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NYLT 2018

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Course overview

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, must KNOW, and must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. Kodiak is not required for participation in NYLT or NAYLE.

NYLT models a month in the life of a unit. It represents an activity cycle in the life of a typical Scouting unit. The first three full days of the course represent the planning stages, complete with leadership council meetings, unit meetings and planning for a larger event.

Participants use the full range of BSA resources for planning and conducting meetings that are interesting, lively, and relevant; a skill participants can incorporate with great effect when they return to their home units.

NYLT participants put their preparations to the test with an NYLT Outpost Camp. This experience symbolizes the big event that culminates a typical unit’s activity cycle program.

During an NYLT course, participants find themselves going through the four stages of team development — Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing -- that all groups experience when brought together for a single, unified purpose.

Their challenges heighten the team development process, enabling them to use their awareness to construct a highly effective team that can reach its full potential. Along the way they also get to enjoy Scouting fellowship and fun.

Participants discover that leading themselves and others requires vision. Each team will develop a vision for the course, and each individual will prepare their own vision. A constant refrain of NYLT is “If you can see it, you can be it.”

Through presentations and positive experiences in goal-setting, planning, and problem-solving, participants learn how to set a clear course toward realizing their team and individual visions; and then how to put themselves in the center of those pictures of future success.


  • Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct their own BSA program.
  • Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal devining.
  • Have a unit leader recommendation.


AGE REQUIREMENTS: Unit leaders should not allow exceptions to age and rank requirements. Experience has shown that youth younger than 13 often lack the physical and emotional maturity to benefit fully from the NYLT experience. Select and invite youth from your unit who you as a leader believe will gain the most from the course and will be the best servant leaders. Make sure that the youth whose names you submit are willing and eager participants. They will be best served by the NYLT experience.



TIME: Check-in at Noon. Check-out at 7:30 p.m.


9 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018, Orientation
(This is a mandatory participant and parent orientation.
Participants will be oriented separately from their parents. Parents will receive a copy of the medicine release form and a packing list.)

June 4-9, 2018, NYLT Course

LOCATION: Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeny, TX 77480

$175 per Scout  (This includes food, training materials & a t-shirt.)
$50 per youth/adult staff

MAX PARTICIPANTS: Space is limited to 48 Scouts, based on a first come, first serve basis


  • Hiking shoes and/or closed-toe shoes
  • Youth leader handbook
  • Water bottle, mess kit, eating utensils
  • Toiletry kit, towels (2), wash cloth
  • Overnight pack, day pack
  • Sleeping gear, sleeping bag, pillow
  • Backpacking tent, cot or air mattress, ground cloth
  • Flashlight, compass, watch, sharpening stone, walking stick
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Sunglasses, mosquito spray, sunscreen, medication (Dispensed by Nurse)
  • Sewing kit
  • Pens & paper
  • Religious book, camera (no cell phones, ipods or ipads)



CONTACT:  The Course Director Rebecca Hernandez at or the Council Training Chair Andy Tirpak at

REGISTER BY: May 24, 2018

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NYLT 2019

June 3-8, 2019