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National Youth Leader Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leader Training (NYLT)

When: August 16-21, 2015
Where: Camp Wanocksett
Who: Scouts and Venturers (see qualifications below)
Cost: $225

This August, Nashua Valley Council will offer National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) at Camp Wanocksett.  NYLT is offered to members of Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews by councils around the country as the second step in leadership development after a youth has completed unit level training.  Completion of the course will help Scouts and Venturers develop the skills and confidence to lead in their Troops, Crews, and community.

What is National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)?

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide Scouts and Venturers with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troop, team, or crew and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

Why Should I Attend NYLT?

If you are a youth leader in a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew - or in a church group, student council, atheltic team, or other organizaion - you can benefit from attending the NYLT course. You will leave the course better prepared to learn and understand the needs of any group, and prodvide the right style of leadership in order to help the group reach their goals.

What Should I expect from this training?

The typical day at NYLT starts with classroom-style discussions about the skills a leader needs to know in order to be successful.  The afternoons and evenings are then filled with games and activities that allow the participants to practice the skills that were introduced earlier in the day.

The NYLT program offers modern leadership skills in a Scouting setting.  The six days of the NYLT course are designed to model one month worth of Troop meetings and activities.  On the first day, the Troop arrives, divides into Patrols, and establishes car-camping style campsites.  Later that day, participants learn how to establish a Vision:  a picture of future success.  That skill is then applied when the Patrol Leaders Council sets a Vision of attending a Leave-No-Trace backpacking trip by the end of the “month”.  Over the next four days participants develop the leadership and camping skills required through the morning discussions and by attend model Troop and Patrol meetings.  On the fifth day of the course, patrols embark on an actual backpack camping trip, making use of the undeveloped wilderness areas at Camp Split Rock.

Who is Eligible to Attend NYLT?

All NYLT participants must have the approval of their Scoutmaster or Crew Adviser.  NYLT is designed for those scouts that are likely to serve in senior leadership roles in their unit in the near future.  Scouts selected should be made aware that this is NOT a summer camp program and does involve classroom style training sessions.

Boy Scouts:

  • Between the ages of 13 and 17 during the entirety of the course
  • First Class Scout by the start of the course
  • Completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops training
  • Approval of your Scoutmaster


  • Between the ages of 13 and 20 during the entirety of the course
  • Completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews training
  • Approval of your Crew Advisor

Is NYLT Like Summer Camp?

NYLT is NOT like a week of Boy Scout summer camp. You will not have the opportunity to work on Merit Badges; you will eat meals in your campsite, not the Dining Hall; and there is no visitor’s night on Wednesday. Instead, you’ll be taking part in an exciting, intensive week that will develop your leadership skills.

Who Runs the NYLT Course?

Like any good Boy Scout Troop or Venturing Crew, the course is lead by youth leaders with supervision by veteran adult Scouters well-versed in training and leadership and who are approved by Nashua Valley Council and the Northeast Region. All BSA leadership and Youth Protection policies are followed.


Information for Participants

Registration: Participants may register online no later than July 31. The course size is limited and registrations are on a first come, first served basis. 

Check-In: Plan to arrive between 10:30 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. on Sunday, August 16 for registration. Lunch will NOT be provided. The course will close at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21. Parents and scout leaders are welcome to attend a public recognition ceremony starting at 7:30 pm at the dinning hall.

Medical Examination: You MUST bring a COPY of your current BSA MEDICAL FORM. We CANNOT get medical forms from your week at summer camp. Due to state laws, we will be unable to return your medical form at the end of the week, so please only give us a copy. Participants will not be allowed to stay overnight without a completed medical form on file. Sorry, NO EXEPTIONS.

Uniform: For various activities throughout the week, you will be asked to wear the official field uniform of your troop or crew. Please plan to arrive on Sunday in uniform.

Code of Conduct: All participants will be expected to abide by the Code of Conduct below. Parents are asked to review this Code and assist us in setting appropriate expectations for your Scout or Venturer.

NYLT Code of Conduct

Personal Equipment: Participants will be housed in 8x10 dome tents (not standard canvas camp tents.) The equipment list below details the personal equipment required. The camp and Nashua Valley Council will not be responsible for loss or damage to personal equipment.

NYLT Personal Equipment List