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"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. The point of JTW is to provide a rough guide, a roadmap, towards the types of things that excellent units do, and to reward participation in the process. Each level has a set of goals, and various points can be earned for meeting those goals at various levels. Gaining enough points in enough categories will earn units (and districts, councils, Explorer posts) either a bronze, silver, or gold recognition for the year.

Journey to Excellence uses a balanced approach to measure performance. It guides program planning before the year begins, monitors activities for continuous improvement during the year, and recognizes performance at the end of the year. In planning your strategy, use actual numbers from the previous year to guide your performance improvement goal planning. The period for measuring performance will be the calendar year.

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2017 Pack Journey to Excellence

  • Bronze: Earn at least 525 points by earning points in at least 7 objectives.
  • Silver: Earn at least 800 points by earning points in at least 8 objectives.
  • Gold: Earn at least 1,050 points by earning points in at least 8 objectives.
Item Objective Bronze Level Silver Level Gold Level Bronze Silver Gold
Planning and Budget Max Points = 200
#1 Planning and Budget: Have a program plan and budget that is regularly reviewed by the pack committee, and it follows BSA policies relating to fundraising.Have an annual program plan and budget adopted by the pack committee.Achieve Bronze, plus pack committee meets at least six times during the year to review program plans and finances.Achieve Silver, plus pack conducts a planning meeting involving den leaders for the following program year.50100200
Membership Max Points = 500
#2 Building Cub Scouting: Have an increase in Cub Scout membership or maintain a larger than average pack size.Conduct a formal recruitment program by October 31 and register new members in the pack.Achieve Bronze, and either increase youth members by 5% or have at least 40 members.Achieve Silver, and either increase youth members by 10% or have at least 60 members.50100200
#3 Retention: Retain a significant percentage of youth members.Reregister 60% of eligible members.Reregister 65% of eligible members.Reregister 75% of eligible members.50100200
#4 Webelos-to-Scout transition: Have an effective plan to graduate Webelos Scouts into Boy Scout troop(s).With a troop, hold two joint activities or 75% of second year Webelos have completed "The Scouting Adventure."60% of eligible Webelos register with a troop.80% of eligible Webelos register with a troop.2550100
Program Max Points = 900
#5 Advancement: Achieve a high percentage of Cub Scouts earning rank advancements.50% of Cub Scouts advance one rank during the year.60% of Cub Scouts advance one rank during the year.75% of Cub Scouts advance one rank during the year.100200300
#6 Outdoor activities: Conduct outdoor activities and field trips.Each den has the opportunity to participate in three outdoor activities or field trips during the year.Each den has the opportunity to participate in four outdoor activities or field trips during the year.Each den has the opportunity to participate in five outdoor activities or field trips during the year.50100200
#7 Day/resident/family camp: Cub Scouts attend day camp, family camp, and/or resident camp.33% of Cub Scouts participate in a camping experience or improvement over the prior year.50%, or 33% and have improvement over the prior year.75%, or 50% and have improvement over the prior year.50100200
#8 Service projects: Participate in service projects.Participate in two service projects and enter the hours on the JTE website.Participate in three service projects and enter the hours on the JTE website.Achieve Silver, plus at least one of the service projects is conservation-oriented.2550100
#9 Pack and den meetings: Dens and the pack have regular meetings.Hold eight pack meetings a year. Den or pack meetings have started by October 31.Achieve Bronze, plus dens meet at least twice a month during the school year.Achieve Silver, plus earn the Summertime Pack Award.2550100
Volunteer Leadership Max Points = 400
#10 Leadership recruitment: The pack is proactive in recruiting sufficient leaders.Have a Cubmaster, assistant Cubmaster and a committee with at least three members.Achieve Bronze, and prior to recruiting event, the committee identifies pack and den leadership for the next year.Achieve Silver, plus every den has a registered leader by October 31.50100200
#11 Trained leadership: Have trained and engaged leaders at all levels.Cubmaster or an assistant Cubmaster or pack trainer has completed position-specific training.Achieve Bronze, plus the Cubmaster and den leaders have completed position specific training or, if new, will complete within three months of joining.Achieve Silver, plus two-thirds of registered committee members have completed position-specific training for the pack committee.50100200

Planning and Budget Measures

1. The pack has a program plan and budget that is reviewed at all pack committee meetings, and the pack follows BSA policies relating to fundraising and fiscal management as found on the Unit Money-Earning Application form and any other publication that the council has developed for fundraising and fiscal management. Program plans and budget are reviewed with den leaders and parents at the start of the program year. The pack's program plan should be shared with the unit commissioner.

Membership Measures

2. A formal recruitment event is conducted and new members are registered by October 31, 2017. On December 31, 2017, the pack has an increase in the number of youth members as compared to the number registered on December 31, 2016. A membership growth plan template can be found at [www.scouting.org/membership www.scouting.org/membership].

