What is NYLT?
National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
For many years, junior leader training (JLT) was an important part of the leadership training continuum of BSA local councils throughout America. In 2003 and 2004, a task force of leadership experts and hundreds of Scouts in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new NYLT syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today's Scouts.
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.
Built on the legacy of past JLT successes, the new NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.
What Will I Learn?
A Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer attending NYLT will learn the following skills:
- Creating a vision and mission statement.
- Setting SMART goals.
- Communication skills.
- Problem solving.
- Stages of Team Development: Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing.
- Conflict resolution (EAR): Express, Address and Resolve.
- Evaluation and Assessment: Start, Stop and Continue.
- Leading EDGE: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide and Enable.
- Teaching EDGE.
- Making ethical decisions.
- How to live by two rules: the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
- The Aims and Purposes of Scouting.
- How to teach and lead their home Scouting unit.
- Responsible citizenship.
- Character development.
- Servant leadership.
- Scouting at its best.
- Life skills.
- Develop confidence.
- How to be more independent.
- How to be a better family member.
- How to work with and communicate with adults.
- Make great friends in one week.
- Become more accepting of other people.