Journey to Excellence

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence 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.

Journey to Excellence, often shortened to JTE, is a self-evaluation tool that lets unit leaders see, quantitatively, how well their unit is meeting the goals of Scouting. Think of it as a progress report. You can check in regularly to make sure you’re delivering the best possible program for our Scouts and Venturers.  [READ MORE]

Don Shepard Interview – Michigan Business Network

The Michigan Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts of America is fortunate to have Don Shepard as their Scout Executive and CEO. The council geographically serves Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and over 70,000 members.

A chance encounter more than three decades ago ultimately led Shepard to his executive role with the Boy Scouts. Scouting has been a part of his life since his youth and in this interview, he discusses the “aim of scouting” Character, Citizenship and Fitness.

Listen now to full interview with Don

New Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training

As the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) welcomes girls into Cub Scouts and older girls into the Scouts BSA program starting on February 1, it is important that families understand the program or organization they are joining.

There have been some instances where our volunteers may have inadvertently used the name or trademarks of the Girl Scout of the USA (GSUSA) brand in spreading the word that girls are or will soon be part of all BSA programs. GSUSA recently have filed a lawsuit asserting that these instances have caused confusion. While we don’t believe there has been any such confusion, we respect and support the GSUSA and their rights to their brand.

To ensure that we promote our programs in a clear and Scout-like manner, we have developed resources to make sure our leaders are aware of the do’s and don’ts in promoting BSA programs.

The Scouts BSA Brand Guidance Training we are introducing today is one of the efforts underway to be sure Scouters have a clear understanding of what they can do. This builds on the infographic that was shared last month, and the guidance provided to councils in April.

This training should be shared with all staff and volunteers to bring this understanding to all parts of our community.

While our goal is to encourage youth to join our program, we must always be clear in our communications about the program they are joining.

  • We are The Boy Scouts of America.
  • The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA are different organizations.
  • We support all other youth organizations and do not disparage them.
  • We encourage parents to enroll all youth in a character development program that meets their needs – and the BSA is certainly ready to welcome them.

To aid you in this effort, councils and volunteers are encouraged to use these intro talking points as you host info sessions and launch efforts for Scouts BSA.

Additionally, please use this resource to help address any questions you might get in the community about this matter.

Thanks for all you do for Scouting,

Patrick W. Sterrett
Assistant Chief Scout Executive, National Director of Field Service

Important Training Update

Please ensure any leaders who are currently working towards Position-Specific Training for any Cub Scout or Boy Scout/Scouts BSA positions complete their training as soon as possible (the end of the year may have system slowdowns, so earlier completion is urged).

If any volunteers who are currently trained or training in these programs will be involved with Family or Girl-only Packs or Troops I would suggest that they revisit their training pages on ScoutingU after Jan 2, 2019 to see if there are new modules that would be helpful to them in providing the best programs to our youth.

Cyber Week Deals – Trail’s End Popcorn

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Login and Share – Trail’s End Account

Offices Closed

The Michigan Crossroads Council Service Centers will be closed on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23.  We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 26.   Scout Shops will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.

Internet Rechartering

Unit Internet Recharters are due soon.   For assistance, please visit or contact your Unit Commissioner or Unit Serving Executive.

Scouts BSA Recruitment Resources

Looking for recruitment assets for Scouts BSA?  Good news — we have gathered all the material and put it one easy to find place.  Check out all the resources to help you promote and recruit for your Scouts BSA troop.

Video Statement by Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive

A statement on the recent announcement of a federal lawsuit by Girl Scouts of the USA against the Boy Scouts of America on the grounds of using the term “Scout” in their marketing of the soon-coming, co-ed “Scouts BSA” program.

“We are fans of any organization that builds character in children. We all know that kids who get involved in organizations achieve the positive outcomes that empower them to do better in life. So we encourage girls to join Girl Scouts, 4H, Cub Scouts, or whatever programs are right for them. We would like nothing better than the 95% of youth who do not belong to any organization to find one that’s right for them.”

– Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America


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