National Youth Leadership Training

Course Dates

July 30 thru August 4, 2017 at Henderson Scout Reservation, Maryland NY

Course Overview

The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a six day, leadership training experience for Boy Scout and Venturing youth leaders of the Leatherstocking Council. The course design and content has been developed by the National BSA Council and is offered by your local council as a supplement to the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops provided by the Scoutmasters or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews provided by the Venture Crew Leadership.

The NYLT Course teaches the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. Content is delivered in a unit and group outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment.

The course schedule parallels the program month of a Troop and Crew. Three model unit meetings, a team leaders' council meeting in the round followed by daily TLC operating sessions, an instructional campfire, and unit operation using the patrol method show how to create a productive program.

2017 NYLT Course

Year 2017 NYLT course uses the published national syllabus. The course activities are carefully planned and build upon each experience; in other words everything is pre-programmed for the entire course.  For this reason, it is not possible to accept a Scout or Venturer who cannot arrive on the first day at the scheduled beginning time and remain for the entire course duration.

Course Cost

Cost Per Participent $200

June 1st  with late Fee $225

Payment Plan 

  • $50.00 deposit with initial registration.

  • Balance due with a complete copy (incuding insurance card) of your Annual Health and Medical Record form no later than two weeks prior to start of your selected course. You will receive information as to the date, time, and location of this meeting via the email address you used when signing up. Ensure you have a working email address!

The fee covers all meals, program materials, one NYLT t-shirt, cap, and camp fees. The staff is comprised of all volunteer youth and adult leaders.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Up until two weeks prior to start of this course, cancellation fee of 25% of total reservation cost, after that, no refunds can be given.


Register online with the following requirements:

  • All participants are to have taken the Introduction to Leadership Skills (for Troops or for Crews) by the day before the course starts.

  • All participants must remain a youth in their program for the duration of the course.

  • Boy Scout applicants must be at least First Class and at least 13 years old by June 1, 2017.

  • Venturing applicants must have at least graduated 8th grade and be 13 years old.

  • Applicants be in a unit (troop, team, or crew) leadership position currently or will be holding a position within the next twelve months.  The applicants should also have camping skills as the course is conducted in a camp setting.

Medical Evaluations

Yes.  The Annual Health and Medical Record form is part of the application process each participant, Scout or Venturer, must fill out and turn in.

Personal Equipment

A personal equipment list outlining what is needed is included in the information package given to each Scout.  Please make sure the Scout and his parents look over this list so they know what equipment is allowed and what should not be brought to camp.