National Youth Leadership Training

The Daniel Webster council has been offering the NYLT program to its youth leaders since the summer of 2000, tailoring the specific course materials to meet the needs of our local scouting units. Come accelerate your leadership with us!

2021 Winter Gathering

Sunday, December 5, 2021


Wrap-up session for 2021 participants and staff.


June 26 - July 2, 2022

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What is National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)?

NYLT is a week-long outdoor leadership training program for youth leaders developed by the Boy Scouts of America and conducted by Daniel Webster Council and other councils around the country. A highly trained youth staff under the supervision of adult advisors set the example in modeling the core learning and leadership messages of the National BSA NYLT syllabus.

The course focuses on teaching advanced leadership skills through the patrol or crew method. The participants will be 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 Scouting 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 create an enthusiastic and fun situation where participants will experience “Scouting at its best”;
  • To give participants the confidence and knowledge to run their unit program and an opportunity to explore new program ideas with their peers;
  • To improve the health of scouting units and to create a youth training pool to assist in District level training events.
  • Participants will gain the most from the course if they have had a successful experience as an elected leader.
  • 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.
  • OA Chapters are encouraged to send teams of their upcoming leaders to the course.

Who can/should go to NYLT?

  • Registered Scouts, including Venturers and members of Scouts BSA troops, who are 14 or who have completed 8th grade, are encouraged to accelerate their leadership by securing their unit leader’s recommendation and participating in NYLT.
  • Our experience has shown that those who have already had Patrol Leader experience have a better frame of reference to assimilate the learning we encourage into their practices.
  • 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 assistants. Substitute forms will not be accepted. 
  • Scoutmasters with scouts who do not meet the age/grade expectations, but who will play a leading role in their younger troop, should contact the Course Director to ensure that this program is the right fit for their scout. Email us by clicking here.

Course Location

We run the NYLT program completely outdoors at Camp Bell, Griswold Scout Reservation, in Gilmanton Ironworks, NH. 

What is the application process?

Applications will be accepted until June 1st or the course is full. The course is very popular and enrollment is limited. It is recommended to register early to avoid disappointment. Registration does not guarantee acceptance. Unit Leader approval is required by e-mail following the registration. Units wishing to send more than two participants may be asked to place additional names on a waiting list.

Upon acceptance, applicants will receive additional information and an invitation to attend the Orientation Meeting with their parents and unit leader in May. The date has not been set yet.