What is NYLT?


A Vision of Youth Leadership

National Youth Leadership Training will bring new skills and greater enthusiasm to your youth leadership. Scouting recognizes that Unit Leaders have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The purpose of NYLT is not to assume that role, but rather to support it. This week-long course features instruction in skills that can be used at home, at school, on the job, and, in particular, at the Scout unit level. Through activities, events, games, and adventures, NYLT participants will work hard and play hard together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Course Vision

The AAC National Youth Leadership Training course will provide each scout participant an experience where they can learn to Be, Know and Do the highest ideals of scouting leadership. 

Course Goals

·         Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the unit program.

·        Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal development and how those elements relate to being a leader.

·         Guide the participants through the stages of team development.

·          Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

·          Give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other units. 

·          Have fun and experience Scouting at its best.


This curriculum aligns the youth leadership training with the adult training in Wood Badge for the 21st Century.

Participants must attend all activities for the entire 6-day course in order to graduate from NYLT.

Course Dates - 2018

  • Session 1: May 27, 10 am - June 1, 9:00 pm - 2018 at Camp Jamison, Bert Adams SR (CoEd) 

  • Session 2: June 3, 10 am - June 8, 9:00 pm - 2018 at Camp Jamison, Bert Adams SR (CoEd) 

  • Session 3: June 10, 10 am - June 15, 9:00 pm - 2018 at Camp Jamison, Bert Adams SR (CoEd)

  • Session 4: Nov 17, 7:45 am - Nov 21, 3:00 pm - 2018 at Camp Gorman, Bert Adams SR (CoEd)

  • Session 5: Dec 26, 1:00 pm - Dec 31, 4:00 pm - 2018 at Camp Gorman, Bert Adams SR (CoEd)


Participant Requirements and Expectations

An NYLT course is ideal for training unit leaders. It can also be a valuable experience for other older Scouts and Venturers. In order to attend an NYLT course, a youth must have the following qualifications by the beginning of the course:
  • Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
  • Must have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.
  • 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 and have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.
  • 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. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.
  • Have a unit leader recommendation.


Information for Participants

  • BASR Site map is here.
  • Directions to BASR are here.
  • Spring/Summer Participant Gear List is here.
  • Fall/Winter Participant Gear List is here.
  • Application for Campership is here (Camperships must be submitted 60 days prior to course start date for approval)

For more information contact the AAC Program Center: Telephone: (770) 989-8820 
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