Welcome to Journey to Excellence

Many of you learned about Journey to Excellence for the first time this past year, however it has now been in existence for three years. For those of you who have been around for a while, three years ago this replaced the old “Quality Unit” designation. This is the “new” method to make Scouting the best it can be, and help you to do it!  In this edition , we discuss why Journey to Excellence is important to you and your unit and discuss “What’s in it for me”.

What’s In It For Me?

What Journey to Excellence brings to your unit…

1.       A framework for planning the year:

    The Journey to Excellence standards are based on what successful units do to continually improve.

    If your unit plans to achieve gold or silver Journey to Excellence, you’ll have a strong and active program.

2.       A method for evaluating your unit:

    Journey to Excellence provides tangible measurements based on things you are likely already tracking, such as how many campouts you have, how many youth are advancing, etc., and uses simple ways to calculate your unit's performance.

3.       Guidance in areas where you might do better:

    As you track your performance against the Journey to Excellence standards, you can easily see where you could do better.

4.       Specific guidelines and standards of what is considered good performance:

    Journey to Excellence has specific, simple measures to help you. You can easily compare what you are doing against the standards.

5.       Early warning of potential problem areas:

    You track any areas where your unit is not performing as you might like and have plenty of time to make corrections.

6.       Recognition for good Scouting:

    You can proudly receive your bronze, silver, or gold recognition for your Scouting unit for the year.

7.       Benchmarking to get ideas and tips from other good units:

    You can receive help and best practices in areas where other units have met the gold standard.

    In the areas where you have met the gold standard, you can give help and ideas to other units.

How Do I Make It Happen?

1.        Go to www.scouting.org/JTE .

    a.        You will find several resources including “Scorecards”. Scorecards are the documents that outline the guidelines and “metrics” and where you can “score” your unit.

    b.        You can also go directly to the Scorecards by following these individual links:

            i.       Cub Scout Pack Scorecard 

            ii.       Boy Scout Troop Scorecard

            iii.       Venturing Crew Scorecard

            iv.       Sea Scout Ship Scorecard

2.        Download the Scorecard and print it off. Take the Scorecard to your next unit Committee meeting.

3.        Discuss the Scorecard during your next Committee meeting, and where you currently stand if you were to grade your unit today.

4.        Develop a plan to achieve Gold Level Journey to Excellence by the end of the year.

5.        Continually monitor your progress throughout the year.

6.        Note : You will not be able to turn-in your Recharter Paperwork in 2014 without Journey to Excellence attached.

Questions?

There are several places you can go to answer your questions. One of which is on the Journey to Excellence website itself. There are several resources developed to help you answer any questions you may have. Need data to help you complete your scorecard? Contact your Unit Commissioner or our District Commissioner (Terry Fulner – terryfulner@yahoo.com ). You can also always contact our District Executive (Ryan Kelleher – rkellehe@crossroadsbsa.org ) as well.

We will have upcoming trainings at Roundtable to discuss JTE and answer any questions you may have. In addition, these newsletters will help to answer your questions and give you creative methods to make your unit the best it can be!