|“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.1|
Are you Gold, Silver or Bronze?
During the Fall, every ship should have received their Charter Renewal Packet. In that envelope is the Journey to Excellence scorecard that needs to be reviewed with your ship’s quarterdeck, completed, signed, and returned to your District and Council in your renewal packet.
In a perfect world, your Quarterdeck, with input from your adult leadership, has been reviewing the JTE throughout the year. There are four objectives with nine items for consideration. Planning and Budget, Membership, Program and Volunteer Leadership. Each objective is divided into three levels with points. This method of evaluation is designed to make the process streamlined.
To earn Bronze, the ship needs to earn at least 500 points in at least six objectives, Silver, a minimum of 800 points in at least seven objectives and to earn the coveted Gold the ship is to earn no less than 1,100 points in at least seven objectives.
Your Quarterdeck requires some time to evaluate your Ship’s performance from the past year. Scouting.org provides Sea Scouts with a Journey to Excellence spreadsheet in Excel for expediting the process. Answer the questions, fill in the blanks and the spreadsheet will do the math. The Quarterdeck then needs to print out the forms, get the appropriate signatures and submit with all your re-charter paperwork to the council.
Remember it is important to submit your service project hours that your ship participated in as soon after each event as possible by logging in the service hours to https://servicehours.scouting.org/UI/Security/Login.aspx.
The 2016 JTE Scorecard that is in the Re-Charter envelope is for your Sea Scouts to know and acknowledge what their ship’s program will be judged upon for the this year. The objectives are remaining the same for 2016. Getting a jump on this will help your ship achieve the highest level of recognition.
Here are some questions and links for your Sea Scout program in planning for their 2016 program.
What do we want 2016 to look like?
Activities – What do we want to do?
Advancements – How can we get the crew to make rank?
Programming – What kind of boating do we want to accomplish?
Training – Is there any particular training we want or need?
Recruiting – How can we recruit other youth interested in our ship?
Planning & Budget – What do we need and how are we going to pay for it?
The answers to these questions by your Sea Scouts could give your Ship some fresh ideas on how to achieve GOLD in 2016!
Good luck and smooth sailing into an exciting 2016!
Capt. Kathy Weydig
WR Task Force Member