What is NYLT?

The objective of NYLT is to teach participants the leadership skills necessary to become effective leaders in their home units, while helping them experience the fun and challenge of Scouting at its very best.

This is an intense, week-long leadership training course for Scouts and Venturers. As the third step in the Boy Scout/Venture program for Youth Leader development, this course provides your Scouts/Venturers with the Leadership skills they need to be truly effective. It is the most advanced Youth Leadership Training that Scouting offers.

The first step in Youth Leader training for a troop is the Introduction to Leadership and Crew Officer Briefing for a crew.   This is the individual counseling that the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor does with a youth when he undertakes a new position. It is the training in the specific functions of his new position.

The second phase of Youth Leader training for a troop is Troop Leader Training and Introduction to Leadership Skills for a crew.   This is training at the troop/crew level to help the youths to do a better job of working together. It addresses many very practical situations a Youth Leader may encounter. This training can only be effectively carried out at the Troop/Crew level.

The third phase of training is “National Youth Leadership Training” (NYLT). The interaction among scouts/venturers from all over the Council is a major ingredient in the course. That is why it is not able to be provided at the Unit level alone. NYLT supports and reinforces the training done by the home Troop.

All three types of training are necessary to develop the Scouts’/Venturers’ leadership potential fully.

We’ve never sent anyone before…Why should we send scouts to NYLT now?

Sending Scouts/Venturers to NYLT helps them to develop their leadership potential. This results in a smoother running unit. If your Troop/Crew is committed to having a youth run unit, your youth leaders need the skills presented in this course.

What Will It Cost?

·        Early Registration Fee: $200.00  

·        Regular Registration Fee:   $220.00

A non-refundable $50.00 deposit per Scout is required with the registration form to hold the reservation. Space is limited, so sign up early! If someone wants to register and pay fees in full they may end up “bumping” a scout whose fees are not paid in full. The course is limited to the first 48 fully paid participants.   Make a decision and make the commitment to attend.

All fees must  be paid by 2 weeks prior to the course.   Fees include all food and training materials, course promotional items, shoulder patch, t-shirt and neckerchief. Additional T-shirts may be pre-ordered and the cost will be around $10.00. Please indicate on the nomination form if you would like more than one course t-shirt.

There will be a “Stand-By List” for scouts who may become bumped or register after the course is full. Scouts on stand-by will be contacted shortly after June 10th if there is an opportunity becomes available for them to attend NYLT.

Individuals that cancel program reservation 30 days prior to the date of the event will receive a refund of fees paid, less a 15% administrative charge.  No refunds will made after the 30 day cancellation deadline unless there is a medical or other emergency.  In this case, substitutions may be made by troops/crews if a scout/venturer meets the same eligibility criteria. The scout/venturer who is the substitute must also receive his Scoutmaster’s/Crew Advisor’s recommendation in order to attend the course.   A substitution can only be made only prior to July 1st.  The NYLT Course Director must be notified beforehand if this were going to take place.

Isn’t the Troop/Crew or Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor Training Enough?

NYLT builds on and enhances the skills and ideas introduced at the other levels of training. NYLT is not designed to replace Troop/Crew Leader Training done by the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor which is the first and second step in BSA’s youth leadership training continuum. NYLT is the third step in the training continuum and it is designed to provide additional leadership skills and enhance the scouts’ ability to lead within the troop.

What Will the Scout/Venturer Learn?

The Scout will learn the fundamentals of good leadership. These include the skills of motivating people and getting the job done. They are presented in a form that encourages the Scout/Venturer to practice these skills as they are learned. The youth leaders will learn the importance of forming a group into a unit that is working together because they want to. The tools of communications, identifying and using resources, representing the group and dealing with problems will all be presented. Your Scout/Venturer will have an opportunity to practice these skills while learning the kinds of results they can bring. The skills related to planning, effective teaching, and sharing leadership also will be presented. These tools are the ones that will get the job done. Scouts are challenged through various Team activities to provide practical, hands on, experience in the use of these skills. The Scout/Venturer leaves with a “Leadership Tool Kit” to aid him in applying his newly acquired skills back in the Troop/Crew.

Does NYLT Teach Scoutcraft Skills Like the Old JLTC?

Our focus at NYLT is on the leadership skills and providing an opportunity to use and strengthen those skills. It is presumed that participants possess some skills in the areas of cooking, fire building, camping, knot tying, safety and first aid. They will have to prepare some of their own meals as a team during the course. They will also be introduced to navigating with a Global Positioning System unit and Wilderness First Aid which both are a part of the curriculum.



How Is the Course Organized?

The course is set up to represent a month in the life of a leadership team.  Teams will experience the stages of team development. Scouts/Venturers discover that leadership requires vision, goals, and planning. They learn how to define a vision, set goals for achieving it, and plan for accomplishing those goals. Built on the legacy of past youth leader training courses, NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. A wide range of activities, events, games and adventures will cause the NYLT participants to work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting/Venturing has to offer. The National Youth Leadership Training Conference is a week-long adventure that is fun, intense, and challenging.

Which Scouts Do We Send?

It is recommended that Scouts and Venturers attend NYLT that are now in leadership positions or will be soon be in these roles as well as those that meet the course’s eligibility requirements and the recommendation of their Scoutmaster’s/Venturer Advisor’s. This would include the positions of Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Crew Officer to name the most obvious. The real answer to the question of “who and how many” scouts/venturers to send to NYLT. It is more a question of the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor and parents both deciding, “Is this scout/venturer (my son or daughter) mature enough to take part in a week long intensive training course?” The Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor should also ask himself, “Does this scout/venturer have the potential to become a leader in the troop this year?” This is where the Scoutmaster’s/Crew Advisor’s recommendation is important!

It is always best to take advantage of the benefits of the Buddy System in Scouting and send two or more Scouts/Venturers to share the information and support each other upon returning to the troop.   Scouts/Venturers have also attended NYLT by themselves, without fellow troop member; and have done well in previous courses. Don’t let the lack of a buddy from the same troop attending become the deciding factor for a scout/Venturer not to attend. Scouts/Venturers will make new friends at this course.

Are Camperships Available?

Many units sponsor youth to attend NYLT by paying all or part of the course fee. Limited camperships may be available. Please contact our Course Director directly. Matthew Beck at matthewbeck90@gmail.com

A Final Thought:

Some may think that a week at camp isn’t long enough to teach a youth how to become a leader. Others believe a week dedicated to attending NYLT is just too long. There is no correct answer. Becoming a leader is an evolutionary process. The more practice they get using their leadership skills the better leaders they become. The NYLT course gets scouts/venturers started on the right path by presenting leadership skills, helps identify and strengthens the skills they already possess and gives them an opportunity to try out and hone those skill in a controlled, training environment. The Scout truly learns leadership by applying the skills he learns back in his home Troop under the guidance of his Scoutmaster. The training of youth leaders is the responsibility of the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisors. NYLT is designed to support, not replace, the Scoutmaster’s/Crew Advisor’s role in the training process.

Each scout/venturer who attends will do so as a representative of his home troop/crew and is required to wear the full scout uniform and insignia properly. Anything other than an Official BSA Field Uniform is unacceptable. No jeans or “off-brand green” shorts or pants. Only Official BSA Uniforms are ALLOWED!!