North Florida CouncilTrainingNational Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training - Camp Shands 

  What is National Youth Leadership Training?

  NYLT is an intense, week-long, youth oriented leadership training experience 
  sponsored by the North Florida Council and held at Camp Shands. Highly qualified youth staff,
  under the supervision of adult advisors, conduct the training using the National Youth
  Leadership Training Course syllabus, as published by the National Council, Boy Scouts of


What is NYLT’s goal?

NYLT is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home, troops, and in any other situations demanding leadership of self and leadership of others.

Give me an overview of the course:

Built on the legacy of past JLT successes, NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, events, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.

NYLT models a month in the life of troop – three meetings (one each day for the first three days) leading up to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp). The course uses the patrol method and presents model Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings. Patrols are challenged early in the week to present to the troop at the end of the week their “Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.” While the challenge is designed to have patrols experience the four stages of team development, it will help patrols, and individual Scouts, internalize the leadership skills and concepts being presented to them along the way.

Throughout the course, the staff will be modeling the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The patrols will be challenged with many activities and games, including using GPS receivers to participate in a Geocache wide game. The focus of each session is not only knowledge but giving the youth a “Toolbox of Skills” that equips them with the “how” of leadership.


  • Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the troop program intheir home units
  • Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal development
  • Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops
  • Have fun and experience Scouting at its best

Who are the NYLT Staff?

NYLT is a Scout run program with adult guidance. The youth staff consists of a Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leaders, and Troop Guides. The adult staff consists of a Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Quartermasters. The Staff models the core learning and leadership messages of the NYLT syllabus.

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is the Scout Oath and Law.

Participant Requirements:

1. Be at least 14 years old by the start of the course
2. Be at least the rank of First Class Scout
3. To be or to soon be a Troop Leader; a Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, or Patrol Leader.
4. Obtain Scoutmaster’s recommendation and parents’ approval on the NYLT Participation Application Form
5. Provide a completed copy of BSA Personal Health and Medical Record

When:  July 26 - August 1, 2015 at Camp Shands.

Cost:  The cost is $200 if paid by July 1st, and $225 if paid thereafter. 
Cost includes all meals, materials, a patch, a T-shirt, camping fees, all activity expenses, and insurance.  

NYLT Application (coming soon)


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