National Youth Leadership Training

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

June 26 - July 1, 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.

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.

What are the participant requirements?

Participants in this program must be registered members in a scouting unit (Troop, Crew, or Post), have completed the eighth grade, or be at least 14 years of age by the course start date, and have the recommendation of their unit leader.

13 year-old participants may be considered in exceptional cases if they have completed the 8th grade and their Unit Leader contacts the NYLT Course Director to recommend them.

Participants from scout troops must have earned the rank of First Class. 

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. Please note, participants are required to submit a copy of their AHMR for each week they attend camp.

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. 

Camp Information

The Parent and Leader Guides to Camp Bell (insert links) offer additional information regarding dietary or medical accommodations and emergency procedures information.

What is the application process?

Applications will be accepted until the pre-camp meeting in June. 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.

Tentative Timeline and Key Information for 2022

A pre-camp meeting for Scouts, parents and unit leaders will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the Camp Carpenter Dining Hall, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Participants are expected to check in with their Patrol Counselor after the pre-camp meeting but before Course week to confirm preparations.

NYLT Course week will begin with staggered check-ins between 11:00 am and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Camp Bell. Participants will be given their check in time at the pre camp meeting.  Bag lunches will be provided at registration. Please access the reservation through the Hidden Valley camp entrance.

Parents are asked to hand carry all meds and any meal supplements for special dietary considerations. Parents may contact the camp nurse or commissary prior to camp week for any concerns.

NEW in 2022NYLT closing ceremony will begin at 7:30pm Friday night, July1, 2022, at the Council Fire Ring on the lower parade field at Camp Bell. Parents are welcome to observe. Dismissal will be at 8:00pm.

Participants are expected to be in full, official scout uniforms for the pre-camp meeting, check-in, all flag ceremonies and most meals. (Rather than purchasing new uniform items, participants are encouraged to borrow extra socks, shorts, etc, from friends in their unit).

Venture Scouts will get more direction on uniforms and packing requirements for the course week during the pre-camp meeting.

Participants will be asked to complete a leadership project (their vision) after completing their week with us. There will be a Course Gathering on Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. so that participants can share their project results and be recognized.