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Performance Recognition Program Pack. What is Scouting’s Journey to Excellence?. Journey to Excellence is the new performance assessment, communication and recognition program for Councils, Districts and Units. This is the new “strategic plan” for Longs Peak Council Units.

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What is scouting s journey to excellence
What is Scouting’s Journey to Excellence?

Journey to Excellence is the new performance assessment, communication and recognition program for Councils, Districts and Units.

This is the new “strategic plan” for

Longs Peak Council Units

Performance recognition program pack

Journey to Excellence uses aBalanced Scorecard



Quality, growth, and sustainability must all be in balance for success to be truly achieved.


Performance recognition program pack

What do your Cub Scouts want from your Pack?

Fun, Adventure, Excitement, New Opportunities

What do you want from your Pack?

Fun, Rewarding, Chance to help youth, Chance for service

Efficient, Help from others, not take too much of your time, be successful

What do your Cub Scout’s parents want from your Pack?

Improved character, Cub Scout has fun and is happy

Safe, Well Organized, not too expensive, doesn’t take too much time

What does Scouting want from your Pack?

Serve youth, use BSA methods and policies, be healthy and growing

Journey to excellence provides
Journey to Excellence provides:

  • A framework for evaluating your Pack

  • Assessment of the key areas found in great Packs

  • Guidelines and standards of what is good performance

  • Early warning of potential problem areas

  • Recognition for your good performance

You assess your performance in key areas including
You assess your performance in key areas including

  • Advancement

  • Outdoor

  • Service Projects

  • Training

  • Membership

  • Retention

  • Leadership

  • Budget

In each area, you rate your performance against specific standards

Gold, Silver, Bronze or did not meet minimum standard

And did you show improvement?

You make your rating as part of your charter renewal

Emphasis of journey to excellence
Emphasis of Journey to Excellence

Continuous Improvement is a Goal

  • Did your unit do measurably better in key areas than last year

  • OR are you already performing at a high level in those areas

    Either way, you can qualify for the standard

Emphasis of journey to excellence1
Emphasis of Journey to Excellence

  • Program and Participation in the Pack (Membership) are most important factors

  • Administrative factors are considered

  • Factors which are early indicators of Pack strength and health are identified and assessed


  • Currently under the new program in LPC

  • Quality unit form is due with recharter

  • Forms are available now online

  • Training will take place at Roundtable

  • Units and commissioners use the form now for planning purposes

Here s an example
Here’s an Example

Advancement – Increase the percentage of Cub Scouts earning rank advancements.

Bronze – Have 55% of Cub Scouts advance one rank OR have a 2 percentage points increase – 100 points

Silver – Have 75% of Cub Scouts advance OR 55% advance, and have a 2 percentage points increase. - 200 points

Gold – Have 90% of Cub Scouts advance, or 75% and have a 2 percentage points increase. – 400 points

Here s another example
Here’s another Example

Outdoor activities- The pack has activities in the outdoors.

Bronze – Have three outdoor activities during the year. 75 pts

Silver – Have four outdoor activities during the year. 150 pts

Gold – Have five outdoor activities during the year 300 pts

How is your overall rating determined
How is your overall rating determined?

  • You receive points in each of the categories

    Gold, Silver, Bronze or no rating (no points)

  • Your total points are added to give your total score

  • Requirements are weighted as they correlate most with success receiving the most points

  • No one requirement is mandatory

  • Your total score determines your overall rating

    For 2011 Packs: Bronze is 700 plus complete 10 of 13 requirements, Silver is 1000 plus Bronze, Gold is 1600 plus Silver and Bronze

  • Journey to Excellence assessment is made at the time of your rechartering


  • Packs with a satisfactory performance receive the “Bronze” level of recognition

  • Packs which do better than satisfactory receive higher recognition

    • “Silver” level - Excellent Performance

    • “Gold” level - Outstanding Performance

  • Recognition items will include a ribbon, plaque and patches for the uniform

Here s how you might calculate the points for a typical pack
Here’s how you might calculate the points for a typical pack

Bronze Silver Gold

  • Advancement 100 200 400

  • Retention 100 200 400

  • Building Cub Scouting 75 150 300

  • Outdoor Activities 75 150 300

  • Trained leadership 50 100 200

  • Day/Resident Camp 50 100 200

  • Service Projects 50 100 200

  • Leadership Planning 50 100 200

  • Webelos to Scout Transition 50 100 200

  • Budget 25 50 100

  • Pack and Den Meetings 25 50 100

  • Re-register On Time 25

  • Annual Assessment 25

    SUM 300 450 400

    Bronze is earned because the Pack achieved 10 of 13 requirements. Total of 1150 points. Since Silver is 1000 and Gold is 1600, this pack qualifies for the Silver award.

You get early warning of potential problems
You get Early Warning of Potential Problems pack

  • The form has several requirements shown to be leading indicators of performance

  • The more important the requirement, the higher point value it has

  • If these requirements become negative the unit can take early action to head off more severe problems

There is incentive for continuous improvement
There is incentive for packContinuous Improvement

  • Improvement means better Scouting for the boys!

  • Better Performance can earn a higher level of Recognition

  • Key requirements are tracked

  • Your District can help you find units already at the Gold level to help you

  • Your unit may be able to give help in their Gold areas

Requirement standards change each year
Requirement Standards Change Each Year pack

  • Each year, the requirements will be reconsidered to reflect the improved performance by units

  • New standards for 2012 will likely be announced in early 2012

    • Performance for 2011 will determine the 2012 standards, so 2011 data will need to be collected and analyzed

  • A Silver performance for 2011 might only rate Bronze in 2012

Journey to excellence summary
Journey to Excellence Summary pack

Measuring our Continuous Improvement

Recognizing and Publicizing Outstanding Performance

Identifying Potential Problems so they can be addressed and corrected

Building Better Scouting for More Scouts

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All material can be found at and click on Scouting’s Journey to Excellence found under Quicklinks