National Youth Leadership Training
Be Prepared to Lead the Way
2017 NYLT at Camp Vandeventer:
June 11-17 (Boy Scouts & Venturers)
2017 NYLT at Camp Sakima, S Bar F Scout Ranch:
June 18-24 (4 Boy Scout Troops & 1 Venturing Crew)
June 25 – July 1
July 16-22 (Venturing Only)
The Pack and Paddle base camp will be located at Camp Sakima, and will explore different areas of S-F throughout the week.
Have more Scouts or Venturers attending NYLT this year than last year? Your unit may qualify for the NYLT Incentive.
Why attend NYLT?
Through this weeklong outdoor training, male and female Scouts grow and improve their leadership skills while following the guidelines of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. NYLT is conducted during summer camp.
Scouts earning the NYLT shield are better prepared to interact with adult leaders and face the challenges and demands ahead. This course is offered to both male and female scouts.
To attend NYLT, a Scout must be:
- A current registered member of the BSA who has attended long-term Boy Scout camp for a minimum of two years
- First Class rank or higher
- Twelve years old
- A member of a troop whose Scoutmaster has completed the adult Boy Scout Leader Basic Training Course
- A current or prospective youth leader approved by the Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor
Venturing participants must meet all of the above but the First class rank requirement.
A scout need only attend one of these weeks to successfully complete the NYLT course. A Scout must be at camp for the entire week to complete the program.
For Scouts and Venturers planning to attend NYLT in 2017, please click on the links below for more information regarding the course. Only Scouts and Venturers registered for the NYLT Pack and Paddle program need to use the Pack and Paddle list.
Charting Your Path – NYLT Pack and Paddle
NYLT Pack & Paddle
The Pack & Paddle course is conducted in the S bar F Scout Ranch backcountry and on Nims Lake during the NYLT courses. Attending Scouts and Venturers develop leadership skills, practice low-impact camping, hiking, canoeing, and learn the proper use of a compass for navigation.
All participants must stow food, crew gear, shelter, personal items and any other essential equipment in their packs. It’s important to remember when selecting equipment that this is a physically demanding course.
To attend Pack & Paddle, a candidate must:
- Meet all NYLT requirements
- Be 14 years old by date of summer camp
- Pass the BSA swim test (swim 100 yards using strong strokes)
The Pack & Paddle outpost adventure program follows the NYLT syllabus.
NYLT staff is a terrific opportunity for graduates of the NYLT program to master their leadership skills while having a ton of fun and building bonds with other Scouts on staff.
Scouts on NYLT Staff are responsible for running the program at their respective weeks. The only requirement to be on NYLT staff is to successfully complete an NYLT course.
All staff members must work at least one week of NYLT this summer and will be required to be there for the full duration. Be sure you check which weeks you can staff and pick one that works for you.
Every Scout applying for staff, whether new or returning, must fill out an application and also complete an interview with the Youth Directors.
2017 Camp Vandeventer Staff Development:
– March 24-26, 2017 – Camp Vandeventer
Check-in begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 24. We will conclude at 4 p.m. Sunday.
2017 S bar F Staff Development Dates (staff must attend all dates):
– February 17-18, 2017 – Emerson Center, Beaumont Scout Reservation
– March 17-19, 2017 – Emerson Center, Beaumont Scout Reservation
– April 7-8, 2017 – Emerson Center, Beaumont Scout Reservation
We have our very first staff development Friday, February 17. Check-in will begin at 6 p.m. with program starting promptly at 7:30 p.m. Please eat dinner prior to arriving. Closing will be at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. The March staff development will conclude at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday.
Please bring the following:
• Your BSA Medical Form Part A and B: As this is an overnight event, it is required that you bring both parts. Please note that you do not need a licensed physician’s signature on either of these forms (that’s Part C – which you WILL need for Work Weekend and for your respective weeks). You can download and print the form by clicking here. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR COMPLETED MED FORM.
• Camping Gear – a tent, sleeping bag, hygiene kit, change of clothes,and anything you will need for one night of camping. It will be cold, so dress appropriately. Feel free to tent with one or more of your fellow staffers. As you may note in the schedule, there will be time before the development to set up your tents and time on Saturday morning to take them down.
• $30 (cash or check, made out to GSLAC) to cover food costs at all staff developments (note that this is just a one-time payment)
• Your full field uniform (BSA uniform shirt, neckerchief with slide, Scout pants, Scout socks, dark-colored shoes or boots, belt, water bottle, and a smile, of course)
• A notebook and a pen (and some pens for others who forget)