Unit Leader Information

Unit Leader Information

As Unit Leader, you have three important roles to play for the scouts you send to NYLT. 

Your first role is to  select and encourage scouts who are ready to attend the course. These scouts should

  • Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts must be 13 years of age and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program registration. They must be a First Class Scout. 
  • Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. 
  • Be mature enough to handle a program running 6:30am to 10:00pm for six days, which is intellectually stimulating, and filled with presentations, activities and challenges. 
  • Be emotionally mature enough to spend a week without parents, friends and home unit adult leaders nearby, and not become anxious or homesick.
  • Really want to attend the course.  This is perhaps the most important criteria. 

We depend on you for an honest evaluation of your scout’s readiness to attend in your Unit Leader Recommendation.


Your second role is to work with your scouts when they return from the training.  They will be fired up, and ready to put their new skills and spirit to the test.  Have them share their vision and goals with you.  Many will need help developing their Visions and Goals, a 6 day course is not enough time for us to help scouts fully understand this concept.

Mentor and Coach them in their newly learned skills.  And hang on to your hat! You will not believe the change! 

And if you have not yet attended Wood Badge for the 21st Century you will want to consider it.  You will need the knowledge and skills taught in that course to keep up with your NYLT Trained scouts. It will also help you relate to their training.


Your third role is to promote leadership training plan for your Scouts. The Youth Training Continuum is a progressive plan of leadership development available to your scouts.  From ILST/ILSC to NYLT to NAYLE and onto Woodbadge as they reach adulthood. Please download our NYLT Information Flyer for you to download and use to promote Youth Leadership Training in your unit. 

Baden Powell said that the most important job of the scoutmaster "Is to Train the Youth Leadership"

One of our Course Scoutmasters prepared an informative Powerpoint presentation that provides an informational tool for you and your assistants to learn more about NYLT and might be appropriate to share with your unit. NYLT Presentation is an excellent tool in promoting NYLT-Trained scouts.

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