I am grateful that Scouting’s focus on doing a good turn fits so well with the ideals of service taught by so many religions. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I appreciate the third Purpose of the Aaronic Priesthood which asks young men and Scouts to “provide meaningful service” and to follow the example of Jesus Christ who was a true servant-leader.
It is hard for some Scouts to remember the difference between the Scout Motto and the Scout Slogan, but with the last name of Dailey, I have always been able to tell them apart. In fact, most of the Scouts and units that I have worked with quickly learned the difference as they changed the Scout Slogan to “Do a Good Turn…Dailey” and then looked at me asking what acts of service I had performed recently. Needless to say, service has become a way of life for me and for my sons (who also have my last name).
When I became a district executive in October of 2014, I was immediately involved with re-chartering and with 2014 reporting about the Journey to Excellence (JTE) in the Orem District. I was not quite prepared to process all of the information from 22 Stakes, 175 Wards, and close to 700 units (packs, troops, teams, and crews). And I owe big thank you to everyone involved in getting that huge task of re-chartering completed, but here is my plea … to improve our JTE reporting.
The Orem District is one of the largest in the nation for number of youth and adults served only had 27% of our units reach JTE Bronze or higher. That is an extremely low number.
As I reviewed the JTE scores I found something very interesting. It was one thing that will make a very BIG difference. One of the Items that all units report about is service provided during the calendar year and recorded on the JTE website.
I was shocked to find that 78% of units in the district reported NO SERVICE!!!
I know that the volunteers in this district are service giving people!
I initially thought that units didn’t want to let the left hand know what the right hand was doing so that they would receive blessings in heaven and not receive the honor of men. (See Matthew 6)
After reviewing the information provided on the Journey to Excellence reports, I found that 39 of the units (6%) who reported JTE actually underlined a section in the service description which required that the unit report service provided on the JTE website and then they didn’t take any credit for service (even though they probably did a lot).
When I realized this, I quietly gave a prayer of thanksgiving for the leaders of the District who live the principles of the Scout Oath and Law by doing their best and by being trustworthy. Their example of honesty will certainly be mirrored by the youth that you serve who see your quiet good works. Thank you for that wonderful example. It is one that I will never forget and that I will often talk about.
NOW…My challenge to you all of you is to do 4 things:
- Register your Ward/Unit on the JTE Service Reporting Web Site:
- During the month of March perform service at your unit level. This is a good month because many of your units will be involved with Scouting for Food.
- Report the service your unit provides on the JTE Service Reporting Web Site.
- Report at least two (2) additional service projects on the web site before the end of the year.
If you have any questions about how to do this please call the Council Service Center at 801-437-6222.
Recording Service Hours
You will need your unit ID (five to 11 digits) and your unit number (four digits, no letters). You can get this information by calling your council service center.
Go to our website at www.scouting.org/Awards/JourneyToExcellence. Look for the “Service Project” area of the screen. Click on “Enter service hours here.” Choose “Click here to log in or create an account.” Volunteers with a MyScouting account can also reach the Journey to Excellence service hour website by clicking on the service hours link on the left side of the screen in the “Unit Tools” section.
Select “Click Here” to register. Complete your information and create a user name and password. The user name must be unique (you may have to try again). Your e-mail address will be used only if you forget your password.
Enter your user name and password, then click “Login.” Select an option.
View All Previously Recorded Projects
To select the project you want to view or edit, click on the project name. To edit the project, click on the field, type in the correct information, and press “Update.” To print a certificate, press “Print Certificate.”
Report a Service Project
Select one service project type that best describes your project. Input the data requested:
- Date of the project
- Number of registered Scouts participating
- Number of non-Scouts (brothers, sisters, friends)
- Number of adult leaders participating
- Number of other adults participating
- Total hours worked (number of people times the length of time they worked)
- Organizations that joined you on the project
- Who or what organization benefited from the project
- Number of items collected (if applicable)
Click on “Submit.” When you submit your information, you will be asked whether you have any additional projects to record. To print a certificate, press “Print Certificate.”
Author: Russell Dailey | District Executive, Orem District, Utah National Parks Council, BSA