Messer Construction Co. Foundation recently awarded one of three $25,000 grants to Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America. The check was presented at Camp Red Wing in Muncie, IN and will fund materials to build the Messer Youth Leadership Training Camp Shelter on the year-round camp’s premises.

“Messer believes in making our communities better places to live, work and raise our families. Investing our time and dollars in organizations like Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America is one of the ways we do this,” said Steve Bestard, vice president and Indianapolis region leader for Messer Construction Co. “This is an organization that serves a great number of people and focuses on developing civic leaders of the future.”

The 45 ft. by 25 ft. shelter is expected to be complete by mid-December and will be used to conduct leadership training programs, distribute supplies and provide a sleeping area for leaders in support of the White Stag program in Central Indiana.  White Stag is a nationally recognized youth leadership training program that helps prepare Scouts for real life leadership situations through hands-on experiences.

“The Messer Youth Leadership Training Camp Shelter will serve thousands of Scouts from central Indiana as they learn about leadership and how to apply it in everyday situations,” said Gordon Przybylski, development of director for Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America Development. “The impact of this shelter at Camp Red Wing will be felt for many years to come.”

Criteria for the grants include the expected return on investment to the community; the positive change expected from the Foundation’s investment; and Messer employee engagement and individual support for the organization. Each application must be endorsed by a Messer employee who will jointly sign the grant application.

About Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America is a youth development organization that¹s designed to prepare young people to make ethical and moral decisions throughout their lifetimes.  The goals of Scouting consist of citizenship training, character development and personal fitness.  Throughout the Boy Scout program, young people are encouraged to advance through ranks by fulfilling requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills.  To get more information on Scouting, call (317) 813-7125 or 877-925-1900 (toll free) or visit

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