NYLT – National Youth Leadership Training


Every year Troop 2193’s Adult Committee Voting Members and Scoutmaster select two Scouts for National Youth Leadership Training. These Scouts are selected due to their leadership potential and that hey have expressed interested in taking on the further responsibilities as the troop’s next (SPL) Senior Patrol Leader or (ASPL) Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.   

The NYLT program consists of an orientation, a three weekend outdoor “practical” phase and an “application” phase. During the practical phase, youth are trained in team building and leadership in an outdoor experience, which calls on them to use all of their scouting skills. During the application phase, youth applies the skills they have learned in their home Troop or Crew with the assistance of their adult leaders.

The course is conducted by a staff of trained volunteer youth and adults selected for their knowledge and dedication. This valuable leadership experience promotes confidence, knowledge and growth for both the individual and the Troop or Venture Crew.

 Qualifications are as follows:

§         Be a First Class Scout before the start of the course (for Boy                    Scout applicants only).

§         Be at least 13 years old by the start of the course.

§         Currently hold a leadership position in the Troop or Crew, or                  have the potential and desire to serve as Senior Patrol Leader                or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for a troop, or President or                  Vice President for a crew.

§         Be recommended by unit leader to attend the course.

§         Have participated in unit leadership training

NYLT for 2018 will focus around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he/she must KNOW, and what he/she must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. These skills will evolve during the three weekends as each patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

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 troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

For many years, junior leader training (JLT) was an important part of the leadership training continuum of BSA local councils throughout America. In 2003 and 2004, a task force of leadership experts and hundreds of Scouts in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new NYLT syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today’s Scouts.

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 three weekend as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

NYLT is a 3 weekend commitment 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.

Built on the legacy of past JLT successes, the new 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.