Journey to Excellence

Complete Your Journey To Excellence Worksheet!

Please complete your JTE Worksheet and email it to me ( no later than 5pm on Monday December 30th. If you need help please contact your Unit Commissioner. If you are unsure who that is, send me an email. Unit Commissioners, please reach out to your unit Key 3 and facilitate the completion of JTE by Monday!

Journey to Excellence

May 2019 Journey to Excellence Status

The May 2019 Journey to Excellence (JTE) metrics have been released and I want to update you on our current status of the District. The Lewis & Clark District is currently ranked as Silver with a score of 1350 out of a possible 3000. Mountain Valley District is currently leading the Montana Council with 1375.

There are 16 JTE categories. We are ranked gold in 4 categories, silver in 5, bronze in 2, and unrated in 5. We have 6 months to increase our score to gold– we are only 300 points away!


We are doing great in these categories and are currently gold:

  • Youth Retention: We are up in retention by over 10%! This is measured by the number of Scouts who remain registered one year later.
  • Cub Scout Camping: Thank you to all our Cub Packs for reporting in your camping numbers! Keep it up. If your pack is camping we need to know. This is measured by the Cub Scouts who attend Day Camp, Family, and/or Resident Camp. If your Pack does a family camp, please let Sandra know!
  • Scouts BSA Camping: This is the percent of Scouts who attend summer camp (out of Council camps counts!), go on high adventure campouts, or serve on camp staff. This is measured by attending any long-term camp, high adventure experience, specialty camp, Jamborees, or serving on camp staff.
  • New Unit Growth: We have a new Scouts BSA troop in Great Falls and a new Cub Scout Pack in Dutton! This is measured by the number of existing and new units which remain registered for one year.


Silver categories are places we can work to improve:

  • Membership Growth: We are currently at 2.64% growth! That is amazing and with a strong fall recruitment season we can expect to bump that up into the gold range of 3%. But we need each of you to help because every new Scout is going to count. Please consider inviting your friends and neighbors to your next Scout meeting! This is measured by the total number of youth registered compared to last year.
  • Community Service: Scouts are doing so much service BUT it is not being recorded! If you are not entering your units service into the Service Hours Reporting System it does not count! Entering service data into Scoutbook is not enough, and is only for advancement purposes – it DOES NOT count toward this metric. This is measured by the total number of service hours performed by youth, leaders, and other participants divided by the total number of youth.
  • Unit Contacts: Our unit commissioners are out there working hard to serve every unit in the district. Commissioners: don’t forget to log those visits! We are currently leading the Council for number of contacts. Gold is achieved by 40% of all unit in the District having 6 visits. This is measured by the number of units receiving 6 or more visits/contacts reported via Commissioner tools then divided by the number of units. To be counted, the unit needs a total of at least 6 logged visits in the calendar year.
  • District Committee: Our district committee is solidly silver. To reach gold we are really going to have to work. We need 10 additional members and one more vice chair. Does your unit have a member on the district committee? We would like all of our units to be represented! This is measured by the number of registered district committee members (14/21/32 for bronze/silver/gold) the number of registered vice chairs, and if the district chair and commissioner positions are filled.
  • Unit Leadership Trained: Currently, 53% of our direct contact leaders (Cubmasters, Den Leaders, or Scoutmasters) are trained. We need to increase that number to 75% to move up to gold. This is measured by the number of direct contact leaders divided by the total number in that position.


Bronze level categories is where we really need your help!

  • New Member Recruiting: Every new scout helps us toward this goal. We have big plans for the Fall but we win in this category by recruiting our friends.
  • Cub Scout Advancement: 52% of our Cub Scouts advanced so far this year. Did all of your pack’s advancement get entered? What is your Pack doing to ensure that every Tiger-Webelos earns their Bobcat Award? This is measured by the total number of Cub Scouts earning at least one rank during the year, divided by the total number of Cub Scouts.

No Score

No score areas are a place for the biggest improvement, or they are metrics that get scored once a year.

  • Scouts BSA Advancement: Only 21% of Scouts in the advanced one or more ranks so far this year! Please input and award those advancements as they happen. We will need at least 50% of our Scouts to advance to reach gold! This is measured by the total number of Scouts in Scouts BSA earning at least one rank during the calendar year divided by the total number of Scouts BSA Scouts. Ranks include: Scout to Eagle.
  • Fundraising Performance: Is input in December of each year. Lewis & Clark District’s goal is $45,000. We have so far raised $22,000. This is a binary metric: either we achieve our goal or we do not. This is measured by the Council determined standard for each district for the amount of money raised.
  • Fundraising Manpower: If it is entered, this is only input in December of each year. This data was not entered last year, it is unclear if it will be entered for this year. This is measured by the Council determined standard for each district for the number of volunteers involved in fundraising activities.
  • Community Impact: Is input once each year. It is unclear why this data is not measured in Montana Council. This is measured by the total number of youth divided by the total youth in the area.
  • Unit Performance: Is input once each year. BUT this is where your unit’s JTE score factor in! This is measured by the total number of units that are rated bronze and above, divided by the total number of units.
Journey to Excellence

May Journey to Excellence: We’re doing great!

1st Place!
Lewis & Clark District scores highest for May 2019!

We’ve just received word that Lewis & Clark received the highest score of Montana Council and total rated criteria for May 2019! Well done to everyone in the District!

  • Our best rated categories include Membership/Youth Growth, Cub Scout Camping, Boy Scout Camping, and Unit Retention!
  • We need to improve in New Member Recruiting, Cub Scout Advancement, and Unit Contacts
  • We could improve Youth Retention, Community Service Hours reporting, District Committee Membership, and Unit Leadership training
  • We haven’t been rated or have no score yet in Fundraising Performance, Fundraising Manpower, Market Share, Scouts BSA Advancement, and Unit Performance

Our Scouting Journey to Excellence

Journey to Excellence (JTE) is Scouting’s way to measuring the quality of our program at each of our Packs, Troops, Crews and Teams.  A unit with a high JTE score is a unit that is recruiting youth, advancing them in the program and delivering a great Scouting program.
Your unit’s JTE score tells the parents in your unit about how the great program that they will experience for their son if they join or continue to participate in your unit.  Completing this exercise is extremely worthwhile.  Your JTE score is due with your unit recharter.  If that proves to be impossible, please turn it in to District Executive Dustin Shoemake or District Commissioner Rex Jewett by December 1.
You can download your scoresheets here:
Cub Scout Pack scoresheet: 2017_JTE_Pack_Scorecard
Boy Scout Troop scoresheet: 2017_JTE_Troop_Scorecard
Venturing Crew scoresheet: 2017_JTE_Crew_Scorecard
Varsity Team scoresheet: 2017_JTE_Team_Scorecard