NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed, week-long program designed to provide youth a positive learning environment where development of leadership skills is at the core. The skills learned are immediately put into practice through a variety of games and activities in a fun environment. NYLT teaches lifelong leadership skills that extend far beyond scouting.

Who Should Attend?

NYLT should be part of the scouting experience for EVERY boy progressing along the trail to Eagle.  The following is a general timeline of how this works.

    •11 Year Old Boys – Attend 3 overnight camps with their Troop

    •12 Year Old Boys – Attend their first summer camp with their Troop and achieve the rank of 1st Class Scout

    •12-13 Year Old Boys – Attend NYLT AND their second summer camp with their troop.

    •13-15 Year Old Boys – Attend NYLT as a STAFF MEMBER and attend High Adventure activities with their unit.

    •15-18 Year Old Boys – Attend NYLT as a Senior Staff Member – Continue participating in unit activities.

Boy Scouts must have attended at least one week long camp and achieved the rank of 1st Class prior to attending NYLT.

All CIT's (Counselors in Training) who have accepted a position at a council camp are expected to attend NYLT prior to or during their first year of camp staff.

Girls who would like to attend NYLT must be registered Venturing Scouts who are at least 13 years old and have graduated the 8th grade or be 14 years of age or older. Girls are encouraged to apply for staff positions after their participant year.

The Scout can come with other members of their Troop or alone.  No Troop adult leadership is required accompany the scouts as all staffing and adult supervision for the week is provided by the Council.

Learning Objectives

NYLT is designed to give participants a working knowledge of advanced leadership skills, and help them relate these skills to their home and troop responsibilities. Scouts also have a wide range of opportunities to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops. Leadership requires vision, goals, planning, and teamwork. These are taught throughout the week in various settings including classroom presentations, games, competitions and hands-on experiences. The skills learned during the course also help prepare Scouts for parenthood and a lifetime of leadership roles.

Course Structure

Each NYLT course is setup to model a month in the life of an ideal Boy Scout Troop.  Like the Troop, NYLT participants are assigned to a patrol of 6-8 boys. The course emulates the first 3 weeks of the month, complete with Patrol Leader's Council meetings, Troop meetings, Patrol meetings, and planning for Troop activities. Incorporated throughout the course are a wide variety of games and activities that build individual skills and confidence, and also builds a patrol into a strong team. Scouting is a youth-led program, and this helps put the "youth" more strongly in charge.

The course is directed by a staff of youth leaders and instructors who work closely with their adult advisers. Scouts and their patrols get an opportunity to practice and experience leadership skills first-hand. Scouts who complete National Youth Leader Training return to their home units with a toolbox of leadership skills that enables them to better understand their role as someone who can and should shape the direction of their units.

What is Included?

Six days of instruction, learning and FUN including all materials and supplies. All meals and snacks are provided. Each participant will receive an NYLT t-shirt, hat, participant notebook, patch and an NYLT "talon" medallion upon successful completion of the course.

What is Required?

Participants will need to bring their own personal camping equipment, clothing and toiletry items. All participants are required to be properly outfitted in complete field uniform for course. (Official BSA shirt, pants, belt, socks) along with several BSA, Unit or Camp activity Shirts.  A complete packing list is available for download. Participants must agree to adhere to the NYLT Code of Conduct. In order to complete the course and receive the NYLT graduate "talon" participants must attend the entire six days. All fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to the start of the course. 

Register for NYLT

Fee's: $170 per participant. Fees will go up to $180 30 days before each course!  Make sure to sign up early!

Where:  The location is at Camp Fife for the first three weeks.  Week #4, June 26-July 1 will be held at Hull Valley Scout Reservation. Encompass week of July 4th, will be held at Camp Bartlett.

  • NYLT #5 - Encompass (Family Camp) at Camp Bartlett
    July 03, 2017 to July 08

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File Name Description
Code of Conduct Download
NYLT FLYER Download
Personal Equipment Checklist Download