November 21-23 and 27-29, 2020; or
December 26-31, 2020
Bovay Scout Ranch
3450 County Road 317
Navasota, TX 77868
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed six-day council-level program 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.
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). Scouts who have completed this training may attend. NYLT is held twice a year in December and June.
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 the Scouting unit.
The course is designed for Scouts BSA members who are at least 13 years old, and for Venturers or Sea Scouts who are at least 13 years old and have completed eighth grade. Since a Scout only takes this course once, it is critical for the youth to get the maximum benefit from this experience; therefore, it is essential that they be 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 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 operation.
Requirements and Expectations
- Scouts must be registered in a troop and be at least First Class rank. Scouts in troops must be at least 13 years of age, but not yet 18 by day one of the course. Venturers and/or Sea Scouts must be registered in a crew and/or ship, must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. No exceptions.
- Live by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law at all times.
- Be able to attend the entire course: day one begins at 1:00 pm (check-in starts at noon) and day six ends around 4:00 pm. If a Scout does not attend the full course they will not receive credit for the course.
- Unit leader approval and have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) which is delivered at the unit level.
- Attend the mandatory orientation meeting with a unit leader or parent.
November 1, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Virtual Meeting
There is a mandatory orientation for all participants and youth on the waitlist. Please have all the fees and paperwork finalized before the orientation meeting in order to ensure a smooth process for the volunteer directors and families involved. If a participant does not have an excused absence (i.e., contacting the course director and explaining why you can not attend the orientation) they will be moved to the waiting list and a wait-listed Scout that attended orientation will take their place. Registered participants will receive an email with orientation registration instructions and videoconference instructions before the meeting.
The fee for NYLT training is $225. The fee includes two t-shirts and one neckerchief; extra t-shirts can be ordered at a cost of $12 per shirt. Payments are made online with a credit card or electronic check. Cash payments may be submitted, but must be received at the Cockrell Scout Center (2225 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008) within seven business days of online registration. Before registering, read the FAQs below, and have the unit leader information (name, address, phone, and email) available. Registration is complete and the Scout's name is placed on the confirmed roster when the online registration is submitted and payment received. Council refund policy. November Session and waitlist are Closed.
Register Background check (for participants ages 18+) Confirmed Roster & Waitlist
Every participant must provide a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A, B, C - Under Are You Going to Camp?). A pre-participation physical is needed.
- Part A is an informed consent, release agreement and authorization that needs to be signed by every participant (or a parent and/or legal guardian for all youth under 18).
- Part B is general information and health history.
- Part C is your pre-participation physical certification. The exam needs to be completed by a certified and licensed physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
Forms need to be dropped off or mailed to the Cockrell Scout Center (attn: NYLT, 2225 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008) with a copy of the front and back of the family's medical insurance card. Emailed or electronic copies are not allowed and will not be accepted.
Forms can be downloaded at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/healthandsafety/ahmr.aspx. The form must be completely filled out and signed by a physician. Medical forms are only current for one year and must not expire before the last day of NYLT.
- What are the NYLT policies?
- Refunds - The council refund policy can be found at www.shac.org/refunds.
Equipment Damage – Should council equipment or property be damaged by participants during the course, where damage occurs from other than normal or expected use, it shall be the responsibility of the participant(s) involved (and their guardians) to pay for the cost of the damage.
Course Completion – To successfully complete the course and receive the certificate and patch, a participant must attend the full course including closing ceremony. Anyone arriving late or leaving the course early will not be eligible for completion.
Medication – All medication containers must be labeled with the participant’s name, medication name, dosage and schedule for the medication. Send only enough medication for the course duration. Most pharmacies will prepare a second container with the prescription label so only the amount of medication needed for the week can be sent with the Scout. In addition, please complete the Medication Form above. Participant may keep inhalers and sting kits.
Rescheduling - If a scheduling conflict develops, request transfers by emailing the NYLT Registration contact at the bottom of the page. Every effort will be made to move registrations to another course; however, if the other course has a waitlist, the transferred registrant will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist as a new registrant. Confirmed registrants will not be replaced with a transfer request.
- What should be brought to NYLT?
