Frequently Asked Questions

What is NYLT?

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a six-day outdoor training course for senior youth leaders in the Boy Scouting or the Venturing programs. NYLT augments the training received from Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). NYLT focuses on the skills needed by Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders, Presidents and Boatswains. The course is led by a volunteer staff of youth and adults experienced in training youth leaders.

Is NYLT like Summer Camp; are merit badges available?

No, NYLT is NOT for rank advancement or earning merit badges. It is essential leadership training in an outdoor setting. Because NYLT is an intensive training experience, participants should possess sufficient maturity, judgment and leadership potential to successfully complete the program. Each participant will be evaluated during the course on their Attitude (Be), Knowledge (Know) and Skills (Do).

What is the purpose of NYLT?

The purpose of NYLT is to support the training of the senior youth leaders in your unit, not replace it. This training builds on the lessons in ILST and ILSC. Some of its objectives are:

  • To focus on the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO.
  • To emphasize immediate application of learning in a fun environment.
  • To model a month in the life of an “ideal” unit.
  • To provide each participant with a toolbox of leadership skills.
  • To operate according to the Scout Oath and Law.
  • To have fun!
Who may attend NYLT?

NYLT participants must be at least 13 years old, have at least one week-long camping experience and have been in Scouting for a minimum of one year before the course begins. Participants must also be proficient in camping and cooking skills and for Boy Scouts, have mastered the skills required for First Class and attained that rank. Scouts should also be currently serving in leadership positions within the unit (Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leaders, Presidents, Boatswains and their assistants) or likely to do so in the near future.

What do I need to bring to NYLT?

Your regular Boy Scout or Venturing field uniform is the official uniform of NYLT. You will also need gear for a full week of camping. You will receive a detail equipment list upon registration. Food and cooking gear are provided as well as a T-shirt, hat, pen and notebook. NYLT is operated in accordance with the National Health Standards of the Boy Scouts of America. All participants must be approved by their doctor within one year prior to the start of NYLT, using new Annual Health and Medical Record form and bring it with them to registration. A participant will not be allowed to begin the course without a current Annual Health and Medical Record form on file.

What is the cost to attend NYLT?

The cost of the course is $250.00. Course Attendance is limited to 48 Scouts; if more reservations are received, the first 48 acceptable applications with full payment will be chosen. Deposits will be returned to Scouts who are not accepted.

Because of the benefits of this training to the unit, it is highly recommended that the unit consider paying part or all of the participant’s fee. Make checks payable to: Greater Alabama Council, B.S.A. You can submit applications and payments by mail or at either Scout Office.