National Youth Leadership Training
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 skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what they must KNOW, and what they must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.
In order to attend an NYLT course, a youth must have the following qualifications by the beginning of the course:
- All participants must complete the full course in order to receive credit. If it is a weekend course, the participant must attend both weekends. For the summer course, participants are required to attend the full week.
- Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
- Must have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.
- The minimum age requirement to attend NYLT will change effective on February 1, 2019. All participants must be 14 years old or 13 years old and have completed 8th grade; there cannot be any exceptions.
- They must be a First Class Scout and have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.
- For 2019 only, an exception will be granted for girls registered in Scouts BSA to attend NYLT without first achieving the First Class rank; they must still meet age requirements and first attend Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST.) This will allow new troops to have trained youth leaders. Girls who are registered Venturers do not need to achieve the First Class rank, but must attend Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) prior to participating in NYLT.
- Have a unit leader recommendation.
2019 Course Details
- Weekend 1: March 15-17, 2019
- Weekend 2: March 29-31, 2019
- July 15-20, 2019
- Weekend 1: October 25-27, 2019
- Weekend 2: November 1-3, 2019