Journey to Excellence
the second Journey to Excellence newsletter brought to you by the Northeast District! This will be one
of several newsletters throughout the year that will discuss different topics
related to Journey to Excellence (JTE) and the Journey to Excellence program.
To review the first newsletter, which covered “What’s in it for me” and “How Do
I Make This Happen” please Click
Here. We hope you will find this information useful. Remember, you cannot
complete your Annual Charter Renewal (recharter) without also completing
Journey To Excellence. This is being sent to all Unit Committee Chairs, all
unit Committee Members, and Unit Leaders (Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors,
edition, we discuss how
to record your service hours and review frequently asked questions. In addition
we have once again included “How Do I Make This Happen” in this
In all of the
scorecards (Pack, Troop, Crew, Team, and Ship) there is a requirement to
complete service hours as a unit and then record those hours. One of the aims
of Scouting is to build Citizenship, and a key component of that is performing
service within our community.
The BSA makes an
attempt to track these hours so that both locally and nationally we can measure
the impact that Scouting has on our communities and our nation. The reporting
process is simple and would need to be completed before you turn in your
Journey to Excellence Scorecard –
Visit the Service Hours
Create an Account (if you
already have an account, just log-in):
a. If you are a new user click on “New Users
click Here” to create your account
b. Use your unit ID (note: this is NOT your
unit number). This is a 5 to 11 digit number. These unit IDs are attached to
c. Enter your name, address, city, state,
zip code, and email address
d. Complete your account creation by
entering a password
Enter Service Project Data
a. Click the service project description
that best describes the project
b. Enter all relevant information which
includes the date, number of youth and adult members, total hours worked,
organization, and a description of the project.
c. Click “Submit Report”
Think back to
your unit’s activities this past year. More than you think can be recorded.
Some examples include:
Eagle Scout Service Projects
Advancement Service Hours
(i.e. service hours completed for advancement)
Order of the Arrow and
Firecrafter service hours
Community Clean Up Days
Serving your chartered
organization at one of their events
Volunteering at a festival
· And much more!
The goal is to
capture all of the service you, your Scouts, and your adult leaders have done
over the last year. Once you have recorded your hours online, you can then
record the total number on your Journey to Excellence Scorecard.
1. On the troop Journey to
Excellence form, the requirement for service projects under the objective says
hours are to be entered into the JTE website, but under the bronze, silver, and
gold, there is no reference to entering hours into the JTE website. There seems
to be no incentive to enter the hours. Troops can just say they did the service
projects. Since the requirements stipulate entering the service hours into
the Journey to Excellence website, it is implied that all service must be
entered. If not, they will not count.
2 What constitutes a Service Project? Any service performed by your unit or members of your unit that helps someone else.
2. 3. How will JTE address large
(more than 75 members) troops? It seems targeted to smaller (about 25 members)
troops? The Journey to Excellence program was designed with two ways of
achieving the requirements for just this reason. A troop can either meet or
exceed a determined standard, which most Boy Scout troops with 75 members would
be able to do, or to show improvement. Either way, a troop will be able to
achieve the requirement.
4. Regarding super
activities for crews, would attending a high-adventure base qualify? High-adventure
bases qualify as a super activity.
5. Is there a percentage
attendance requirement or number attendance requirement for a troop overnight
or a pack outdoor event? There is no percentage attendance requirement or number
attendance requirement. If your unit considers an activity to be a troop
overnight or a pack outdoor event and attendance happens to be poor for that
activity, you can still count it. Of course, if you have several such events
and attendance is always poor, you might have other reasons to be concerned.
6. If a Cub Scout, Boy
Scout, or Varsity Scout advances more than one rank in a year, does the unit
receive credit for more than one advancement? No. The standard is for
individual youth earning at least one advancement during the year, not for the
total number of advancements during the year.
7. Does earning the Scout
level count as an advancement for a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a
team? No. Scout is the joining requirement, not an advancement.
8. Can I achieve the silver
or gold level without achieving the bronze level in any individual requirement?
You must achieve the bronze level before you can qualify for the silver or gold
levels. You must achieve the bronze and silver levels before you can qualify
for the gold level.
9. In the retention
requirement, can we count our drop outs? No. You can count age outs and
transfer outs, but you cannot count drop outs.
10. Is there a report that I
can get from the council service center that will help me determine how many of
my scouts have advanced during the past year? Yes, the report is called
Unit Advancement Summary Report. Your local council service center can print
this report out and it will show every boy in your unit and what advancements
they’ve earned in the past year.
to view the full Frequently Asked Questions Document.
Do I Make It Happen?
1. Go to www.scouting.org/JTE.
will find several resources including “Scorecards”. Scorecards are the
documents that outline the guidelines and “metrics” and where you can “score”
b. You can
also go directly to the Scorecards by following these individual links:
Scout Pack Scorecard
Scout Troop Scorecard
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.
Note: You will not be able to turn-in your
Recharter Paperwork in 2014 without Journey to Excellence attached. You must turn your Recharter Paperwork into the
District on your assigned date and time and not the Council Office. You
will be given a date and time for your units appointment, either Oct 29 or Nov
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org ). You can always contact our District Executive ( Ryan Kelleher - email@example.com ) as well.