Online Merit Badges

Join the merit badge instructors at Camp Belzer to complete merit badges with online classes.  These classes are open to any Scout involved in a Scouts BSA program and is limited to 20 participants.   More classes will be schedule and released each week. 

The Scout will receive a link no less than 24 hours beforehand to log into their class.

Scouts will use this link to receive live instruction from a merit badge counselor and guest presenters. Most merit badges will have requirements to complete after the initial online class and the Merit Badge Counselors will work with each Scout to follow up and sign off on requirements. Blue cards will be provided digitally to the Scout after the merit badge counselors has verified that the individual Scout has completed all requirements.

Please check our FAQ section to answer some of your questions.

Activities, Events & Programs

Camp Belzer is excited to announce that we will be revamping our program to be more rank-specific and involve more Tiger and Wolf adventures in the program. Your child will progress from station to station learning and having fun with age-appropriate and age-specific activities and programming.

Camp-wide Events

Opening Ceremony

Every morning we hold an opening ceremony that is designed to get everyone excited about camp and includes a flag ceremony and opening announcements.

Closing Ceremony

Finish out your week at Camp Belzer by getting up on stage and performing. A great opportunity to let each youth Scouting spirit shine in front of the entire camp. In Camp Belzer tradition, every tribe performs a song.

Camp-wide Theme

Camp Belzer incorporates a camp-wide theme into all of its program events. This theme is unique to Belzer, which adds distinction to those children participating in Day Camp.

As part of the theme, children will participate in a series of challenges throughout their time at camp.

2020 Theme: Hometown Heroes

Adventure Loops

Below are Adventure Loops offered at Day Camp.

Program Area Tiger Rank Wolf Rank
Archery Archery Archery
BB Guns BB Guns BB Guns
Slide for Life Slide for Life Slide for Life
Maze Maze Maze
Monkey Bridge Monkey Bridge Monkey Bridge
Pool Floats & Boats – Can be completed at Camp Pool
Relay Race Tiger Tag – Can be completed at Camp Running with the Pack* – Can be completed at Camp
Cooking Cooking Cooking
Fitness Games Tigers Play* – Can be completed at Camp Paws of Skill – Requirements 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6
Ecology My Tiger Jungle* – Can be completed at Camp Spirit of the Water – Can be completed at Camp
Woodcraft Woodcraft Woodcraft
Engineering Engineering Engineering
Technology Technology Technology

Bold activities are Adventure Loops. *Required for Rank; all others are electives.

Daily Schedule

Below is the typical schedule at Day Camp.

7:30AM
Medical Office Opens & Start of Early Drop Off*
7:30AM
8:30AM
Standard Arrival & Trading Post Opens
8:30AM
8:55AM
Opening Ceremony
8:55AM
9:00AM
Station 1
9:00AM
10:00AM
Station 2
10:00AM
11:00AM
Station 3
11:00AM
12:00PM
Lunch
12:00PM
1:00PM
Station 4
1:00PM
2:00PM
Station 5
2:00PM
3:00PM
Station 6
3:00PM
4:00PM
Standard Departure, Trading Post Closes & Start of Aftercare*
4:00PM
6:00PM
Last Pickup for Aftercare* & Medical Office Closes
6:00PM

*Available for an additional charge. See Extended Care for more information.

Camp Services

Health Lodge

The Health Lodge is located near the main camp area. A qualified Health Officer is on-duty during all program time. While camp is in-session, routine medical needs and daily medical care are provided throughout the day. If more advanced care is needed, we attempt to contact and consult the youth’s parent before transporting them to a nearby medical facility. Upon check-in, please notify the Health Officer of any medical conditions or medications being taken by youth and adults.

Lost & Found

A lost and found is maintained at the Camp Office. If you have lost an item, check there first. If you have found an item without an owner, bring it to the Camp Office so that we can try to find who it belongs to. Any unclaimed items are donated within a month after the end of the summer.

