Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

Dear Scouting Supporter,

Reflecting back on 2021, one conclusion is clear to me: Our organization is blessed to have numerous people and things for which to be thankful.

Last year required us to focus as we found ourselves striving to regain another new sense of a new normal. We were purposeful in our approaches and thoughtful in our resource management to make the greatest impact in the communities we serve, through youth and families.

We are patriotic, faithful, active, confident, trustworthy, and adventurous in our approach and through all that we do. Crossroads of America Council was steadfast in these attributes, which led to membership growth, increased unit engagement and a continued record of fiscal health, growth, and stewardship.

Despite economic and health challenges, Crossroads of America Council continues to grow and make a measurable difference in the lives of young people. As a council, we are leaving no stone unturned so that we can keep moving initiatives related to youth in a positive direction.

I am most proud of two groups of people: 1) Our volunteer engagement and service, and 2) The leadership, guidance, positive mindset, and never-give-up mentality of our staff. Collectively, they all helped lead us to another great year of positive outcomes.

Looking ahead, 2022 is a year of structured focus on six main council objectives: Volunteers, Membership, Annual Support (Friends of Scouting campaign), Unit Service, Camping, and Popcorn. All of these objectives will be accomplished through three focused approaches: All things membership (member participation, community partnerships and collaboration, and donor support), volunteers at all levels and of all kinds, along with solid, clear, concise, and purposeful communication.

“Scouting is the Compass for Leaders” will serve as our tagline this year. We must lead to make positive change collaboratively with other youth-serving organizations so that we can impact how Central Indiana will continue to attract and retain youth and families to live and thrive here. We must help make a difference in stomping out youth violence, mental health issues, food deserts and insecurities, and youth suicide.

This June, The Skip + Alex Lange Innovation Center (on the property of Camp Belzer, northeast Indianapolis) will open and serve as “the front door to Scouting.” Scouting’s activities and experiences here in Central Indiana allow us to further meet the needs of our school partners and community collaborators.

The future is bright, and our direction is focused. We have outlined the path to greater growth and impact. Now is the time to seize the moment and take action. Thank you for engaging on this journey with us.

Joseph E. Wiltrout
Scout Executive / President & CEO

John Thompson
John Thompson

Council President

John R. Wiebke

Council Commissioner

Joseph Wiltrout
Joseph E. Wiltrout

Scout Executive / President & CEO