“Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

The criteria below are a measure of how well a troop is doing- the grading is such that only 5% of units should fall into the GOLD award category, but most should be able to achieve BRONZE-

Item
Number
Objective Bronze Level Silver Level Gold Level Bronze
Points
Silver
Points
Gold
Points
2017 2018
1 Advancement: Increase the percentage of Boy
Scouts earning rank advancements.
Have 40% of Boy Scouts
advance one
rank or have a 2
percentage points
increase.
Have 45% of Boy Scouts
advance, or 40%
advance and have a 2
percentage points
increase.
Have 50% of Boy Scouts
advance, or 45% and
have a 2 percentage
points increase.
75 150 300 0% 0%
2 Retention: Improve retention rate. Retain and re-register
75% of eligible
members, or have a 2
percentage points
increase.
Retain and re-register
80% of members, or
retain and re-register
75% and have a 2
percentage points
increase.
Retain and re-register
85% of members, or
retain and re-register
80% and have a 2
percentage points
increase.
75 150 300 83% 83%
3 Building Boy Scouting: Have an increase in
membership or be larger than the average size
troop.
Have a net gain of one
member over last year,
or have at least 14
members.
Increase youth members
by 5%.
Increase youth members
by 10%.
75 150 300 3% 7%
4 Trained leadership: Have a trained and engaged
troop committee.
Have a Scoutmaster, an
assistant SM, and a
committee with at least
three members. The SM
and all assistants have
completed LeaderSpecific Training, or if
new leaders, within
three months of joining,
and the troop has put on
Introduction to
Leadership Skills for
Troops.
Bronze level, plus
Scoutmaster and
Assistant Scoutmasters
have completed
Introduction to Outdoor
Leader Skills
, or if new
complete within six
months of joining.
Silver level, plus all
committee members
must have completed
Troop Committee
Challenge
75 150 300
5 Short-term camping: The troop conducts 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.
50 100 200 22 120
6 Long-term camping: The troop participates in a
long-term camp.
The troop participates in
a long-term camp.
60% of Scouts attend a
long-term camp.
70% of Scouts attend a
long-term camp.
50 100 200 11% 83%
7 Patrol method: The troop uses the patrol method. The troop has patrols,
and each has a patrol
leader. There is an SPL
if more than one patrol.
The PLC meets four
times a year. The troop
holds patrol leader
training.
PLC meets six times a
year, including an
annual planning
meeting.
PLC meets 10 times a
year, including an
annual planning
meeting, and one Scout
attends NYLT.
50 100 200 PLC: 11
NYLT: 6
PLC: 59
NYLT: 8
8 Service projects: The troop participates in service
projects, with one benefitting your chartering
organization. The projects and hours are entered
on the Journey to Excellence website.
Participate in four
service projects.
Participate in five
service projects.
Participate in six service
projects.
50 100 200 57 292
9 Webelos-to-Scout transition: Have a Webelos-to-
Scout transition plan.
With a pack or Webelos
den, hold two joint
activities, one of which
is a Webelos parent
orientation and camp
promotion meeting.
Recruit two Webelos Scouts. Recruit five Webelos Scouts. 50 100 200 10 26
10 Budget: The troop has a budget that is continually
reviewed by the committee and follows BSA policies
relating to fundraising and fiscal management.
Have a written budget
reviewed at committee
meetings and that
follows BSA policies.
Earn the Bronze level,
plus Scouts participate
in the budget planning
process.
Earn the Bronze and
Silver levels, plus
budget is completed by
August 31 for the next
program year.
25 50 100
11 Courts of honor/parents meetings: Scouts are
recognized for their badges at courts of honor.
Scouts are recognized
for badges or cards at
least twice a year at
courts of honor, where
troop plans are
reviewed with parents.
Three courts of honor
are held with families
attending.
Four courts of honor are
held with families
attending.
25 50 100 4 20
12 Fitness: Troop meetings and activities include
physical fitness components
Troop program regularly
includes active physical
activity such as hiking,
cycling or some physical
activity
Bronze plus the troop
promotes and
coordinates group
fitness activities.
Silver plus the troop
holds an ongoing fitness
competition where
members can track their
performance
50 100 200
13 Reregister on-time Complete reregistration,
obtain all signatures,
and submit paperwork
to the council office
prior to the expiration of
your charter.
50

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