National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed by the Boy Scouts of America for councils to use in providing youth members with leadership skills and a training experience they can use in their home units. Many graduates of the course find that the skills they learned at NYLT have assisted them in other life situations demanding leadership of self and others.
NYLT is a six-day course that centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he or she must KNOW, and what he or she must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the conference as the teams go on a Quest for the Meaning of Servant Leadership.
Content is delivered in a group and team outdoor setting at the new John P. Ward training site at Alpine Scout Camp. Indoor sessions take place in the air conditioned “smart” facilities of the Reeves Center directly across from the Ward site. An emphasis is placed on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon and reinforced using memory aids.
Youth Participant Requirements:
- Be registered in a Scouts BSA Troop, Venture Crew, Varsity Team, or Sea Scout Ship.
- Scouts BSA and Varsity Scouts must be at least First Class Rank and 13 years old but not more than 18 years old at the start of the course July 5, 2020.
- Venturers and Sea Scouts must be at least 14 years old but not more than 21 years old at start of course July 5, 2019.
- Must hold a unit leadership position or expect to be in one in the near future.
- Have a recommendation from the Scoutmaster, or Venturing or Sea Scout Adviser.
- Have parental permission to attend.
- Agree to follow the NYLT Code of Conduct, Youth Protection Guidelines, GNYC Camp Rules, Outdoor Code and Scout Oath and Law.
- Have basic camping, cooking and hiking skills.
- Obtain and submit a standard TMR Medical Form with current physical exam upon arrival at the Conference.
- Must commit to and attend the entire course. Because of the team structure used, late arrivals and early departures are not acceptable.
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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.
The “secret” strength of the NYLT conference is that the course is presented by volunteer youth graduates of previous courses who have undergone rigorous training on how to teach the skills they recently learned.
Video with 2021 NYLT Leadership, Beatrix and John on the Benefits of NYLT:
Purpose: The training of youth leaders is a vital ingredient needed to develop a high-performing Scouting unit and fosters the personal growth of its youth members. The Boy Scouts of America has developed a week-long training experience, the National Youth Leadership Training Conference (NYLT), that has proven valuable in the training of youth leaders. The conference will stress the skills of leadership that will make youth leaders more effective in their unit leadership positions.
The conference follows a syllabus developed by the National Council of the BSA and is conducted by the Greater New York Councils with its approval. Perhaps more importantly, participants will acquire life skills that will enable them to become successful leaders in any organization. This conference will provide participants with the tools they need to develop their leadership potential. The skills learned will facilitate immensely the unit leader’s leadership development and directly benefit the unit’s program.
Qualifications: Any Scouts BSA participant must be at least a First Class Scout and between 13 and 18 years old, and any Venturer or Sea Scout must be between 14 and 21 years old, at the start of the conference. Participants may only attend upon the recommendation and approval of their unit leader, who must confirm that the youth member is mature and is currently filling a unit leadership position or is likely to assume a leadership position in the near future. As the conference will be conducted at camp,
basic familiarity with camping, cooking and hiking skills will be useful for all participants.
Conference Leadership: The conference will be led by Course Director Deborah Caviness and conducted by an excellent group of experienced youth and adult trainers.
Registration: Unit leaders are encouraged to discuss this unique youth leadership training opportunity with qualified unit members and their parents, and with members of the unit committee. So we can effectively prepare for the conference, it is
very important that all applications be submitted to the GNYC office with full payment by May 1. This is also the deadline for the “early bird” fee of $425.
What is the Conference? An exciting, action packed leadership development program designed to help councils and their units to provide youth members with leadership skills and experiences they can apply in their home units or in any situation demanding
leadership of self and others.
What is the Purpose? Scouting recognizes that unit leaders have the responsibility of training their own youth leaders. The purpose of the National Youth Leadership Training Conference is not to assume the leader’s role, but to help support it. 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 skills and confidence to lead well.
The six day conference centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on “how to.” The leadership skills come alive during the conference as teams go on a “Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.”
Content is delivered in a group and team 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 reinforced by use of memory aids,
which allow participants to quickly understand and employ the leadership skills.
Participants will: Have fun, make friends, learn how to work with adult leaders, share ideas for improving their home units, learn how to better perform in their own leadership position, and develop goals for further improving their leadership skills