Cost Item
$1 to $50 Camp Souvenirs
$12 to $25 Camp T-Shirts
$5 to $25 Toys & Games
$10 to $20 Camp Hats
$10 to $15 Camp Water Bottles
$1 to $50 Camp Equipment
$1 to $4 Drinks
$1 to $5 Snacks
$1 to $3 Candy
$1 to $5 Ice Cream

Trading Post

Camp Belzer features a Trading Post fully stocked with a variety of camp supplies. Here, children can obtain products such as toiletries, water bottles, clothing, souvenirs, camping gear, and refreshments. The Trading Post will be open on a regular basis during program times.

Spending Money

We recommend that spending money be brought for purchasing snacks and camp souvenirs. How much money to bring is a personal decision between the youth and their parents. To help determine how much money to bring to camp, take a look at our general price guide.

We recommend that a parent doles out the money through the week. This keeps the child from losing their money and can serve as a method of teaching thriftiness.

Cash and credit cards are accepted at the Trading Post.

Meal Services

Camp Belzer is lucky to be an Indiana Department of Education Summer Food Program Site operated by MSD of Lawrence Township. This USDA program allows MSD of Lawrence Township to provide lunch to all youth participants for free. Youth participants will be receiving USDA-approved lunches similar to those served throughout the school year.

During morning check-in, or at the office, adults can purchase this same meal for $4. Should you not be satisfied with the provided food, or elect to not participate, campers are welcome to pack their own lunch. Many parents choose to pack snacks to eat before and after lunch throughout the day.

Preparing for Camp

Medical Forms

The safety of your child and all our campers is our top priority. One aspect of that is for all campers to have a health form on file at camp, including Day Camp. The BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (form # 680-001) is required for each youth and adult participant. Part C is not required for Day Camp.

Upon arrival at camp, a copy of a current medical form for each youth and adult must be turned in to the medical staff. An attached photocopy of the camper’s insurance card must also be provided, as directed by Part A. In accordance with state law, medical forms cannot be returned, as they must remain on file for two years. Due to federal regulations (HIPAA), copies of these health forms should not be faxed to Camp Belzer. Copies should also be kept by the pack or parents if on-site.

Equipment Checklist

The following list is provided as an aid, but certainly is not all-encompassing. Children should ask parents to assist them in their preparation.

Arriving & Leaving Camp

Arriving at Camp

Starting at 7:45AM, staff will be assisting in parking. Please see the parking map for a basic description of parking. Plan to arrive between 8:00AM and 8:30AM each day. NO DROP-OFFS are allowed. Please plan to park, walk in, and check-in each morning.

Enter camp through the main gate at the east entrance off Boy Scout Road. You will pass the Camp Ranger’s house and continue to the parking lot. Staff will then direct you into a parking spot and assist in directing you and your children to the Activity Center for check-in.

Please see the early drop-off and aftercare section if you wish to utilize our extended care programs.

Check-in at the Activity Center

Once you arrive and park, please proceed to the Activity Center. Check-in will occur in the Activity Center each day. During check-in, we will inform you of any important information and ensure we have all necessary paperwork. Please do not arrive before 8:00AM because the staff will not be available to assist you with check-in. Check-in for anyone that arrives later than 9:00AM must check-in at the Camp Office.

If you must check-in earlier than 8:00AM, please see our precare section.

Check-in at the Tribe Field

After checking-in at the Activity Center, your child will be assigned to a tribe color (Red, Yellow, Green or Blue). The tribe field, located directly outside of the Activity Center, is where the group leaders will be stationed waiting to receive your child for the day. Please take note of your child’s group number, which will hasten the check-in and check-out procedures the rest of the week.

Leaving Camp

Check-out

Check-out will occur in the Activity Center starting at 4:00PM. All parents and leaders must check-out in the Activity Center before leaving Camp Belzer with a child. To ensure the safety of all children at Camp Belzer, all individuals who check-out a child MUST be listed on the BSA Medical Health Form as someone approved to take the child out of camp. In order to verify if an adult is approved to take a child out of camp, the adult MUST provide a government-issued photo ID. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

If an adult attempts to check-out a child who is not listed on the medical form, we will contact those listed on the form to ensure he or she is approved to pick-up the child. If you need to check-out your child prior to 4:00PM, please stop in the Camp Office and we will coordinate the check-out process.

If you need to check-out your child after 4:30PM, please see our aftercare section.

