NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING (NYLT)
The Daniel Webster council has been offering the NYLT program to its youth leaders for the past 16 years, tailoring the specific course materials to meet the needs of our Boy Scout troops. This summer, we are excited to extend the program to support our venturing crew and explorer post leaders, with discussions activities specifically tailored to engage young men and women in developing their leadership abilities.
As Scouting Leaders, we realize the value in having trained youth leaders and how it directly impacts the success of a Scouting or Exploring unit. It is the unit leader’s responsibility to see that his or her Scouts, Crew or Post members are trained in leadership techniques and that they have the ability to run a youth-led troop, crew or post program under the leader’s direction. National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a rewarding experience for the youth in your troop, crew or post to receive this training and it is equally rewarding for you as a leader. Once you invest in this program, it will make a great difference in the lives of the youth who participate and for your unit.
WHAT IS NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING (NYLT)?
It is a six-day outdoor leadership training program for youth leaders developed by the Boy Scouts of America and conducted by Daniel Webster Council. A carefully selected and highly qualified youth staff (NYLT graduates, many with National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience training from Philmont) under the supervision of adult advisors set the example with a youth-led unit in modeling the core learning and leadership messages of the NYLT syllabus.
The course focuses on teaching advanced leadership skills in a team-building atmosphere based on the patrol or crew method. The participants will be regularly challenged to accomplish activities and projects using the leadership skills taught in the course. Participants will experience the simulation of a month in the life of a unit, complete with meetings, activities, and planning for the big monthly outing (the outpost overnight trip at the end of the course).
WHAT ARE THE COURSE OBJECTIVES?
– To give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the unit program;
– To teach and practice key leadership skills and relate these skills to the participant’s unit responsibilities;
– To give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences that other Scouts and Venturers have found to be successful and useful in their home units;
– To give participants a varied experience with emphasis on the patrol method and new ways to teach Scoutcraft skills in a fun atmosphere back in their home unit;
– To create an enthusiastic and fun situation where participants will experience “Scouting at its best”;
– To enhance the relationship between the participant and his or her home unit leader.
WHAT WILL THE PARTICIPANTS LEARN?
The Scouts, Venturers and Explorers will come away from their NYLT experience with exposure to the best of modern leadership techniques with the traditional strengths of the Scouting and Exploring program. They will learn many invaluable skills about how to create a vision of success, how to set goals and make plans, how to listen and solve problems, and how to teach and lead. Most of all, they learn the bigger picture of how to put the needs of others first in order to be a truly great leader. They learn to use the Scout Oath and Law to make hard decisions and to remain true to Scouting’s values.
HOW CAN THEY USE THIS TO SUPPORT OUR UNIT’S PROGRAM IN A UNIT SETTING?
The applications to a home unit are immediate. Participants come home from NYLT with a new toolbox of skills at their disposal. Participants have lived the patrol method or participated as a high functioning crew or post and have spent the week thinking about their own quest for the meaning of leadership. Participants will provide great value to their troop, crew or post with their ability to coach and mentor other Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers.
WHAT ARE THE PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS?
– Participants in this program must be either Venturers or Explorers at least 16 years old or Boy Scouts First Class, Star, Life or Eagle and at least 14 years of age by course start date.
– Boy Scouts attending should be a Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (or preparing to fill one of these positions); and
– Have the recommendation of their unit leader.
– 13 years of age or older.
– Scouts may be considered in exceptional cases if their Unit Leader contacts NYLT Course Director to recommend them.
– Venturers or Explorers who are Crew or Post members looking to step into a leadership role for their Crew, Post, or school in the upcoming year should definitely attend. Venturers or Explorers 16 years of age or younger may be considered based upon a recommendation from their Crew or Post Advisor in consultation with the NYLT Course Director.
– All NYLT participants must have a completed Annual Health & Medical Record (AHMR) with Parts A, B and C completed. Part C of the form is the physical examination which must be signed by a certified and licensed health-care provider recognized by the BSA. Recognized providers are physicians (MD, DO), nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants. Substitute forms will not be accepted.
Sunday, June 25, 2017 – Saturday, July 1, 2017
Griswold Scout Reservation
Gilmanton Ironworks, NH
$390 – Course fees paid by 5/15
Scholarships may be available.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2017. The course is very popular and enrollment is limited. It is recommended to register early to avoid disappointment. Registration does not guarantee acceptance, however. Scoutmaster approval is required and Scoutmasters will be contacted directly by e-mail following registration. Applicants will not be accepted without this approval. Upon acceptance, applicants will receive additional information and an invitation to attend the Orientation Meeting with their parents and unit leader.