival's founding in 1957. The IPL 500 Festival Parade is the eve of the Indianapolis 500 and 300,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Indianapolis, joined by another one million watching from their televisions around the country, to view one of the nation’s premier parades.

Your unit would help with seating set-up and tear-down with an up-close view of the parade in between. All participants receive a patch and hours worked count towards your unit service hours. To register click here

Basecamp at the Indiana State Fair - August 4-20, 2017

Volunteer at Basecamp at the Indiana State Fair and help promote Scouting to potential families. Each volunteer will be given a fair admission ticket and is encouraged to explore before or after their shift. Shifts will be available 9am-3pm, and 3pm-8pm, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Larger groups (packs, troops, crews, posts, committees, etc.) may volunteer together too. For larger groups such as these, please email Cara Wagner to assure your group may be accomodated. Register to volunteer online!

Soles4Souls - Fall 2017

We are excited to partner with Soles4Souls again in the fall of 2017 for our council community service project. Soles4Souls is a Nashville, TN., based nonprofit focused on collecting pre-worn shoes for those in need domestically and internationally. Our goal is to collect 25,000 shoes with 250 units participating. If your unit is interested in participating, please contact Patrick Covell by email or by phone at (317) 813-7093. 

Good Turn for Goodwill - Fall 2017

The Good Turn for Goodwill Service Project benefits people who are served by Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. Your generous donations help a Scout earn a special patch and funds employment and educations services, including jobs for people with employment barriers such as disabilities or limited education.


Local Community Service Organizations

There are a number of great civic organizations in Indiana that could use the help of some great Scouts who are looking for service hours and projects. Please check out the organizations below to see if there is one that you would like to support.

Pack Away Hunger

Pack Away Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. The lack of proper nutrition creates serious health and developmental consequences for individuals and has far reaching implications for communities. In the United States, 15.8 million children do not have regular access to healthy meals. In developing countries, one out of six children - roughly 100 million - is underweight, the result of acute or chronic malnutrition.

If you would like to sponsor an event, please visit their website.

The White River Alliance

In 2010, the White River Alliance teamed up with a few key watershed partners to implement the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign, a unique strategy to increase awareness and knowledge about residential yard choices and their impacts on water quality in our watersheds. Water quality friendly lawn care includes practices such as using phosphorus-free fertilizer, landscaping with native plants, managing yard and pet wastes, and properly maintaining septic systems. The focus began in Indiana but is spreading across the country.

To learn how to become involved, please visit the Clear Choices Clean Water website.

SAWs- Servants At Work, Inc.- Building Freedom One Ramp at a Time

SAWs®, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that builds wheelchair ramps to provide persons with disabilities and conditions of aging with the freedom to remain in their homes and reconnect with their communities. SAWs also provides meaningful experiences for volunteers that can be life changing for them as well as for the ramp recipient and their caregivers. Overcoming their activity impediments allows people to "age in place" and remain in their homes.

SAWs is a faith-based, ecumenical ministry that welcomes all who want to share in our mission. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and every vocation imaginable. Men and women work to provide freedom to anyone who would otherwise be trapped by everyday obstacles and financial circumstances. Building a SAWs® ramp begins well before a single board is cut. There are many ways to volunteer, some of which can be done from the comfort of your home. Help is needed for activities such as administration, client interviews, site surveys, grant writing and fundraising. 

If you would like to get involved or if you just like to build stuff, register and they will surely contact you. If your group or organization would like to sponsor a service project both financially as well as with volunteers, please contact them at, or 317-844-7664. We will help you arrange an event. 

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Each year, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful supports an average of 500 community improvement projects with more than 30,000 volunteers. For the past three decades, we've partnered with neighborhoods, the public sector, and Indianapolis community groups and businesses to achieve our vision for a beautiful city.

If your Scouts are interested in getting involved, please check out some of their programs through their website.

Hoosier Hikers Council

Since 1995, the Hoosier Hikers Council has been building, repairing, and maintaining hiking and running trails in the state of Indiana. They provide maps and information for hikers, backpackers, and runners to assist in the use and enjoyment of Indiana trails. The work of their organization is sustained by supporters and volunteers who are motivated by the opportunity to give back to the trails they love to hike or run.

If your Scouts would like to commit some service hours to trail work and improving the hiking trails around Indiana, please visit their website.



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