3. Number of youth members on the most recent charter renewal (A) divided by the number of youth registered at the end of the prior charter year (B) minus any age-outs (C). Total = (A) / (B-C). Age-outs are youth who are too old to reregister as Cub Scouts.

4. Hold at least two joint activities with a troop or troops, and have graduating boys register with a troop. "The Scouting Adventure" for second-year Webelos is described in the Webelos Scout Handbook. If the pack has no second-year Webelos Scouts, this requirement is met at the Bronze level.

Program Measures

5. Total number of Cub Scouts advancing at least one rank (Bobcat, Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light) during the calendar year (A), divided by the number of boys registered at the end of the year (B). Advancement = (A) / (B).

6. The pack has activities and field trips in the outdoors, which could include outdoor pack meetings, hikes, family campouts, parades, outdoor service projects, etc. All dens have the opportunity to participate.

7. Cub Scouts attend an in-council or out-of-council Cub Scout day camp, family camp, and/or Cub Scout resident camp in 2017. STEM programs either as a day camp or resident camp are also included. All levels are total number of different Cub Scouts attending (A) divided by total number of Cub Scouts registered in the pack as of June 30, 2017 (B). Total = (A) / (B).

8. The pack participates in at least two service projects during the year and enters them on the Journey to Excellence website. (See instructions at [www.Scouting.org/jte www.Scouting.org/jte].) The projects may be completed as joint projects with other organizations. At least one project is conservation-oriented.

9. Have at least eight pack meetings within the past 12 months, with one of those meetings being to review the pack's program plans and asking for parental involvement in the pack. Den meetings start by October 31, 2017, and all dens meet at least twice each month within the past year. Pack earns the Summertime Pack Award.

Volunteer Leadership Measures

10. The pack has a Cubmaster, an assistant, and a committee of at least three members. Ideally, the chartered organization representative should not be dual registered as one of the committee members. The pack identifies persons for next year's leadership for existing dens, including Cubmaster, Den Leaders, and Webelos Den Leaders prior to the start of the program year. All dens have a registered leader by October 31, 2017.

11. All leaders have completed youth protection training. The Cubmaster and den leaders (paid or multiple registration) have completed position-specific training or, if new, will complete within three months of joining. Two-thirds of active committee members have completed leader-specific training.

Scoring the pack's performance: To determine the pack's performance level, you will use the above information to determine the points earned for each of the 11 criteria and then add those individual point scores to determine a composite score. Count only the highest point total achieved in any one criterion. Bronze level requires earning at least 525 points in at least 7 criteria, Silver level requires earning points in at least 8 criteria and 800 points, and Gold level requires earning points in at least 8 criteria and 1,050 points.

2017 Troop Journey to Excellence

  • Bronze: Earn at least 525 points by earning points in at least 7 objectives.
  • Silver: Earn at least 800 points by earning points in at least 8 objectives.
  • Gold: Earn at least 1,050 points by earning points in at least 8 objectives.
Item Objective Bronze Level Silver Level Gold Level Bronze Silver Gold
Planning and Budget Max Points = 200
#1 Planning and Budget: Planning and budget: Have a program plan and budget that is regularly reviewed by the committee, and it follows BSA policies related to fundraising.Have an annual program plan and budget adopted by the troop committee.Achieve Bronze, plus troop committee meets at least six times during the year to review program plans and finances.Achieve Silver, plus troop conducts a planning meeting involving youth leaders for the following program year.50100200
Membership Max Points = 500
#2 Building Boy Scouting: Have an increase in Boy Scout membership or maintain a larger than average troop size.Have a membership growth plan that includes a recruitment activity and register new members in the troop.Achieve Bronze, and either increase youth members by 5% or have at least 25 members.Achieve Silver, and either increase youth members by 10% or have at lea50100200
#3 Retention: Retain a significant percentage of youth members.Reregister 75% of eligible members.Reregister 80% of eligible members.Reregister 85% of eligible members.50100200
#4 Webelos-to-Scout transition: Have an effective plan to recruit Webelos Scouts into the troop.With a pack or Webelos den, hold two joint activities.Achieve Bronze, plus recruit two Webelos Scouts.Achieve Bronze, plus provide at least one den chief to a pack and recruit five Webelos Scouts.2550100
Program Max Points = 900
#5 Advancement: Achieve a high percentage of Boy Scouts earning rank advancements.40% of Boy Scouts advance one rank during the year.50% of Boy Scouts advance one rank during the year.60% of Boy Scouts advance one rank during the year.50100200
#6 Short-term camping: Conduct short-term or weekend campouts throughout the year.Conduct four short-term overnight campouts.Conduct seven short-term overnight campouts.Conduct nine short-term overnight campouts. 50100200
#7 Long-term camping: Participate in a long-term camp with a majority of the troop in attendance.The troop participates in a longterm camp.60% of Scouts attend a longterm camp.70% of Scouts attend a longterm camp.50100200
#8 Service projects: Participate in service projects, with at least one benefiting the chartered organization.Participate in three service projects and enter the hours on the JTE website.Participate in four service projects and enter the hours on the JTE website.Participate in five service projects and enter the hours on the JTE website.2550100
#9 Patrol method: Use the patrol method to develop youth leaders.The troop has patrols, and each has a patrol leader. There is an SPL, if more than one patrol. The PLC meets at least four times a year.Achieve Bronze, plus PLC meets at least six times. The troop conducts patrol leader training.Achieve Silver, plus PLC meets at least ten times. At least one Scout has attended an advanced training course, such as NYLT or Order of the Arrow Conference.50100200
Volunteer Leadership Max Points = 400
#10 Leadership and family engagement: The troop is proactive in recruiting sufficient leaders and communicates regularly with parents.Have a Scoutmaster, an assistant Scoutmaster, and a committee with at least three members.Achieve Bronze, plus the troop holds two courts of honor, where troop plans are reviewed with parents.Achieve Bronze, plus the troop holds three courts of honor, where troop plans are reviewed with parents.50100200
#11 Trained leadership: Have trained and engaged leaders at all levels.Scoutmaster or an assistant Scoutmaster has completed position-specific training.Achieve Bronze, plus the Scoutmaster and 60% of assistants have completed position-specific training or, if new, will complete within three months of joining.Achieve Silver, plus two-thirds of active committee members must have completed Troop Committee Challenge and at least one person has attended an advanced training course involving a total of 5 days or more.50100200

