National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home Troops and Venturing Crews. The leadership skills taught can be used in any other situation demanding leadership of “self” and “others.” This process begins with a “vision” of what success will look like in the future.

Scouting recognizes that Scoutmasters and Advisors have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The purpose of NYLT is not to assume that role, but rather to support it.  NYLT 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, presentations, challenges, discussions, along with audio-visual support, NYLT participants will work hard and play hard together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.


  • Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the Troop/Crew 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 troops and teams

Scouts BSA Prerequisites

  • Thirteen years of age by course
  • First Class, Star, Life or Eagle rank
  • Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or destined to be
  • Unit Leader recommendation

Venturing Prerequisites

  • 14-20 years of age by course
  • Unit Leader recommendation


  • Wear a complete BSA field uniform
  • Agree to conduct yourself according to the values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law at all times.