Frequently Asked Questions

How does the scoring system for the Challenge work?

Whether you choose to compete in Green, Healthy, or Involved categories, the maximum score for each challenge is 118 points:  100 points for the basic challenge, and 18 possible additional points based on innovation, referring another neighborhood who takes the challenge (does not have to be the same challenge category as your neighborhood), or extra credit for submitting photos with captions that can be used in the Challenge social media campaign. Each scorecard has four recognition levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum). A neighborhood is eligible for Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum awards at the following point levels:

15-40 PTS
41-75 PTS
76-100 PTS

Is this online challenge compatible with all web browsers?

The 2016 Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge will work best if you use Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) or higher, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Versions of Internet Explorer that are older than IE 11 may present functionality issues for the user.

What is the deadline for submitting scorecards?

The 2016 Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge will take place from March 15, 2016 through June 15, 2016. Simply register and access each of the three scorecards.

Once you have created an account and started completing a scorecard, you will have the opportunity to update regularly throughout the Challenge until midnight on June 15, 2016.  All scorecards will be judged based on the information they contain by midnight on June 15, 2016.

What recognition and rewards are available?

All neighborhoods that participate in the Challenge and score 15 points or more will receive a Certificate Of Recognition. Neighborhoods that rank at the top on each category will be recognized at the 2016 Orange County Community Conference. Winners will also receive a "Block Party" to take place during National Night Out and other prizes.

Who in my neighborhood should complete this scorecard?

We recommend one (1) primary point of contact/administrator register your neighborhood as a new participant.

Are all three scorecards required?

This is your choice.  We invite participants to complete all three individual challenges, but you are also welcome to complete only one or two.

How often can I update my scorecard(s)?

You can update your scorecard as often as you would like. Please note the judging deadline to ensure your scorecard(s) is updated on time. The next judging deadline is midnight, June 15, 2016.

What if I do not sign-up when the Challenge is launched, and therefore would have less time to improve my score(s)?

You can begin the Neighborhood Challenge anytime within the Challenge timeframe; however, the end of the Challenge (midnight June 15, 2016) will remain the same for all participants regardless of when you begin.

Can I track my progress?

Once you set up an account, you will also have a link to track your progress from the dashboard. A graph will display your current score on each scorecard. Each time you log-in or access the dashboard, you can monitor your progress by the date of your entry and monitor your progress as it relates to the recognition levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Are Scorecards saved automatically?

NO they are not.  Please be sure to save frequently. Your login will timeout after 30 minutes of inactivity. Click the submit button at the bottom of each scorecard to save your progress at any point, and as frequently as needed.

If you need assistance, clarification on a question, or would like to learn more about how to improve your score on any scorecard, please email