2017 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)nylt

August 7-12, 2017
Gilwell Park, Chingford
London, United Kingdom, E4 7QW


When is NYLT?

Course Start:  8:00am | 7 August 2017

Course End:  1200 | 12 August 2017

Participants.  Plan to arrive on 6 August 2017.

Staff.  Plan to arrive at Gilwell Park by 12pm on 4 August 2017 for staff development weekend.

Where is NYLT Being Held?

NYLT will be held at Gilwell Park, England.  Besides being the home of Scouting in the UK, Gilwell Park is considered one of Scouting’s primary heritage sites.  Purchased by William Maclaren in 1919, Gilwell was the site of the first Scout campsite in that same year and became a primary Scouting training location. Although he never lived there, Lord Baden-Powell did camp, teach, and lecture at Gilwell often.

Today, Gilwell is closely aligned with Baden-Powell and reflects the strong heritage of the Scouting tradition around the world.  You can learn more about at the Scouting Heritage site.

What is NYLT?

NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide all 13 to 20-year-old youth members of the Boy Scouts of America (Scouts and Venturers) with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  It is the second step of a three-phase youth leadership-training continuum.  The first phase, Introduction to Leadership Skills (ILS), begins in the home unit.  The second phase (this course), NYLT, is conducted by the local council.  The third phase, National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), is generally conducted at Philmont.

NYLT Patrol Campsite

NYLT is a six-day leadership course delivered in an outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment.  It is NOT an outdoor skills course and NOT summer camp, so no merit badges will be issued.

The schedule parallels the program month 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.  Participants will sleep in tents and prepare their own meals by teams (formerly known as patrols).  Every NYLT course operates according to the Scouting ideals of Boy Scouting and Venturing.  Participants are expected to live by the Scout Oath and Law.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the patrol leaders’ conference, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruit’s participants.  Assistant Senior Patrol Leader’s (ASPLs) assist the SPL, oversee audiovisual support, guide the service team, inspect campsites, and prepare a model campsite. Troop Guides coach each day’s patrol leaders and present selected sessions and activities.  Adults perform administrative services and ensure guidelines are met including health and safety.  The entire focus is on modeling what a youth-led unit looks like in every aspect.  This better enables participants, and youth staff, to be stronger leaders in their home units.

Participants will finish the course with a toolbox of effective leadership skills they can make their own and use throughout their life.  Key course concepts include:

  • Vision-Goals-Planning;
  • SMART Goals;
  • Planning and Problem-Solving Assessment;
  • Teaching EDGE;
  • Conflict Resolution;
  • Making Ethical Decisions;
  • Communications;
  • Valuing People

Who Can Attend NYLT?

Youth Participants:

  • Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts must be 13 years of age and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program registration.  Scouts must have earned First Class rank and have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.
  • Venturers must be at least 14 and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program.  They must have completed Crew Officer Orientation and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews.
  • Obtain a unit leader recommendation.

Youth Staff:

  • Be at least age 14.
  • Have attended an NYLT course as participant or have completed the NAYLE bridge course if they are new Venturing staff who have not had an opportunity to take NYLT.
  • Have held positions of leadership in their home unit.
  • Have a unit leader recommendation.
  • Available youth staff positions include: Senior Patrol Leader; Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Program; Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Operations; Troop Guides; Youth Quartermaster; Quartermaster Corps; Scribe; Medic.

Adult Staff:

  • Must be currently registered as a BSA adult leader and at least 21 years old.
  • Available adult staff positions include: Assistant Scoutmaster in Charge (Assistant Course Director and 2018 Course Director); Assistant Scoutmaster for Programs; Assistant Scoutmaster for Operations; Assistant Scoutmaster for Health/Safety; Quartermaster; Quartermaster Corps; Business Manager.

How do I register for NYLT?

NYLT Registration Will Begin on 1 December 2016.