National Youth Leadership Training

The Nation Youth Leadership Training Program (NYLT) is Boy Scouting's premiere youth leadership development program. It is offered in Councils throughout the country. NYLT is an intensive, fun, hands-on, & challenging week-long program that combines the outdoor adventure & classroom instruction to provide Scouts with experience & tools for becoming great leaders. NYLT focuses on the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, & what a leader must DO. Partcipants learn & develop skills such as:

  • Communication 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Presentation Making
  • Team Development
  • Working with Adult leaders & Youth in Administrative Areas
  • Ethical Decision-Making

These skills learned at NYLT will benefit Scouts not only as youth leaders but in other aspects of their life.

As part of the NYLT course, Scouts are formed into patrols & work & camp together at Scoutland for the week. Under the guidance of highly skilled youth staff, participants take part in indoor & outdoor challenges to develop & demonstrate their growing abilities. Activities including geo-caching, pioneering, role-playing, games, patrol competitions, overnight backpacking, & camping are all integrated into the course syllabus to help practice these skills, which come alive as each participant goes on their Quest in the Meaning of Leadership. NYLT participants are asked to commit to apply the leadership skills learned in the context of their own troop, going forward from NYLT.

Who Should Attend NYLT

NYLT is a training course, so participants should be mature enough that they can benefit from taking part and can serve in a meaningful leadership role in their troop after participating.

I will be turning 13 right after the course; can I attend anyway?
No, we are following stated national standards that all participants must be 13 or older at the time of participation, and you will get more out of it by being a bit older. So, we will not be able to make age exceptions.

Can Venturers Attend NYLT?
Yes! Starting in 2011, NYLT became considered “program neutral” and appropriate for members of Scout Troops, Venturing Crews and Sea Scout Ships. Venturers should meet the same requirements in terms of camping experience, leadership potential, and maturity. Both male and female Venturers may attend NYLT. One course a year will co-ed course, the other course(s) will be male only.

Additionally, all Venturers 18 years old and above, may also attend Wood Badge.

Participants must:

  • Be at least 13 years old
  • Be at least First Class in rank (or, for Venturers, have an equivalent level of camping and outdoor skills)
  • Have Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor approval
  • Be willing to behave in accordance with the Scout Oath and Scout Law at NYLT
  • Be Prepared mentally, emotionally and physically to handle a week of NYLT
  • Be in attendance for the entire period from noon on Day 1 through 8 pm on Day 6 of the course.

Participants should:

  • Have taken part in at least 1 (ideally 2+) weeks of resident Scout camp
  • Be a “credit” to their unit—dedicated, conscientious, and responsible
  • Be serving in, or about to serve in, a significant troop or crew leadership role
  • Have good basic camping and outdoor skills
  • Want to attend

Participants should NOT:

  • Be those with significant homesickness issues or discipline problems
  • Be Scouts who have never camped without a parent present

Participants who create problems for themselves or others by not following program rules, or by violations of law or of the Scout Oath or Scout Law, may be sent home at the discretion of the adult leadership. No refunds will be given in the event of an early dismissal from NYLT.

Preparing For NYLT

National Youth Leadership Training is special. It’s not a week of summer camp; it is not free time; it is not an opportunity to earn merit badges; and it is definitely not a vacation! It will challenge and reward you—but you must Be Prepared to be successful!

Any significant health or medical restrictions that require program modification or accommodation should be communicated to the adult NYLT staff well in advance for consideration.

NYLT assumes that all those attending have mastered basic camping skills. All participants should be familiar with the outdoor camping skills expected of a First Class Scout, including outdoor cooking, knot tying/lashing, campsite set-up, etc. Participants will camp as patrols/teams at designated sites at Scoutland, in platform tents with cots; NYLT also includes a backpacking overnight camping experience.

Patrols will cook meals on Coleman stoves, with food and equipment provided by NYLT. Scouts with special dietary needs should communicate those well in advance to the NYLT staff, so that accommodations can be made.

Participants will receive an NYLT hat and t-shirt, as well as an NYLT water bottle. Participants must have at least one complete and correct Boy Scout field uniform (“class A”); limited laundry facilities will be available. Venturers must wear the complete and correct official Venturing uniform (green shirt and gray official shorts/pants) – even if your Venturing crew does not use that uniform, you must have it for NYLT.

What to Bring?

The NYLT packing list will be updated prior to each course.  The updated list will be online and will be sent to participants who are selected for the course. Please be sure you can carry all your own gear. Place your name on all belongings, and follow this list exactly.

Note: Scouts should not bring electronics such as cell phones, MP3 players, electronic games, laptops, etc. (Cameras are acceptable.) Participants will have limited access to communication and will not be able to call home etc. except in case of emergency via one of the adult staff. Scouts should not bring junk food, extra snacks, weapons, fireworks, drugs/alcohol/tobacco, or any other unsafe, illegal, stupid or unScoutlike things.

A current and complete BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, Parts A, B and C valid thru the end of the course, must be provided for each participant no later than check-in. If possible, provide a copy of this form when you send in your registration to the council.

Any significant health or medical restrictions that require program modification or accommodation should be communicated to the adult NYLT staff well in advance for consideration.

  • NEGA NYLT Week 1
    May 28, 2018 to June 02

File Name Description
BSA Medical Form Medical Form parts A, B, & C Download
Packing List Required Gear for NYLT Download
Scoutland Directions Driving Map to get to Scoutland Download