Extended Care

Precare

Precare will be available starting at 7:00AM for those parents who are unable to check-in their child during the regular check-in times. Trained staff members will watch the children until the program begins in the morning. Parents are still required to check-in at the Activity Center each morning. On Monday, the 8:30AM parent meeting is not required if the parent is utilizing precare, but it is highly recommended.

Aftercare

Aftercare will be available from 4:00PM to 6:00PM for those parents who are unable to check-out their child during the regular check-out times. Trained staff members will watch the children until the parent arrives. Parents are still required to be listed on the child’s health form and present a government-issued photo ID.

Registering for Camp

Registration and payment for Camp Belzer is completed by a parent or single unit coordinator online through Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.

All payments for Camp Belzer should be made online with a credit card or e-check (unit checks should be paid by e-check through the online registration system, not the Scout Shops).

2020 Dates

Week Dates
Week 1 June 8 – June 12, 2020
Week 2 June 15 – June 19, 2020
Week 3 June 22 – June 26, 2020
Week 5 July 6 – July 10, 2020
Week 6 July 13 – July 17, 2020

Payment Deadlines

On or before the dates below, the balance of your fees is due. You will qualify for the early or regular fee depending on when the balance of the fees is paid. You may pay for some Scouts in your pack at one fee level and others at a different fee level.

May 1, 2020

Cub Scouts: $155 early fee due
Adults: Free

June 1, 2020

Cub Scouts: $180 regular fee due
Adults: Free

Adult Participation

Pack leaders and parents are welcome to attend, but are not required to attend. Adults must check-in each day and receive a wristband. Adult check-in occurs at the same time youth check-in or, if arriving at a different time, an adult should check-in at the Camp Office.

Financial Assistance

Finances should never be a reason for a child to not attend camp. Crossroads of America Council offers a Campership Program where recipients can be awarded up to 50% of the early summer camp fee.

Eligible camperships are first come, first serve until funding is exhausted. Contact the Council’s Camping Office by phone at (317) 813-7067 or by email at camping@crossroadsbsa.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we are unable to answer your questions below, or if you have any hesitations, please contact us at reemokar@crossroadsbsa.org. We want to do whatever we can to earn your trust and ensure that your child does not miss out on the life changing experience of camp.

Links are emailed out to registered participants 24 hours before the course, between 6pm and 10pm. We will send the link to the email you provided in your registration. If the Scout is registered for the class and you have not received a link, please email reemokar@crossroadsbsa.org. Class registrations closes 48 hours prior to the class.

After you Scout completes all the requirements, the merit badge counselor will submit a completion report to Crossroads of America Council. After processing, you will receive an email with a signed blue card. Additionally, your blue card will be available to download by logging into your class registration.

Requirements vary by merit badge and will only be marked as complete if all requirements are met. Our counselors will do everything in their power to help a Scout complete all the requirements.

Class sessions vary based on topics. Please note some classes are more than 1 session. Typically, classes will total 2-4 hours. 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.

If you need assistance with your registration, please email reemokar@crossroadsbsa.org.

No, class sizes are limited to ensure quality instruction and overall experience. Each participant must be registered.

It is the Scout’s responsibility to obtain permission from their Scoutmaster prior to starting a merit badge. Please only register for a session if proper approval has been obtained.

No, class sizes are limited to ensure quality instruction and overall experience. We are working with our counselors to add more opportunities every day. We are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping us out, please email matlong@scouting.org.

As they become available. We are working with our counselors to add more opportunities. We will announce new classes
each week on the Crossroads of America Council and Camp Belzer Facebook page.

All our Instructors are registered adult leaders with the BSA and have passed a Criminal Background Check, completed Youth Protection Training. Any adult who teaches a merit badge is also registered as an Merit Badge Counselor for their class, and the same applies for NOVA’s and other awards.

All merit badge classes are open to Scouts from any local council that is currently registered in the Scouts BSA program; all times listed eastern time zone.

All live merit badge instruction will be provided through Google Meet an online portal provided by the Crossroads of America Council, BSA.

Scouts may want an adult with them to help.  Please be advised that if you are having technical difficulties, we will not be available to help you accept and start your Google Meet invitation.  Please visit Google Meet Support to see video tutorials on how to Join a Meeting.