Course Director
Scott Horan

Scoutmaster Information


What is National Youth Leadership Training?

National Youth Leadership Training is a six-day experience conducted by the Greater Cleveland Council designed to provide each Scout with a meaningful experience in Scouting that will enhance his knowledge and create a deeper understanding of his role and responsibilities as a leader, a teacher, and role model in his troop and his life.

The course includes useful management and planning skills training, instruction on how to be an effective communicator, and guidelines for making ethical decisions that affect the leader and those around him. Sometimes referred to as "Wood Badge for Youth," NYLT corresponds with the learning principles taught in the new Wood Badge for the 21st Century course, so that youth and adult leaders will be speaking the same leadership language. In summary, NYLT is a comprehensive program designed to equip scouts with everything they will need to become a successful leader.

Course Overview

This is the Advanced Youth Training Conference of the BSA. It is a Leadership Development program utilizing both classroom and outdoor activities as teaching methods.

Patrols are challenged early in the week to present to the troop at the end of the week their "Quest for the Meaning of Leadership." While the challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development, it will help patrols and individual Scouts grasp and utilize the leadership skills and concepts being presented to them along the way.

Throughout the conference, the staff will be modeling the concepts and skills that are the core content of the conference. The focus of each session is not only knowledge but giving the youth a "Toolbox of Skills" that equips them with the "How to Lead."

The conference begins with the patrols finding their vision and ends with the individuals refining a personal vision of how to take the skills back to their home troops and communicate what he has learned.

The conference models a month in the life of a troop three meetings (one each day for the first three days) all leading up to the big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp). The conference uses the patrol method and presents model Patrol Leader Council meetings.

    Course participants will experience:

  • A simulated month of troop and PLC meetings where the scouts will plan all aspects of an upcoming outing that they will embark upon at the end of the week.
  • Dozens of team-building games and exercises.
  • The responsibility of leadership as each participant takes charge in a troop leadership position during the week.
  • Training sessions conducted by some of the best teachers and volunteers the council has to offer.

Course Objectives

  • Give participants the confidence and knowledge to operate as a youth-run troop
  • Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal development and how those elements relate to being a leader
  • Train participants in all aspects of effective leadership, ranging from teaching skills to conflict resolution
  • Guide the participants through the stages of team development
  • Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Experience Scouting at its finest

Skills Taught

  • Communicating Well (Effective Communications) - Understand that the skills of communicating well are not just for presentations but can be used whenever one is sharing ideas. Learn to communicate with adults.
  • Finding Your Vision (Team and Personal Vision) - Vision as what future success looks like (team or personal)
  • Setting Your Goals - What are Smart Goals and how to use them to achieve your vision
  • Preparing Your Plans - Use of planning as a step in reaching goals and fulfilling visions
  • Forming Your Team - Describe the phases that a patrol or team will experience as members move toward achieving goals or learning new skills (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing)
  • Problem Solving - Discuss the similarities between Planning and Problem Solving
  • Leading EDGE - Describe the four leadership approaches included in the leading Edge (Explaining, Demonstrating, Guiding, Enabling) and apply them to team development
  • Teaching EDGE - Describe the four steps of the Teaching Edge (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable) and how to use effective communications skills as a tool for teaching
  • Resolving Conflicts - Describe ways that a good leader minimizes conflict. Learn how to use EAR as a tool for resolving conflict (Express, Address, Resolve). When is adult involvement needed.
  • Making Ethical Decisions - Give a definition for ethics and discuss the importance of ethical decision-making (use the Scout Oath and Law)
  • Leading Yourself - Discuss the importance of having a personal vision and the phases of personal development (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing)
  • Valuing People Use the Scout Oath and Law as a guide in valuing other people. How to act in an ethical manner in our dealings with people whose core values differ from ours. Use ROPE (Reach, Organize, Practice, Experience) to strengthen the patrols/troops programs

Who Should Attend

NYLT is not summer camp! Rather, it is an outdoor leadership training course. There are no rank advancement opportunities during the week. The purpose of the course is to develop leadership skills which Scouts can use in their home troops and throughout their lives. Scouts who attend should be experienced in outdoor skills including camping, hiking, and cooking.

Youth who meet the following requirements may attend:

    Boy Scouts

  1. Be 13 years of age or have completed the seventh grade.
  2. Be a First Class Scout.
  3. Completed Troop Leadership Training.
  4. Have his Scoutmaster's recommendation.

    Venturing / Varsity Youth

  1. Must be at least 14 and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program.
  2. Completed Crew Officer Orientation, the Venturing Leadership Skills Course, or the new Crew Leadership Training.
  3. Have his/her Unit Leader's recommendation.

In addition, participants are expected to attend an orientation session at the Council Service Center  Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. It is also recommended that at least one parent also attend the orientation session, so that they can have any questions answered and learn more about what their son will be doing at NYLT.

Participants do not have to be currently serving in a leadership role, but should have the skills and abilities to do so in the future. Units should encourage those Scouts who hold leadership positions to attend.

Registration Process

  1. To apply, complete the online participant registration.
  2. After submitting the application, print a copy. The registration system will send a copy of the application to the NYLT Scoutmaster as well as the participant's Scoutmaster to obtain his/her approval.
  3. Once the application is approved, a copy and a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 must be sent to the Greater Cleveland Council, Attn: Chris Friswold, 2241 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Applications submitted without the Scoutmaster's approval and/or without an accompanying deposit cannot be guaranteed a spot. Full payment is transferable but not refundable after May 8, 2017. Final and full payment is due by May 8, 2017!

Personal resource forms, medical forms, and other information will be sent directly to the participant.