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."
The Golden Empire Council is offering two courses in 2017
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Apr 21-23 & May 5-7, 2017
Course is currently full. New registrants will be placed on a waiting list.
July 31 - Aug 5, 2017
Registration is now "Live"
Download Course Flyer: 2017 NYLT General Flyer
For more information about attending or staffing - email: NYLTinfo@gec-bsa.org
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 (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 skill. All participants will attend model Unit Meeting's.
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
- All youth leaders in Boy Scouts/Varsity programs age (13) thirteen years of age by the first day of the course or older, first class rank, completed Introduction to Leadership Skills For Troops (ILST) and be recommended by their unit adult leader. Venturing youth participants must be 14-20 years old, have completed the online "Crew Officer Orientation," and the (VLSC) Venturing Leadership Skills Course, OR the new online (ILSC) Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, and be recommended by their unit adult leader. http://www.scouting.org/training/youth.aspx
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: January 12th, 2017