Prior to 1966 the Central Indiana Council was interested in buying property on the soon to be flooded area of Monroe Reservoir. The council was able to locate acreage near the Harden Ridge boat ramp and beach across the lake from the now Four Winds Marina. With land identified, they needed the funding to buy the property. Frank Chase, the Scout Executive, went to Harper Ransburg to help fund the purchase of the property. He asked Mr. Ransburg and he quickly agreed. In addition other members of the Council purchased land on and near the future lake. The Army Corps of Engineers found that they needed property near the dam for a boat ramp and so they approached the council with an offer to trade the land the Council owned near the dam for another property north on the lake. That traded property is now what we know of as Ransburg Scout Reservation. In the Summer of 1966 Camp Ransburg opened as a Scout Summer camp. The inside page of the program for the opening says:
“Toward the molding of men...”
and it is as true today as it was almost 50 years go. As deeply rooted in the heart of each staff member as it was in the men who helped bring the camp to life.
Ransburg Scout Reservation was constructed to serve the scouts of the then Central Indiana Council (now Crossroads of America Council), but today scouts from all over the world attend one of our nine weeks of summer camp.
Reservations for Crossroads of America Council troops begin the first business day of May the year prior to camp. Other councils can begin making reservations June 2 of the year prior to the summer they plan to attend.