“Journey to Excellence” Replaces Centennial Quality Program – Updated

Scouting’s “Journey to Excellence” is the new performance measurement and recognition program for councils, districts, and units that replaces the Centennial Quality program. Its goal is to align unit, district, and council performance to maximize results in key performance areas that are directly related to producing a successful, growing, and sustainable Scouting program (such as membership retention, financial strength, camping, and advancement).

The purpose of the awards program is to encourage and reward success in units, districts, and councils; measure performance versus process; and achieve Scouting’s mission of serving more youth with a higher‐quality program. For units, this program brings a framework for planning the year, an evaluation method, the identification of early warning signs, guidance in areas of concern, recognition, and benchmarking.

The program starts in January for councils and districts. For units, the program begins with October recharters.

Recognition levels are bronze (satisfactory), silver (excellent), and gold (outstanding). Levels for councils are tracked in overall performance and in each of 17 different criteria using matrixes that are already captured in ScoutNET.

Check MyBSA and Scouting.org for webinar training dates. If you have questions, you may contact the Mission Impact Department at jte@scouting.org .

BSA Journey to Excellence website

Requirements Docs
JTE District Requirements
JTE Crew Requirements
JTE Troop Requirements
JTE Pack Requirements

The standards are based on the Kaplan and Norton balanced scorecard, which was selected by Harvard Business Review as one of the “most important management practices of the past 75 years.” Many leaders in for-profit and not‐for‐profit industries have adopted the balanced scorecard approach with award‐winning results.

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