Troop 103 has achieved Gold Level status for the 2016 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 our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.
The Troop has qualified for the Journey to Excellence Award each year since its inception and for many consecutive years prior with the Quality Unit Award that was replaced by the Journey to Excellence Award.
Troop 103 is proud of providing and offering an excellent Scouting Program that provides opportunities to our youth to experience the outdoors and grow both morally and physically into strong leaders of the future. This scout led program is a partnership of both youth and adults.
In 2016, the Troop excelled in the following award objectives:
- Planning and Budgeting. The scouts plan activities for the entire year at a planning outing each year. Our planning calendar is published on our website.
- Membership Growth Plan
- Retention of scouts in the troop
- Webelos-to-Scout transition
- Short-Term Outings (Nine outings)
- Long-Term Camping Participation (70% participation rate)
- Service Projects: The Troop Participated in over 18 Service projects that benefited the community without any financial benefit to the Troop or scouts.
- Following the Patrol Method. The troop has patrols, and each has a patrol leader. Our Troop’s youth leadership includes a Senior Patrol Leader and his assistant, We have patrols that are led by a Patrol Leader. The Troop also elects many other officers including the Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, etc.. The youth leadership (Patrol Leaders Council) meets each month.
- Leadership and Family Engagement. Troop 103’s leadership is made up of 20 adult leaders with well over 400 years of combined experience. It includes a Scoutmaster and his 4 Assistant Scoutmasters. The Troop is fully supported by 15 additional committee members.
- Trained Adult Leaders: All adult leaders including all committee members are fully trained in their positions. Three members of our leadership have also taken a week-long Wood-badge training. Multiple members of the committee support the district in planning and executing district activities.