Journey to Excellence Award
"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the BSA's council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of units, districts, and councils. It replaces the Centennial Quality Awards program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.
Starting in January 2011, a new quality program called Journey to Excellence (JTE or sometimes J2E) has become the new national performance assessment, communication, and recognition program for units, as well as for councils and districts.
Many additional details are available on the BSA page.
The award patch is displayed on the uniform's right sleeve below the patrol emblem or den numeral. Only the most recent year's patch is worn, not a string of past year patches.
The Journey to Excellence program provides:
- A framework for planning the year
- A method for evaluating a unit
- Guidance in areas where a unit might do better
- Specific guidelines and standards of what is considered good performance
- Early warning of potential problem areas
- Recognition for good Scouting
- Benchmarking to get ideas and tips from other good units
See BSA Info page for award details, forms, and FAQ pages.
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Apr 04, 2014 - Tyler Villegas
JTE encourages patrols, patrol leaders, SPL, youth leader training, and PLCs. It does not encourage the Patrol Method. All the listed scoring criteria typically exist in the adult run, troop-method troop. And no coherent explanation of the Patrol Method exists to date in adult training.
JTE COULD encourage the Patrol Method by giving points for:
patrol and troop leaders elected by the Scouts;
significant separate patrol program;
advancement instruction and passing requirements primarily in the patrol context;
every patrol member with a functioning job;
Scouts planning the program of the patrols and troop, not just being "involved" in some unspecified way; and
SPL running the troop-level program and the planning thereof.
But JTE does not give points for the actual indicia of use of Scouting's "most important method."
In fact, JTE imagines that the Patrol Method is solely about developing youth leaders (which would be the Leadership Development Method): "Patrol method: Use the patrol method to develop youth leaders."
If you don't know where you're going, it's hard not to get lost.
Watering down Scouting's "most important method" is not a path to excellence in Boy Scouting..
Since #11 promotes training of adult volunteers, there is an expectation that the adults know how to implement the patrol method, as well as how to accomplish the other requirements.
There are over 300 pages at scouting.org that have "patrol method" in their content, including Scoutmaster Training and IOLS. The Troop Leader Guidebook also addresses it.
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