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What Is The Purpose of NYLT and Why Should My Scout Attend?

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide young men and women of the Boy Scouts of America with the leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in any other situations that require leadership of self or leadership of others.

The aims of NYLT are to give each scout participant a basic knowledge of various leadership skills while helping them relate these skills to their own troop/crew responsibilities; to give them the confidence and knowledge necessary to run their unit’s program; to provide an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other units; and of course, to have FUN.

This course is built around the BE-KNOW-DO of leadership: What a leader must BE. What a leader must KNOW. What a leader must DO.

When you complete the course you will receive your training award, a NYLT patch and a NYLT certificate. These items identify you as someone that has completed this advanced training. They will also serve to remind you of your ongoing commitment to service and Scouting.

What Should I Expect?

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, participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, events, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.

  • Communication Skills
  • Developing A Vision
  • Setting Goals
  • Planning Leading Yourself
  • Team Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Making Ethical Choices
  • The Teaching EDGE
  • The Leading EDGE
  • Valuing People

Who Can Attend NYLT?

You must:
  • Be currently registered in the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Be at least 13 years old.
  • Hold the rank of First Class or above if you are in the Scouts BSA program.
  • Completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews.
  • Obtain your unit leaders approval to participate in NYLT.
  • Be capable of functioning safely in an outdoor environment and have a BSA Medical Form valid through the end of the course.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-reserved basis. In fairness to all, the deposit must be received to reserve your space. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Bring your Scouting spirit and a desire to learn and grow in your knowledge of Scouting and yourself. It will be a great experience!


The NYLT training course is a uniformed activity. The uniform you wear will be the official Field Uniform (“Class A”) for your registered program in Scouting. The Field Uniform includes a Scout shirt, Scout pants or shorts, Scout socks and a Scout belt. An activity shirt and hat will be provided as part of your course fee. Please make sure all patches and insignia are correctly placed on your uniform.

Medical Forms

Although not strenuous, NYLT is a fast paced course with many activities and held in a camp setting. All participants must provide a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record with Parts A, B, and C (Annual Physical) completed.

For More Information Contact

Nancy Johnson
NYLT Coordinator

Register Online for the 2024 Course HERE!

Your Best Scouts Deserve To Become Better Leaders!

Load up your Troop or Crew with Experienced Youth Leaders from NYLT.

7/28/2024 12:00 PM – 8/2/2024 5:00 PM

BSA Camp Lowden
4418 South Scout Road
Oregon, IL 61061, US