National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program designed to provide Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 13 years and older with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The first step in the BSA Youth Leadership Training continuum is conducted in the home unit. Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers who have 1) completed this training and 2) reached the age of thirteen but are not yet eighteen (for Venturers not yet twenty one), may participate.
Unit leaders have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The purpose of NYLT is not to assume that role, but rather support it. The NYLT week is filled with activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and camping in a team and model unit environment. Participants learn and practice skills that are valuable at home, church, school, work and the Scouting unit.
The course is designed for youth members 14 years of age. However, at a unit leader's discretion, they may approve a Scout at 13 years of age to attend NYLT. Since a Scout only takes this course once, we want them to get the maximum benefit from this experience; therefore, it is essential that they be able to handle the demands of this advanced course, which requires maturity, experience, and proficiency in basic camping skills.
At NYLT, a temporary training unit is formed consisting of youth from Venturing crews, Boy Scout troops and Varsity teams across the council. This training unit is instructed and led by a highly qualified group of outstanding youth and adult trainers. At the end of this conference the Scout returns to their home unit with advanced knowledge of leadership skills and patrol/troop/team/crew operation. Check out the Scouting Magazine article on NYLT featuring the Sam Houston Area Council and video made during a winter course held at Bovay Scout Ranch. Note that some program elements which have changed since the video was produced.
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Requirements and Expectations:
- Be at least 13 years of age, but not yet 18 by day one of the course. For Ventures, be at least 13, but not yet 21 by the end of the course)
- Live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law at all times.
- Be able to attend the entire course: day one begins at 1:00 PM (check-in starts at noon) and Day Six ends around 4:00 PM
- Attend the mandatory orientation meeting.
There is a mandatory orientation for all participants and person's on the wait list. The Orientation meeting is held at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West at TC Jester). Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your chosen session to check in. Please have all fees and paperwork finalized before the orientation meeting in order to ensure a speedy check-in. If you have questions about the orientation meeting, contact Cesiah at 713-756-3398.
Register for Orientation on May 3 at 1:00 pm Register for Orientation on May 3 at 3:30 pm
The fee for NYLT training is $225. Payments of cash or check may be submitted, but must be received at the Cockrell Scout Center (P.O. Box 924528, Houston, Texas 77292) within seven business days of online registration.
Registration is complete and the youth's name is placed on the permanent roster when the following have been completed:
- online registration is submitted
- fees paid in full
- participant attends orientation meeting
Please read the FAQs below before registering for NYLT.
Note: Registration for NYLT fills quickly. Participants on the wait list will be notified when a spot opens.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the NYLT policies?
- Fee Refunds – Refunds are in accordance with the Council Refund Policy available at www.samhoustonbsa.org/forms
Equipment Damage – Should council equipment or property be damaged by participants during the course, where damage occurs from other than normal or expected use, it shall be the responsibility of the participant (s) involved (and their guardians) to pay for the cost of the damage.
Course Completion – To successfully complete the course and receive the certificate and patch, a participant must attend the full course including closing ceremony. Anyone arriving late or leaving the course early will not be eligible for completion.
Medication – All medication containers must be labeled with participant’s name, medication name, dosage & schedule for the medication. Send only enough medication for the course duration. Most pharmacies will prepare a second container for you with the prescription label so only the required medication can be sent with the Scout. In addition, please complete the Medication Form above. Each participant may keep inhalers and sting kits.
Rescheduling - Your placement in a course if for that course and week only. If a scheduling conflict develops, and you wish to move to another course and week, we will make every effort to accommodate that request. However, if the other course has a wait list, you will be placed at the bottom of that wait list as a new registrant. We will not remove a confirmed registrant from a course to replace them with a transfer request. All requests must be in writing. You may send an email request to Cesiah.Molina@scouting.org.
- What should be brought to NYLT?
Required Personal Items:
- Complete BSA Field Uniform: Boy Scout: khaki/ Venturing: green shirt, gray pant; Sea Scouts: chambray
- Uniform shirt with proper patches (1 to 2)
- Uniform pants or shorts (1 to 2)
- Uniform socks (3 pair)
- Uniform BSA belt and buckle
- Shoes: 2 pair (1 pair suitable for hiking and 1 extra pair; no open-toed or sandals except shower shoes)
- Rain suit or poncho
- Light jacket in summer, heavy jacket in winter
- Change of clothing: pants, shirts, underwear, socks
- Backpack for all gear (no footlockers/suitcases)
- Sleeping bag
- Ground cloth
- Lightweight tent for camping (10'x10' or smaller)
- Water bottle or canteen (2)
- Mess kit: plate, bowl, cup, knife, spoon
- Flashlight (spare batteries & bulb)
- Boy Scout knife (no sheath knives)
- Chapstick, sun screen, insect repellent (no aerosol)
- Prescribed or required medication in ziplock bag with name on bag (only enough for the 6 days) – left with adult staff member
- Pens or pencils/notepad
- Winter courses: warm jacket and sweatshirt or sweater
- Annual Medical and Medical Record, Parts A, B, C
Each participant will receive two NYLT t-shirts during check-in
Recommended Personal Gear:
- Foam sleeping pad
- Bathing - 2 towels, soap/container (a ziplock works)
- Hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, comb, etc.
