July 15-20, 2019
Flaming Arrow Scout Reservation
1201 Boy Scout Camp Road
Lakes Wales, FL 33898
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day national training course offered by Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. The co-ed course is designed to provide Scouts in troops, crews, and ships with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT is held every year in June and December.
Unit leaders have the primary responsibility for training their youth leaders. The first step in the BSA youth leadership training continuum is conducted in the home unit (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews, or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships). Scouts who have completed this training may attend.
NYLT is filled with activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and camping in a team and model unit environment. Participants learn and practice skills that are valuable at home, church, school, work, and in the Scouting unit.
The course is designed for youth members 14-17 years of age. Since Scouts only take this course once, we want them to get the maximum benefit from this experience; therefore, it is essential that participants are able to handle the demands of this advanced course, which requires maturity, experience, and proficiency in basic camping skills.
At NYLT, a temporary training unit is formed consisting of youth from troops, crews, and ships from across the council. This training unit is instructed and led by a highly-qualified group of outstanding youth and adult trainers. At the end of this conference, the Scout returns to their home unit with advanced knowledge of leadership skills and patrol/troop/crew/ship operation.
Requirements and Expectations
1. Be registered in a troop and be at least 14 years of age, but not yet 18 by day one of the course (for Venturers and/or Sea Scouts be registered in a crew and/or ship and be at least 14, but not yet 21 by the end of the course). Scouts must have achieved the First Class rank. For 2019 only, an exception will be granted for girls in Scouts BSA to attend NYLT without first achieving the First Class rank; they must still meet age requirements and first attend Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST.) This will allow new troops to have trained youth leaders.
2. Unit leader approval.
3. Live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law at all times.
4. Be able to attend the entire course: Day One begins at 1:00pm (check-in starts at noon) and Day Six ends around 4:00pm.
5. Attend the mandatory orientation meeting.
There is a mandatory orientation for all participants and every youth on the wait list. The orientation meeting is held at the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council office (13228 N. Central Ave, Tampa, FL 33612). Please have all fees and paperwork finalized before the orientation meeting in order to ensure efficient check-in. You may attend at either of these times:
Session 1 – 12:30pm-2:30pm
Session 2 – 3:00pm-5:00pm
If a participant does not have an excused absence (defined as contacting the Course Director directly and explaining why you cannot attend) he/she will be moved to the waiting list and a wait-listed Scout who attended orientation will take his/her place on the course.
All registered participants will receive an e-mail with orientation registration instructions as the date nears.
Registration is open until June 15, 2019 or until the course reaches capacity. Prospective participants registering after the deadline or after the course is full will be placed on the Wait List.
Click Here to Register: https://scoutingevent.com/089-25502
The all-inclusive fee for NYLT training is $200. The fee includes two t-shirts and one neckerchief; extra t-shirts can be ordered. Payments of cash or check may be submitted but must be received at the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council office within seven business days following online registration. Before registering, read the FAQs below and have the unit leader’s information (name, address, phone, and e-mail) available. Registration is complete and the Scout’s name is placed on the roster when the online registration is submitted and fees are paid in full.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
+ What are the NYLT policies? Please check back for details.
+ What should be brought to NYLT? Please check back for details.
+ What are the NYLT course objectives? Please check back for details.
+ What does the course fee cover? Please check back for details.
+ Am I required to attend the orientation session? Yes, unless the Course Director has provided written permission prior to the orientation.
+ What type of tents will be used during the course? Backpacking tents will be used for the overnight experience.
+ Why does each Scout need to bring a backpacking tent? Can several Scouts from the same troop share the same tent? Please check back for details.
+ What merit badges will be offered? The purpose of NYLT is leadership training in the context of a model troop and patrol. No merit badges will be offered.
+ When is parent night? Please check back for details.
+ Can Venturers and Sea Scouts attend NYLT? Yes! Venturers and Sea Scouts can certainly benefit from NYLT, and Greater Tampa Bay Area Council has a rich tradition of participation from Scouts in those programs.
+ Is financial assistance available? A limited number of partial need-based scholarships are available. Please contact the Course Director to receive a scholarship request application.
NYLT Youth Staff
Beginning in 2019, youth staff will generally be limited to service once in a calendar year for Greater Tampa Bay Area Council courses.
After participation in a National Youth Leadership Training course, a Scout may apply to serve on staff. If you enjoyed NYLT, and you want to make sure other Scouts have the same rewarding experience, then staffing may be for you. It is a lot of fun, but also requires dedication to hard work and preparation. Conducting NYLT takes a great deal of planning, plenty of inspiration, and the enthusiastic participation of many dedicated people. The rewards for participants, staff, and the Scouting Movement are tremendous.
There are opportunities for those who have completed the course to become a staff member for NYLT. If Scouts are still active in Scouting, are highly motivated, are hardworking, and would like to be considered for a position on a future NYLT staff, they must first complete a staff application, and then register for a youth staff interview:
Click Here to Download a Staff Application
Summer 2019 NYLT staff interviews will be conducted at the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council office on Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Click Here to Register for a Staff Interview
Minimum requirements for youth staff members include:
+ Successfully completed an NYLT course as a participant
+ Be a registered youth member of the Boy Scouts of America
+ Be at least 14 years old
+ Be active in your home unit and have the approval of your unit leader and parent
+ Completed Trainer’s EDGE course
+ Completed the current Staff Application and participated in a staff interview
+ Be willing to pay the staff fee (covers food, lodging, course supplies)
The minimum youth staff roster for an NYLT troop includes:
+ Senior patrol leader
+ Assistant senior patrol leader for program
+ Assistant senior patrol leader for service
+ Youth quartermasters
+ Troop guides
Additional positions are needed based on the course size. In order to keep NYLT fresh, half of the staff consists of youth who have not served on an NYLT staff before.
NYLT Adult Staff
Each adult staff member must be currently registered as a BSA adult leader, be at least 21 years old, and be a strong supporter of the council. Because the basic purpose of the NYLT course is to teach leadership skills, adult staff must have completed a Wood Badge course and must have completed Trainer’s EDGE.
Prospective adult staff members are encouraged to be actively involved as trainers or unit-level leaders. Interested adults are encouraged to contact the Course Director for more information.
For more information about the Summer 2019 NYLT Course:
Contact Danelle McCracken, Course Director, by e-mail or phone, (813) 598-0095, or Zach Schott, Council staff advisor, by e-mail or phone, (813) 210-1788.