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NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intensive leadership course conducted in the outdoors. As members of an NYLT patrol, Scouts and Venturers learn the tools of leadership -- experiencing the patrol method first-hand as they camp, cook, eat, work, and learn to play the "Game of Scouting."

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The Golden Empire Council is offering three NYLT courses in 2019


Course Directors



June 28-30 & July 5-7

NorCal Adventure Area

Jeff Berg

Coming December 2018


July 19-21 & July 26-28

NorCal Adventure Area

Emily Malcolm

Coming December 2018


September 27-29 & October 11-13

NorCal Adventure Area

Kandra Wong

Coming December 2018


For more information about attending NYLT or becoming an NYLT staff member email:


Interviews for 2019 Golden Empire Council NYLT Youth Staff will be held on Saturday November 17th, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 9910 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757.  


If you are interested in interviewing for staff, please download and complete the Staff Application at the link above, then sign up for your interview at the link below:

What is National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)?

In National Youth Leadership Training -- in ALL of our leadership courses -- Culture is key to success. Read the Vision and the Mission Statements of the BSA. Our mission is to young people, our vision is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become the best leader he or she can be.

The National Youth Leadership Training course is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide male and female youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  NYLT is for Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts (13 and older & First Class) and Venturers (13 & finished the 8th grade or older).
The NYLT six-day course 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 skills come alive during the course as the team goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

An NYLT course is designed to represent an activity cycle in the life of a typical Scouting unit. This might be a month in the life of a troop or a series of meetings leading to an activity in a Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.
What skills are taught?

The focus of each session is not only knowledge but also giving the participants a "Toolbox of Skills" that equips them with the "how."

Communicating Well (Effective Communications) Understand that the skills of communicating well are not just for presentations but are also used whenever one shares ideas. Learn to communicate with adults.

Leading EDGE Describe the four leadership approaches included in the leading Edge (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable) and apply them to team development. 

Finding Your Vision (Team and Personal Vision) Vision is what future success looks like (team or personal). 

Teaching EDGE Describe the four steps of the Teaching EDGE (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable) and how to use effective communications skills as a tool for teaching. 

Setting Your Goals What are Smart Goals and how to use them to achieve your vision 

Resolving Conflicts Describe ways a good leader minimizes conflict. Learn how to use EAR as a tool for resolving conflict (Express, Address, Resolve). Learn when adult involvement is needed. 

Preparing Your Plans Use planning as a tool to reach your goals and fulfill your vision. 

Making Ethical Decisions Give a definition for "ethics" and discuss the importance of ethical decision-making (using the Scout Oath & Law) 

Forming Your Team Describe the phases a patrol or team will experience as members move toward achieving goals or learning new skills (Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing). 

Leading Yourself Discuss the importance of having a personal vision and the phases of personal development (Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing). 

Problem Solving Discuss the similarities between Planning and Problem Solving. 

Valuing People Use Scout Oath & Law and Venturing Oath & Code as guides in valuing other people. How to act in an ethical manner in our dealings with people whose core values differ from ours. Use ROPE (Reach, Organize, Practice, and Experience) to strengthen the unit. 

What else do participants learn and experience? 

Opening Campfire Experience a model of running a successful campfire -- well-planned, interesting, and no longer than necessary. 

Leadership Council Learn what a Leadership Council is and how it should run. Learn what are the roles and responsibilities of all attendees. See an example of a youth-lead unit in action. All participants will attend a model Leadership Council. 

Unit Meeting Conduct a well-prepared unit meeting (7 parts) using a Unit Meeting Plan. Use TEACHING EDGE to teach a skill. Conduct an inter-team activity based on the TEACHING EDGE skills. All participants will attend model Unit Meetings. 

Scout's Worship Service Experience an appropriate Scout's Worship Service. Learn how to plan a Scout's Worship Service and what is the importance of religious services for a Unit or Team.
Team Meeting Learn the purpose of the team meeting and how a team meeting should run. Learn what the roles and responsibilities of all attendees are. Learn to use Stop/Start/Continue to evaluate team performance.

Geo-Cache Activity A combined scavenger hunt and orienteering course that challenges each team to apply many of the skills learned during NYLT. Participants learn how to use and practice finding their way with GPS units. 

Who teaches the course? 

  • Youth Staff receive intensive training as NYLT instructors over the 4-months preceding the course. 
  • Adult leaders are on course for guidance, safety and security. 

Who can attend the course? 

  • Boy Scouts, Varsity, and Venturing Boys & Girls
  • Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts must be age (13) thirteen by the first day of the course or older, first class rank, have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills For Troops (ILST) and be recommended by their adult unit leader. 
  • Venturers and Sea Scouts must be 13 and have finished 8th grade, or age 14-20, and have completed the new ILSC (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships), and be recommended by their unit leader. 
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Camping arrangements for participants:  Patrols of six (6) co-ed participants will be formed and sleeping arrangements for young ladies will be separate from the male youth.

update: October 2, 2018




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Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

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251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
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phone: (530) 809-0400

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