Journey to Excellence for Council Venturing

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA’s planning, performance, and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units, districts and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. The council-level Venturing version of this award, previously known as the Council Standards of Venturing Excellence (CSVE) Award, is presented by the BSA National Council to councils that complete the requirements during the previous calendar year. It is designed to measure a council’s Venturing program through analyzing various aspects of their growth in categories such as membership, trainings, events, and awards. Councils that earn the JTE Award will be presented a dated, framed certificate at the National Annual Meeting.


We highly recommend using the Journey to Excellence worksheet as your plan your year! For planning your 2020 Venturing year use this 2020 Journey to Excellence for Council Venturing worksheet.  Your results from 2020 will be recognized in 2021.

Submission Process

Fill out the following Journey to Excellence for Council Venturing application and turn it in by February 15 to

All councils are highly encouraged to submit the form even if they do not qualify for an award level.


  • Scoring
  • Bronze Level: 1700-2399
  • Silver Level * : 2400-2999
  • Gold Level * : 3000-3500

* If the Core Requirements score is greater than or equal to 1,700, a council is eligible for the bronze recognition and may earn additional points towards silver and gold in the Elective Requirements category.