National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

June 18 - June 24, 2017

Forms and information 

Click here to download the youth participant application
Course fee: $255.00

What is National Youth Leadership Training?

Training of youth leaders is an important step in enabling the individual Boy Scout or Venturer and helping your troop or crew grow. The BSA has refined the National Youth Leadership Training course as its premiere youth training experience, which is now open to both Venturers and Boy Scouts, young men and young women, starting at age 13 (Venturers must have graduated 8th grade).   

What is NYLT’s goal?

The purpose of NYLT is to provide a solid training foundation which will assist in training young leaders. The NYLT course operates as an ideal troop or crew using the patrol method and rotating leadership responsibility. NYLT is not designed to teach basic Scouting or Venturing skills, rather it strives to develop essential leadership strategies that will enable participants to help "keep their group together and get the job done right."

What can I expect from NYLT?

NYLT is an interactive, challenging and fun, emersive youth training experience. The highly refined course material builds on legacy successes and adds new strategies for developing leadership abilities through focused activities, games, presentations, challenges, and engaging discussions, and audio-visual support. NYLT participants will work and play together as they team up to become the new leaders of tomorrow.


  • Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the troop or crew program in their home units
  • Provide participants with a clear understanding of team dynamics and personal development
  • Create an environment of fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law and the Venturing Oath
  • Provide the opportunity to share ideas, experiences and participate in the BSA program at its best  

Who are the NYLT Staff?

NYLT is a youth-taught course with adult leadership supervision. The youth staff consists of a  course leader, assistant course leader(s), and team guides. The adult staff consists of a course director, assistant course directors, and quartermasters. The NYLT syllabus is written and approved the National Boy Scout Council.

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is the Scout Oath, Law, and Venturing Oath. Participants agree to conduct themselves in accordance with these ideals.

Participant Requirements:

  1. Be at least 13 years old by the start of the course (Venturers must have graduated 8th grade)
  2. Boy Scouts must be at least the rank of First Class Scout
  3. It is strongly suggested that each participant be, or will soon be a unit youth leader, such as SPL, ASPL, PL, crew President or VP.
  4. Obtain Scoutmaster’s/Advisor's recommendation and parents’ approval on the Participant Application Form.
  5. Provide a copy of BSA Personal Health and Medical Record –  Part A, B, C

The fee includes all materials, food, and program for the week-long course. It is suggested that units and their charter organizations consider contributing all or part of this fee.

So how do we get to do all of this?

It’s easy! Ask your unit leader; he or she should have all the info about NYLT. You will need to fill out a Participants’ Application Form which you can download by clicking the link at the top of this page. Then, submit it with all the required signatures and support forms to the Marin Council service center in person, via email, or by FAX.

More Information:

Contact Ned Farnkopf.



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