- Powder to prevent chaffing (e.g. Gold Bond)
- Personal first aid kit – basic – band aids, etc.
- Watch/alarm clock
Optional Personal Gear:
- Small rug or mat for tent floor
- Sewing/repair kit
- Camera ( no cell phones)
- Musical instrument (no electronics)
- Shower shoes (don't have to be closed toed)
- Religious book(s)
Please do not bring food, electronics (cell phone, game devices), hiking staves or poles, matches, lighters or any item that results in fire. Merit badge and OA sashes are not needed. Mark all personal gear and equipment with youth’s name. Count the number of large items left with the youth and be sure you have the same number of items on pickup day.
All clothing must be "Scout appropriate" meaning t-shirts and caps with Scouting themes from activities such as summer camp, Camporees, high adventure outings and also troop-specific wear are appropriate. Clothing which promotes businesses, entertainment groups/individuals, sports or teams, or schools and etc. are not appropriate for this course.
Remember: “Dress for the weather, Pack for the season”
- What are the NYLT course objectives?
- NYLT Objectives:
1. Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the troop program.
2. Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal development and how those elements relate to being a leader.
3. Guide the participants through the stages of team development.
4. Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
5. Give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops and teams.
6. Have fun and experience Scouting at its best.
- What is the course overview?
- The course models a month in the life of a unit – three meetings (one each day for the first three days) leading to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp). The course uses the patrol method and presents model Leader Council meetings.
The training unit challenges the youth early in the week to present their "Quest for the Meaning of Leadership" at the end of the week. The challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development. This gives teams and individual Scouts hands on, practical application of the leadership skills and concepts presented to them during the course.
Throughout the course, the staff models the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of the course is to fill the Scout's “Toolbox of Leadership Skills” with knowledge, practice and understanding of when and how to use these skills.
The course begins with the teams finding their team vision and ends with the individuals refining a personal vision of how to put the skills learned into action at their home unit.
- What does the course fee cover?
The fee provides for all meals (dinner day one through lunch on day 6), program material, facility expenses, program equipment, insurance, two NYLT T-shirts, patrol cap, and NYLT notebook.
- Do I have to attend the orientation session?
- Yes. If there is a wait list for a course, then Scouts who are registered for a course but do not attend the orientation will lose their place on that course. This creates an open position, which will be filled by a Scout on the wait list who has attended orientation
- What type of tents will be used during the course?
The participants will bring their own lightweight tent (10'x10' or smaller) This may be the same tent used for the outpost hike.
- Why does each Scout have to bring a backpacking tent? Can’t several Scouts from the same troop share?
The tent is used for one night of the program called the ”outpost camp”. This outpost camp is by patrol. Patrol assignments are made to enhance learning during the course. Consequently, in most cases participants will not be in patrols with anyone from their home.
- What merit badges will be offered?
The purpose of NYLT is leadership training in the context of a model troop and patrol. No merit badges will be offered.
- When is parent’s night?
The five and a half day schedule of NYLT is very full, from early morning until bed time each night. There are no scheduled times for parental visits.
- Can Venturers and Sea Scouts attend NYLT?
Venturers and Sea Scouts, both male and female, meeting the age requirements (13-20) may apply for the course. To ensure privacy and high Scouting standards, strict coed camping rules will be enforced.
- Are scholarships available?
- A limited number of partial fee scholarships are available. Scholarships are granted based on need.
The participant needs to register online and choosing the mail box option when checking out. Then, a participant should complete a request for a NYLT Scholarship Application and email the application to Cesiah.Molina@scouting.org or fax to 713-865-9199, Attn: Cesiah Molina. Scholarships must be applied for and approved prior to the registration becoming final.
After participation in an NYLT course, a Scout may apply to serve on staff. If you enjoyed NYLT, and you want to make sure other Scouts have the same rewarding experience, then staffing may be for you. Attending National Youth Leadership Training was a positive step in learning leadership skills for a successful Scouting career, but leadership skills learned in NYLT can also be used in other aspects of your life: school, church, home and your future professional career. It is a lot of fun, but also requires dedication to hard work and preparation. Conducting a National Youth Leadership Training course takes a great deal of planning, plenty of inspiration, and the enthusiastic participation of many dedicated people. The rewards for participants, staff, and the Scouting movement are tremendous.
If you are interested in staffing, please attend one of the NYLT youth staff search opportunities. The process consists of a five-minute presentation on some aspect of Scouting and a five-seven minute interview. All candidates will be evaluated by experienced NYLT youth staffers and the results will be shared with future course directors.
Staff interview are being conducted at St. John the Divine Church (2450 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, 77019 - Corner of Westheimer and River Oaks Blvd). The whole process should take less than an hour. It is not a test! It is a chance for you to show your skills and have fun! We ask that you wear your “Field uniform.” That is sometimes called a “Full” or “Class A” uniform. For additional information, contact Larry Stehling. Click on a date to register.
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