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 13-17 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 13 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.
Registration is open until February 23rd, 2020 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.
The all-inclusive fee for NYLT training is $225. The fee includes one t-shirt; 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)
+ Is NYLT complete after camp? The real answer is Yes and No!
Yes; The NYLT course is completed and each individual graduates and is recognized as having completed the entire NYLT course of study with an NYLT patch, Certificate of Completion, and an NYLT Trained strip for addition to their official uniform insignia.
No; Like the Eagle Scout rank and Wood Badge adult training, NYLT should be viewed as the beginning of the youth’s true leadership experience. The course is enhanced by the youth proposing and accepting a Personal Challenge that they create and have approved by their Troop Guide and NYLT Scoutmaster during course week. The youth is challenging him/herself to bring skills they have learned and ideas for improvement that they can apply in their local unit, in order for them to gain further application knowledge and for their unit to benefit from their training.
+ Is NYLT a week at summer camp? No. NYLT is a leadership training course in an outdoor environment. There are no rank advancement or Merit Badge opportunities during the week. The purpose of this course is to develop leadership skills that Scouts will use in their home troop, crews and ships as well as throughout their lives.
+ Who should attend NYLT?
- Scouts/NYLT participants must be 13 years of age by the first day of the course, be in a position of leadership (Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, or Scouts who will be candidates in the near future) and be at least First Class rank.
- Venturers/NYLT participants should be interested in attending the course and learning leadership skills to help them lead their Crews.
- Sea Scouts/NYLT participants should be interested in attending the course and learning leadership skills to help them lead their Ships.
The youth must want to attend NYLT and have the enthusiasm and desire to participate in this learning experience; participants only get as much out of it as they put in. Because NYLT requires camping skills, all Scouts must have had at least one long-term camping experience. The Greater Tampa Bay Area Council has a rich tradition of participation from Scouts in each of the above programs.
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.
+ Who should not attend NYLT?
- Youth with significant homesickness issues or discipline problems, or who have had little camping experience
- Scouts who have never camped without a parent in attendance
- Scouts who are generally not leaders counted on by your troop
+ What about discipline problems? NYLT will not “fix” Scouts with behavioral issues and cannot change Scouts who do not want to learn or participate in the program. NYLT will nourish the leadership ability of the Scouts that you count on to run your troop. NYLT will not help Scouts with discipline problems or homesick problems.
Scouts with discipline issues will only disrupt efforts to train other Scouts as leaders and will likely be sent home without a refund. Removal of a Scout from the program is not done lightly and is reviewed thru a multi-level process and ultimately thru the course Scoutmaster. If a Scout is removed from the program, his parents will be called and need to pick him up at camp. All of our staff members are very busy training leaders during course week and do not have time to tend to Scouts who are not mature enough to attend a week long leadership camp. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of any Scouts attending NYLT, please contact the Scoutmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ When does registration close? Once the course limit is reached, all other Scouts will go on a waiting list. Register soon to avoid problems as the course will most likely fill up.
+ What paperwork is due? A copy of the completed & signed application including Code of Conduct; BSA medical forms A, B, C; and course fee payment. PLEASE STATE ALL FOOD AND MEDICAL ALLERGIES AND HEALTH CONCERNS. The medical form must be completed by a physician or nurse. A copy of the form kept by your home troop is acceptable.
+ What is the cost? The Course fee is $225.00.
+ Is there a handling charge for registration or application fee? No.
+ What does the course fee cover? The course fee covers the cost of food for the week, usage of the camp, an NYLT shirt, water bottle, CSP, and training patch.
+ 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.
+ Is the home Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, or Ship Skipper involved? Absolutely! NYLT is designed to enhance the Scout’s relationship with his/her home Scoutmaster. The home Scoutmaster coordinates and encourages the Scout’s completion of his/her NYLT Personal Vision Challenge; a set of goals and plans the Scouts develop during the training week. The home Scoutmaster and Scouts may also change the challenges as needed to meet the troop’s needs, and with approval of the NYLT Scoutmaster.
+ How will Scouts live during NYLT? Scouts will be placed into a patrol consisting of approximately seven Scouts from around the Council and surrounding Councils. During the first four nights, the scouts will be in Adirondacks. The final night, the scout will camp in tents for their overnight experience. The participants will do a variety of activities both indoors and outdoors. During the summer course, proper hydration and attire are vitally important and will be stressed on a daily basis.
+ What about meals and special dietary needs? Scouts will eat “family style’” meals with their patrols. The patrol’s daily quartermaster will pick up the food trays from the kitchen staff and deliver to their designated patrol tables. Scouts with special dietary needs should indicate them on their application. We will do our best to accommodate most dietary needs. Sometimes, youth are permitted to bring special food for prescribed dietary needs, and we will assist with storage and distribution of those items. We highly encourage drinking water all throughout the week.
+ Am I required to attend the orientation session? Yes, unless the Course Director has provided written permission prior to the orientation.
+ Is any special equipment needed?
Summer: An equipment list will be supplied via email and through the upcoming course Facebook page. Each Scout should have 2 full Scouts uniforms with shorts (long pants are not recommended due to heat concerns). Sashes are not worn. Please remove pocket-dangle patches prior to the event so they are not lost. Adirondacks are provided except for the overnight hike where the participants will need to bring their own backpacking style tent. Pocket knives are allowed, but no sheath knives are permitted.
Winter: An equipment list will be supplied via email and through the course Facebook page. Each Scout should have two full Scout uniforms with shorts (no long pants). Sashes are not worn. Please remove pocket-dangle patches prior to the event so they are not lost.
+ What type of tents will be used during the course? Backpacking tents will be used for the overnight experience.
+ Do I need a backpack? Yes. You will be expected to carry all of your equipment to and from your campsite; a hiking backpack will be essential during the overnight hike. A day pack is useful for daily hikes to and from the campsite and learning areas.
+ How can I contact a participant? Due to the tight schedule followed at NYLT, visitors are discouraged because of disruption to the program and the difficulty in providing make-up sessions. In case of an emergency, you may call the Flaming Arrow Ranger at (863) 632-0389 or the Course Director at (813) 598-0095. We will promptly contact the NYLT staff and we will immediately notify the Scout.
Parents, family and friends of the participant will be invited to the NYLT graduation ceremony to be held the afternoon of July 20th.
+ Outside Communication by Participants. All communications by participants to outside parties MUST go through an adult staff member. Any communications by participants to outside parties without permission of an adult staff member will be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct and possible expulsion from the course.
+ Uniform Policy. No jeans allowed. All uniform pants must be BSA approved or near enough that close inspection is required to tell the difference, or this may be considered a Code of Conduct Violation. An activity shirt will be provided for the course. Other troop/crew/ship or other scouting related activity t-shirts may also be worn under the participants’ field uniform.
+ 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.
+ 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.
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
2019 NYLT Staff Interviews
Interview sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4eaba629aa8-nylt They will be held at the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council office (13228 N. Central Ave, Tampa 33612).
Any youth that is of the age of 14 or older that has attended NYLT as a participant and a is leader in their unit may submit an application for a possible staff position. Please note, a youth staff member may only serve on staff one time per year.
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.