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.
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.
three types of training are necessary to develop the Scouts’
The objectives of the NYLT course are:
give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the
give participants a basic knowledge of leadership, team building
& conflict resolution and help them relate these skills to their
give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences
with Scouts from other units.
create an atmosphere of Scouting at its best living by the Scout
Oath and Law.
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
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 the unit.
Does NYLT teach
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 aid.
How many Scouts do we
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 is due.
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 to NYLT!!!
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 experience.
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
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.
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
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.