National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed
program designed for councils to provide youth members with
leadership skills and experience they can use in their home unit
and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader
must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he 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.
This intense six day leadership training course is for
youth members of Boy Scouting or Venturing programs.
As the second step in the Scout program for youth leader
development, this course provides your Scouts with the
leadership skills they need to be truly effective. It is the
most advanced youth leader training offered by a local council.
- The first phase begins in the unit with the
Senior Patrol Leader or Venture Crew President and the unit
leader who together conduct the training. This training, at
the unit level, is designed to help the youth 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 unit level. “Troop
Leader Training” (item # 34306) for Troops and Teams and
“Venturing Leadership Skills Course” (item # 34340) for
Crews may be purchased at a Scout Shop or Trading Post.
The second phase is “National Youth
Leadership Training” (NYLT). The interaction among Scouts from
all over the Council is a major ingredient in the course. NYLT
supports the training done by the home unit leader.
The third phase is “National Advanced Youth
Leadership Experience” (NAYLE). This advanced week-long course
is provided at a regional and national level available to youth
who complete NYLT.
All three types of
training are necessary to develop the Scouts’ potential fully.
The objectives of the NYLT course are:
- To give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the
To give participants a basic knowledge of leadership, team
building & conflict resolution and help them relate these skills
to their unit responsibilities.
To give participants the opportunity to share ideas and
experiences with Scouts from other units.
To create an atmosphere of Scouting at its best living by the
Scout Oath and Law.
To enhance the relationship between the participant and his/her
To have FUN
We’ve never sent anyone before - why should we now?
Sending Scouts to NYLT helps them develop their
leadership potential. This results in a smoother running unit.
If your unit is committed to having a true youth run program,
your youth leaders need the skills presented in this course.
Isn’t the unit or unit leader training enough?
NYLT builds on and enhances the skills and ideas
introduced at the other levels of training. NYLT is not designed
to replace the training done by the unit leader, it is designed
to provide additional leadership skills and enhance the youth
leader’s ability to lead within the unit.
What will the Scout 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
to practice these skills as they are learned. The Scout 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 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 Patrol
activities to provide practical, hands on, experience in the use
of these skills. The Scout leaves with a “Leadership Tool Kit”
to aid him/her in applying his/her newly acquired skills back in
Does NYLT teach Scoutcraft skills?
Our focus at NYLT is on the leadership skills and
providing an opportunity to use and strengthen those skills.
Participants must have achieved the rank of First Class or
higher prior to attending NYLT if registered in a Troop or Team.
It is presumed they already possess skills in the areas of
cooking, fire building, camping, knot tying, safety and first
How many Scouts do we send?
Send the Scouts who are now in leadership positions in
your unit, or will soon be. This would include the positions of
Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol
Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Junior Assistant
Scoutmaster and all Crew Officers to name a few. The real answer
to the question of who and how many Scouts to send is more a
question of who you think is mature enough to take part in a
week-long intensive training course and who you believe the
future leaders of your unit will be. It is always best to
remember the benefits of the buddy system in Scouting and send
two or more Scouts to share the information and support each
other upon returning to the troop.
Some may think that a week isn’t long enough to teach a
youth how to become a leader. Others believe a week is just too
long. Both are incorrect and both right! Becoming a leader is an
evolutionary process. The more practice they get using their
leadership skills the better leaders they become. At the NYLT
course, we get the Scout started on the right path by presenting
leadership skills, helping identify and strengthen the skills
they already possess and giving them an opportunity to try them
out and hone them in a controlled, training environment. The
Scout really learns leadership by applying the skills he/she
learns back in his/her home unit under the guidance of his/her
unit leader. The training of youth leaders is the responsibility
of the unit leader. NYLT is designed to support, not replace,
the unit leader’s role in the training process. Each scout who
attends will do so as a representative of his/her home unit and
will wear the uniform and insignia of his/her home unit.
A mother whose son participated in NYLT sent the following to
the council after course. The boys name has been modified to
protect his identity.
When does a boy become a man? That is a question that has
been asked over decades and even centuries. A delightful and
respected friend of mine, came to me at our recent court of
honor this summer. We were talking about our boys, all scouts.
She mentioned how she had watched my son go from a goofy boy to
a young man this summer. Well, I must give credit where credit
It seems that many small things have had an impact on our
son’s life. But a more significant one is when he saw three of
his fellow scouts receive their Silver Bear Awards from NYLT. He
wanted a Silver Bear. So he dug up some courage and went to the
scout master, who told him, you need to have the rank of 1st
class, and currently don’t qualify. “T” was sad.
About 6 weeks later he went to summer camp at camp
Chawanakee. He had a wonderful time and came home happy. He was
also looking for his next adventure. Two days after his return,
he asked me if he could finish his first class rank and go to
NYLT. Off to the phone I went to see if he could register late.
The answer was yes, and “T” wasn’t going to let anything get in
his way. This is what his next adventure would be. This
determination & decision would carry him through the next 2
weeks of learning all he needed to, and present himself for his
board of review. He came out of his board of review elated. Off
Well I wasn’t there for NYLT so I can only relate a few
things of what happened there and then the transformation of
“T”. First, “T” was the Patrol Leader the first day. He said
this was very tuff. After another tough day at NYLT, he came up
with this saying, “If we can fight together, we can be a team
together!” Wow, what a powerful statement from a 13 year old boy
who was definitely goofy. His patrol came together and now they
keep track of each other over the internet. What a great bonding
So, we as a family headed up to see “T”. When we get
there, there is a young man. Confidence, a vision, and
absolutely fun loving, is what we found in our son. A dream for
us had been realized. He caught a vision, a dream, a goal. He
knew what he wanted to do in scouting, and in life. He was
aiming for the stars, and well, he might just reach them. He
hopes that his troop will catch the vision of what NYLT can do!
“T” is using his skills in All of his life. When his
littlest sister was having a meltdown (a big fit) two days after
NYLT, we went to her and said, I want to do something with you.
I want to use a technique I learned to help you. He did, and she
calmed down amazingly fast. He redirected her back to her goal,
and off went his jubilant 6 year old sis. Wow, he did this in
front of me.
In school, he is dedicating himself to learn his hardest
subject. He was discussing math with his sister the other night,
using the terminology and even explained a mathematical
principle to her, (his sister who’s a math fanatic).
He laughs at his Dad when he tells him something
ridiculous. He used to be gullible and believe the silly things
he was told. He still has his wonderful gullible side, but now
he can tell when it’s ridiculous.
And then he manages his mom. We talk about what he wants
to do and lets me know what decisions he’s made, so that we can
coordinate them into the family plans.
He’s managing himself too! He finds a quiet place and
does his homework. He cheerfully helps with what he’s asked. And
he walks the walk. He decided to set a goal to sell enough
popcorn this year to earn a scholarship and the other bonus
rewards along the way. He has sold more than enough to earn the
Military Patch and join the $600 club. He is just over $1800.00
in popcorn sales and is working toward a goal of $2500.00. The
leadership skills he has learned at NYLT and the opportunity
afforded by Trails End Popcorn have enabled “T” to lead on his
own and by example show others in his troop the value of Popcorn
sales at the troop level.
So “T” made a choice, NYLT helped him discover who he is,
become comfortable with who he is and the result is a young man
that focuses, makes good decisions and acts on them. NYLT has
taught “T” that leadership is the process of including others in
your dreams and goals. I think this is how a boy becomes a man.