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Ben McClelland, who is the Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 712 has just returned from the 2012 Baden Powell Camp National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).
What is NYLT?
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home unit and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
This week-long outdoor experience is set up to represent a month in the life of a typical Scout unit. Scouts will develop an understanding of group formation and development. They will also have hands-on leadership experiences.
The NYLT course centers on the concepts of:
• What a leader must be
• What a leader must know
• What a leader must do.
These are taught with a clear focus on how to put these concepts into action.
What Is Its Purpose?
Scouting recognizes that unit leaders have the responsibility of training their own youth leaders. The purpose of National Youth Leadership Training is not to assume that role, but to support it. The objectives of the conference are:
• To enhance the relationship between the participant and his or her unit leader.
• To have fun.
• To give participants a toolbox of leadership skills and help them relate these skills to their Unit responsibilities.
• To give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experience with Scouts from other Units.
• To give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the unit program.
• To create an atmosphere where Scouts will experience Scouting at its best.
Who May Attend?
Registered Boy Scouts: at least First Class rank, age 13 or older, who have completed ILST (Introduction to Leadership Skills For Troops) or TLT (Troop leadership Training) within their troop and have their parents’ and Scoutmaster’s approval.
Registered Varsity Scouts: at least age 14 but not more than 17 and have completed either ILST or earned a Varsity letter and have their parents’ and coach’s approval.
Registered Venturers: at least age 14 but not more than 17 who have Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) or Venture Officer Training (Crew Officer Orientation or equivalent) and have their parents’ and Advisor’s approval.