2015 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

2-7 August 2015

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, BH13 7EE

When is NYLT?

    2-7 August 2015.  Please note that Brownsea Island is only accessible by a commercial ferry service which has limited hours.  Our intention is for attendees to travel to Brownsea on 1 August and travel from Brownsea on 8 August.  Specifically, we will provide transportation from London Airports to a marshaling point on Saturday 1 August and then on Sunday 2 August, we will all travel together to Brownsea Island to begin NYLT.  On Friday 7 August, we will all travel as a group back from Brownsea Island to the marshaling point, spend the night, and then get the Scouts to the Airports on Saturday 8 August to catch their flights.  We anticipate the Scouts will spend the nights of 1 August and 7 August in a base gym or Scout Hut (we are still working these arrangements).  We will provide dinner on 1 August and breakfast on 7 August.  It is very important to understand these limitations when making flight reservations and transportation arrangements.  

Where is NYLT?

    This year’s NYLT will be offered on Brownsea Island in the United Kingdom, where, in 1907, Robert S.S. Baden-Powell, the father of Scouting, conducted the first Scout Camp to test his ideas on Scouting.  Details on Brownsea Island may be found at this link http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island/   

What is NYLT?

    NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide all 13-20-year-old youth members of the Boy Scouts of America (Scouts and Venturers) with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  It is the second step of a three-phase youth leadership training continuum.  The first phase, Introduction to Leadership Skills (ILS), begins in the home unit, generally following unit elections.  The second phase (this course), NYLT, is conducted by the local council.  The third phase, National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), is generally conducted at Philmont.

    NYLT is a six-day leadership course delivered in an outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment.  It is NOT an outdoor skills course.  The schedule parallels the program month of a typical Scouting unit.  This might be a month in the life of a troop or a series of meetings leading to an activity in a Venturing crew.  Participants will sleep in tents and prepare their own meals by teams (formerly known as patrols).  Every NYLT course operates according to the Scouting ideals of Boy Scouting and Venturing.  Participants are expected to live by the Scout Oath and Law.

    Participants should finish the course with a toolbox of effective leadership skills they can make their own.  Key course concepts include:  Vision-Goals-Planning, SMART Goals, Planning and Problem-Solving, Assessment, Teaching EDGE, Conflict Resolution, Making Ethical Decisions, Communication, and Valuing People, among others. 

Who may attend NYLT? 

  • Youth Participants ($325, plus cost of transportation)

    • 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 t Leadership Skills for Troops.
    • Venturers must be at least 14 and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program.  They must have completed Crew Officer Orientation and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews.
    • Have a unit leader recommendation.
  • Youth Staff ($100, plus cost of transportation)
    • Be at least age 14.
    • Have held positions of leadership in their home unit.
    • Have a unit leader recommendation.
    • Have been an NYLT course participant or have completed the NAYLE bridge course if they are new Venturing staff who have not had an opportunity to take NYLT.
    • Available youth staff positions include Assistant Course Director for Youth Operations (formerly Senior Patrol Leader); Assistant Course Director for Program; Assistant Course Director for Service; Youth Quartermasters; Team Guides.
  • Adult Staff ($100, plus cost of transportation)
    • Must be currently registered as a BSA adult leader and at least 21 years old.
    • Available adult staff positions include Assistant Course Directors; Adult Quartermaster Staff.

How do I register for NYLT?

  • NYLT Online Registration 

  • Required Additional Forms
    • NYLT Application Form.  Email completed and scanned application to dsmckemp@gmail.com.
    • Annual BSA Health and Medical Record Parts A, B, and C (hyperlink to form at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf )
      • Note:  Annual BSA Health and Medical Record must be valid through 8 August 2015, which means that it must have been verified and signed by a Doctor after 9 August 2014.
      • The taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that individual’s parent or guardian.  We do need to be aware of medical conditions requiring medication.  Please ensure we have this information so we can track and assist youth in administering their prescription medication at the appropriate time.
      • Email completed and scanned Annual BSA Health and Medical Record to dsmckemp@gmail.com. 
  • Note:  All NYLT attendees, Youth/Adult-Participant/Staff, need to complete "Register Here," the NYLT Application Form, and the Annual BSA Health and Medical Record in order to be considered fully registered.

What should I bring? 

    An equipment list will be provided following registration.  Most youth participating in an active troop with a good outdoor program should have the necessary gear.  Participants will need to bring their own tents (you may be able to borrow this from your unit).  Each participant will be required to wear the official Field Uniform (Class A), and ensure that badges are properly placed and that the Scout uniform is worn correctly.  Two activity uniform (Class B) NYLT T-shirts will be provided as part of the registration fee to be worn during the course.  Unit Class B T-shirts will not be worn.  Additional T-Shirts are available to purchase but must be pre-ordered.  Each participant must submit an Annual BSA Health and Medical record by 15 July 2015.  This is the same medical form required for summer camp.  The Annual BSA Health and Medical Record must be valid through 8 August 2015, which means that it must have been verified and signed by a Doctor after 9 August 2014.

What is the cost?

$325.00 Total Fee

Payment of full fee upfront is acceptable or you may use the payment schedule below:

  • $100.00 due with application
  • Final $225.00 by July 15, 2015

Course registration closes July 15, 2015.