Planning and Budget Measures

1. The troop has a program plan and budget that is reviewed at all troop committee meetings, and the troop follows BSA policies relating to fundraising and fiscal management as found on the Unit Money-Earning Application form and any other publication that the council has developed for fundraising and fiscal management. A meeting is held with youth leaders where they are involved in developing the plan for the next program year. The troop's program plan should be shared with the unit commissioner.

Membership Measures

2. The troop has a growth plan, and conducts a formal recruiting event. On December 31, 2017, the troop has an increase in the number of youth members as compared to the number registered on December 31, 2016. A membership growth plan template can be found at [www.scouting.org/membership www.scouting.org/membership].

3. Number of youth members on the most recent charter renewal (A) divided by the number of youth registered at the end of the prior charter year (B) minus any age-outs (C). Total = (A) / (B-C). Age-outs are youth who are too old to reregister as Boy Scouts.

4. Hold at least two activities with a pack or Webelos den, and recruit new Webelos Scouts into the troop. Den chiefs are provided to one or more Cub Scout dens.

Program Measures

5. Total number of Boy Scouts advancing at least one rank ( Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle) during the calendar year (A), divided by the number of boys registered at the end of the year (B). Advancement = (A) / (B).

6. Conduct short-term (at least one overnight) campouts throughout the year.

7. Number of Boy Scouts who attend any in-council or out-of-council long-term summer camp (of at least five nights), high-adventure experience, or jamboree, or serve on camp staff within the past year, divided by the Boy Scout membership on June 30, 2017. Youth attending long-term specialty camps such as NYLT or STEM are also counted.

8. The troop participates in service projects during the year and enters them on the Journey to Excellence website. The projects may be completed as joint projects with other organizations. At least one project must benefit the chartered organization.

9. The troop is separated into patrols and each patrol has an elected patrol leader. If the troop has more than one patrol, there is an elected senior patrol leader. If the troop has more than one patrol, the PLC meets at least four times each year. The troop holds patrol leader training each year, and youth have the opportunity to participate in advanced training.

Volunteer Leadership Measures

10. The troop has a Scoutmaster, an assistant, and a committee of at least three members. Ideally, the chartered organization representative should not be dual registered as one of the committee members. The troop conducts courts of honor where youth are recognized and program plans are shared with parents.

11. All leaders have completed youth protection training. Scoutmaster and 60% of the assistants (paid or multiple registration) have completed position-specific training or, if new, will complete within three months of joining. Two-thirds of active committee members have completed Troop Committee Challenge. For Gold, one leader must have attended an advanced training course involving a total of 5 days or more, such as Wood Badge, Summit or Philmont Training Center, at some point in their Scouting tenure.

Scoring the troop's performance: To determine the troop's performance level, you will use the above information to determine the points earned for each of the 11 criteria and then add those individual point scores to determine a composite score. Count only the highest point total achieved in any one criterion. Bronze level requires earning at least 525 points in at least 7 criteria, Silver level requires earning points in at least 8 criteria and 750 points, and Gold level requires earning points in at least 8 criteria and 1,000 points.

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