Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Council Calendar
Logon to Doubleknot
Site Map

NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intensive leadership course conducted in the outdoors. As members of an NYLT patrol, Scouts and Venturers learn the tools of leadership -- experiencing the patrol method first-hand as they camp, cook, eat, work, and learn to play the "Game of Scouting."


The Golden Empire Council is offering two NYLT courses in 2022

2022 Course Flyer 



Course Directors


NYLT 2022-1

June 6- 11, 2022

NorCal Adventure Area

Mr. Robert Graves

Click Here to Register

NYLT 2022-2

June 27 - July 2, 2022

NorCal Adventure Area

Ms. Kim Perry-Reed Click Here to Register




The Golden Empire NYLT is on Facebook.  Check out the page where we've posted pictures of past courses and where we will post updates and pictures during our upcoming courses.  Please "LIKE" us because we definitely like you.


What is National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)?

In National Youth Leadership Training -- in ALL of our leadership courses -- Culture is key to success. Read the Vision and the Mission Statements of the BSA. Our mission is to young people, our vision is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become the best leader he or she can be.

The National Youth Leadership Training course is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide male and female youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  NYLT is for Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts who meet the NYLT requirements listed below.
The NYLT six-day course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the course as the team goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

An NYLT course is designed to represent an activity cycle in the life of a typical Scouting unit. This might be a month in the life of a troop or a series of meetings leading to an activity in a Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.
What skills are taught?

The focus of each session is not only knowledge but also giving the participants a "Toolbox of Skills" that equips them with the "how."

Communicating Well (Effective Communications) Understand that the skills of communicating well are not just for presentations but are also used whenever one shares ideas. Learn to communicate with adults.

Leading EDGE Describe the four leadership approaches included in the leading Edge (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable) and apply them to team development. 

Finding Your Vision (Team and Personal Vision) Vision is what future success looks like (team or personal). 

Teaching EDGE Describe the four steps of the Teaching EDGE (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable) and how to use effective communications skills as a tool for teaching. 

Setting Your Goals What are Smart Goals and how to use them to achieve your vision 

Resolving Conflicts Describe ways a good leader minimizes conflict. Learn how to use EAR as a tool for resolving conflict (Express, Address, Resolve). Learn when adult involvement is needed. 

Preparing Your Plans Use planning as a tool to reach your goals and fulfill your vision. 

Making Ethical Decisions Give a definition for "ethics" and discuss the importance of ethical decision-making (using the Scout Oath & Law) 

Forming Your Team Describe the phases a patrol or team will experience as members move toward achieving goals or learning new skills (Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing). 

Leading Yourself Discuss the importance of having a personal vision and the phases of personal development (Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing). 

Problem Solving Discuss the similarities between Planning and Problem Solving. 

Valuing People Use Scout Oath & Law and Venturing Oath & Code as guides in valuing other people. How to act in an ethical manner in our dealings with people whose core values differ from ours. Use ROPE (Reach, Organize, Practice, and Experience) to strengthen the unit. 

What else do participants learn and experience? 

Opening Campfire Experience a model of running a successful campfire -- well-planned, interesting, and no longer than necessary. 

Leadership Council Learn what a Leadership Council is and how it should run. Learn what are the roles and responsibilities of all attendees. See an example of a youth-lead unit in action. All participants will attend a model Leadership Council. 

Unit Meeting Conduct a well-prepared unit meeting (7 parts) using a Unit Meeting Plan. Use TEACHING EDGE to teach a skill. Conduct an inter-team activity based on the TEACHING EDGE skills. All participants will attend model Unit Meetings. 

Scout's Worship Service Experience an appropriate Scout's Worship Service. Learn how to plan a Scout's Worship Service and what is the importance of religious services for a Unit or Team.
Patrol Meeting Learn the purpose of the patrol meeting and how a patrol meeting should run. Learn what the roles and responsibilities of all attendees are. Learn to use Stop/Start/Continue to evaluate patrol performance.

Geo-Cache Activity A combined scavenger hunt and orienteering course that challenges each team to apply many of the skills learned during NYLT. Participants learn how to use and practice finding their way with GPS units. 

Who teaches the course? 

  • Youth staff, who receive intensive training as NYLT instructors over the 4-5 months preceding the course 
  • Adult staff are on course for mentoring of youth staff, and health and safety 

Who can attend the course?  

  • Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout Boys & Girls who are currently registered members of a Scouting unit.
  • Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be at least 13 years of age.  They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and have earned the First Class rank before attending NYLT.
  • Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.
  • Have a unit leader recommendation.
  • See more information at:

Patrols of six (6) participants will be formed based on national NYLT guidelines.  Camping arrangements will also follow national NYLT guidelines.


NYLT Youth Training Staff Information

For more information about attending NYLT or becoming an NYLT staff member email:



Have you attended NYLT and want to interview to be on staff for 2022?  Please reach out to Mr Robert Graves & Ms Kim Perry-Reed

Prospective youth staff should do the following:

  1. Download the Staff Application 
  2. Read it, follow the instructions, and complete the application.
  3. Share the dates, costs, requirements, and commitment with your parent(s). You will need their support, approval, and signature.
  4. Working with your parent(s), sign up for your interview slot at one of the links above.
  5. The interview format and instructions for what you should prepare for the interview are found in the Staff Application.  Be prepared!

Previous NYLT Staff:  If you have staffed before and are interested in being considered for staff again, please contact the Course Director for the course you are interested in staffing.  

Depending upon current needs and the need for diversity within the courses, the course directors can let you know if they have a position you can fill!

If you have questions please email


updated: April 9, 2022



251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

River City Scout Shop

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)

10:30am - 3:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

NorCal Scout Shop - Chico

3881 Benatar Way, Suite D
Chico, CA 95928

phone: (530) 809-0400

Hours of Operation:
11:00am - 6:00pm (W-F)
10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

Order of the Arrow - Amangi Nacha