What is Journey to Excellence?

“Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the Boy Scouts of America’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.

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 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 are doing well, you can give help and ideas to other units

How is Journey to Excellence different from the Quality Unit Award?

In the past, our council has been using the Centennial Quality Unit Award (CQUA) for units to set goals and priorities at the beginning of each year, and to assess a unit’s achievements against those set goals. Commissioners have helped with that process by coaching, guiding, and continually providing their own observations and encouragement throughout the year to help units achieve or improve on their CQUA goals.

Starting in January 2011, the new quality program called Journey to Excellence (JTE ) has become the new national performance assessment, communication, and recognition program for units, as well as for councils and districts.

Journey to Excellence provides ways to continuously make your unit better year after year! JTE will help good units get even better, and units that are just getting started or are reorganizing achieve a good program! Journey to Excellence helps you get there. It brings a structured approach with predetermined, nationally established levels of performance and expectations for a unit (this is the main difference between CQUA and JTE).