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JTE logo“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

Journey to Excellence Resources – from BSA National

Logging Service Hours

Why Log Service Hours?

  • As part of the Journey to Excellence, Scouting is working to do a better job of documenting the Service that Scout Units are providing to their communities.
  • Data can be used in Marketing Campaigns to promote Scouting within the Community
  • If we do a better job of Marketing Scouting within our communities, it should enable us to raise more funds from the communities, and shift some costs from Scout families to the communities.
  • Allows the Unit, District, and Council to track the impact that Units are making in the Community

What Hours should be Logged?

  • Any service hours performed by your unit for individuals or organizations in the community
  • Service hours performed by your unit to support your Chartered Organization
  • Scouting for Food Hours
  • Volunteering at Madison Marathon or similar events
  • Eagle Project Hours

How to Log Hours

  • Select someone from your unit to be responsible for logging service hours.  This is a great committee position for someone who can only commit a small amount of time.
  • Collect data as Service Projects are completed. Information should include:
    • Date Service Project was Completed,
    • Number of Scouts (Youth),
    • Number of Non Scout Youth (siblings, friends),
    • Number of Adults Leaders,
    • Number of other Adults,
    • If items were collected, the number of items collected,
    • Number of Service Hours from all of the above volunteers to complete this volunteer service event or project,
    • Who the project benefited,
    • and a brief 1-2 sentence description of the service project.
    • Make sure that Service Hours are logged as soon as possible after an event.
    • Go to the website at www.scouting.org/Awards/JourneyToExcellence. Look for the “Service Project” area of the screen. Click on “Enter service hours here.”
    • Create a User Account using the Instructions found on the Council Website or using the following link:  https://scoutnet.scouting.org/gtfa/includes/files/popHelp.htm
    • When logging hours, print out a certificate to keep with your Journey to Excellence materials.

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