Required Personal Items:
- Annual Medical and Medical Record, Parts A, B, C (signed by a physician)
- Complete BSA field uniform: Scout: khaki shirts and pants; Venturing: green shirt, gray pant; Sea Scouts: chambray
- Uniform shirt with proper patches (1 to 2)
- Uniform pants or shorts (1 to 2)
- Uniform socks (3 pair)
- Uniform BSA belt and buckle
- Shoes: 2 pair (1 pair suitable for hiking and 1 extra pair; no open-toed or sandals except shower shoes)
- Rain suit or poncho
- Light jacket in summer, heavy jacket in winter
- Change of clothing: pants, shirts, underwear, socks
- Backpack for all gear (no footlockers/suitcases)
- Sleeping bag
- Ground cloth
- Lightweight tent for camping (10'x10' or smaller)
- Water bottle or canteen (2)
- Mess kit: plate, bowl, cup, knife, spoon
- Flashlight (spare batteries & bulb)
- Scout knife (no sheath knives)
- Chapstick, sunscreen, insect repellent (no aerosol)
- Medication (prescribed and over-the-counter) in a ziplock bag with name on bag (only enough for the 6 days) – left with an adult staff member
- Notetaking materials: pens or pencils/notepad
- Winter courses: warm jacket and sweatshirt or sweater
Note: Each participant will receive two NYLT t-shirts during check-in.
Recommended Personal Gear:
- Foam sleeping pad
- Bathing - 2 towels, soap/container (a ziplock works)
- Hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, comb, etc.
- Powder to prevent chaffing (e.g. Gold Bond)
- Personal first aid kit – basic – band-aids, etc.
- Watch/alarm clock
Optional Personal Gear:
- Small rug or mat for tent floor
- Sewing/repair kit
- Camera ( no cell phones)
- Musical instrument (no electronics)
- Shower shoes (don't have to be closed toed)
- Religious book(s)
Mark all personal gear and equipment with the youth’s name. Count the number of large items left with the youth and be sure you have the same number of items on pickup day.
Do Not Bring:
Do not bring food; electronics (cell phone, game devices); hiking staves; valuables; or matches, lighters or any item that results in fire. Merit badge sashes and Order of the Arrow (OA) sashes are not needed.
Remember: “Dress for the weather. Pack for the season.”
Winter Camping Tips: Participants are expected to come to camp prepared for variable weather. Although temperatures average between 40 to 60 degrees in December, temperatures have been known to dip as low as 19 degrees and rise as high as 80 degrees.
Sources - Scouting Magazine: Winter camping tips and tricks to help you enjoy the fourth season, Eight essentials for staying warm while cold-weather camping, Outdoor Smarts: How to Keep Warm in Camping's Fourth Season; Boys' Life: How to Stay Warm With the Right Winter Gear
- Dressing for the cold. When dressing for cold weather, focus on a layering system including the three Ws: wicking, warmth and wind. Your base layer should be wicking (like an athletic shirt), an insulating layer should be warming (like fleece or wool) and an exterior layer should block the wind. Use clothing you have, focusing on the right combination of fabrics.
- Wicking Layer or Base. Also commonly known as long underwear, the base layer is worn closest to your skin. Its main job is to wick away sweat and moisture so your skin stays dry. Wear it relatively tight to the skin and use only wool or synthetic base layers. Never use cotton because it will not keep you warm once it’s wet, whether from sweat or precipitation. These base layers come in various weights, from heavy for frigid conditions to lightweight for warmer temps and activities that cause a lot of sweating, such as strenuous hiking and cross-country skiing. It’s a good idea to have one extra pair of base layers to change into every night at camp.
- Warmth Layer or Insulation. The insulation layer is worn atop the base layer and is designed to provide the majority of your insulation. It should be made of fleece, wool, down or synthetic insulation and can be a pullover, zip-up jacket or vest, depending on how much insulation you need.
- Windproofing Layer or Shell. The outermost layer, the shell jacket and pants protect you from wind and wet conditions. There are two types of shells: the hard shell is a lightweight layer that’s windproof and waterproof, capable of handling heavy rain and very wet conditions; a softshell is made of a more flexible, soft-faced material that’s windproof yet highly breathable, and water-resistant enough to protect you against everything except a heavy downpour.
- Mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves. If insulated mittens get wet, they stay that way. Wool mitts worn inside leather or nylon shells are removable for faster drying. Wool gloves are needed for dexterity when cooking.
- Sleeping. Be sure to change into dry clothes for sleeping — moisture retained in field clothes will cause chilling. For overnight warmth, wear wool, polypropylene or polyester (never cotton!) long johns, socks and a balaclava to bed. Place a scarf across your neck to seal drafts.
- Sleeping bags. Two sleeping bags — one placed inside the other — should provide enough warmth down to about zero degrees. If you don’t have a closed-cell foam pad to use as a sleeping mat, try half-inch-thick foam carpet padding.
- Ground cloth. In warmer months, a plastic ground cloth should be used inside your tent to stay dry. However, in winter, use the ground cloth beneath your tent to keep it from freezing to the ground.
- Toes cold? Put on a hat. Your body loses up to half of its total heat in 40-degree temperatures. So, when it’s below freezing and your head is uncovered, you could be radiating more than three-fourths of your overall body heat from your head.
- Baggy clothes are back in style at least in the freezing-cold wilderness. Your body heats itself most efficiently when it’s enveloped in a layer of warm air. If your clothes are too tight, you’re strangling the cold right out of your body. Dressing in loose layers helps aid this convection layer of air. Tight clothes or too-tight boots can also restrict blood flow.
- The three W’s. Every cold-weather camper needs to dress for the occasion. You’ll need a wicking layer (long underwear), a “warm” layer (fleece) and a “wind” layer (waterproof shell).
- Stay hydrated. In winter, you may not be aware of how much you’re sweating. A gulp of ice-cold water is hardly appetizing, but it is important to keep drinking. Hot drinks and soup are a great way to replenish liquids, electrolytes, and heat. Keep extra tea bags on hand, as well as bouillon cubes, and hand out hot drinks liberally, especially at the end of the day when energy is low.
- What are the NYLT course objectives?
- NYLT objectives:
1. Give participants the confidence and knowledge to conduct the troop program.
2. Provide participants with a clear understanding of team and personal development and how those elements relate to being a leader.
3. Guide the participants through the stages of team development.
4. Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
5. Give participants the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with Scouts from other troops and teams.
6. Have fun and experience Scouting at its best.
- What is the course overview?
- The course models a month in the life of a unit – three meetings (one each day for the first three days) leading to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp). The course uses the patrol method and presents model leader council meetings.
The training unit challenges the youth early in the week to present their "Quest for the Meaning of Leadership" at the end of the week. The challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development. This gives teams and individual Scouts hands-on, practical application of the leadership skills and concepts presented to them during the course.
Throughout the course, the staff models the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of the course is to fill the Scout's “Toolbox of Leadership Skills” with knowledge, practice, and understanding of when and how to use these skills.
The course begins with the teams finding their team vision and ends with the individuals refining a personal vision of how to put the skills learned into action at their home unit.
- What does the course fee cover?
The fee includes meals (dinner day one through lunch on day 6), program material, facility expenses, program equipment, insurance, two NYLT t-shirts, patrol cap, and NYLT notebook.
- Do I have to attend the orientation session?
- Yes. If there is a waitlist for a course, then Scouts who are registered for a course but do not attend the orientation will lose their place on that course. This creates an open position, which will be filled by a Scout on the wait list who has attended the orientation.
- What type of tents will be used during the course?
The participants will bring their own lightweight tent (10'x10' or smaller) This may be the same tent used for the outpost hike.
- Why does each Scout have to bring a backpacking tent? Can several Scouts from the same troop share the same tent?
The tent is used for one night of the program called the outpost camp. This outpost camp is by patrol. Patrol assignments are made to enhance learning during the course. Consequently, in most cases, participants will not be in patrols with anyone from their home troop.
- 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.
- When is parent’s night?
The five and a half day schedule of NYLT is very full, from early morning until bedtime each night. There are no scheduled times for parental visits.
- Can Venturers and Sea Scouts attend NYLT?
Venturers and Sea Scouts, both male and female, meeting the age requirements (13-20) may apply for the course. To ensure privacy and high Scouting standards, strict coed camping rules will be enforced.
- Is financial assistance available?
- A limited number of partial-fee financial assistance requests are available to apply toward the course fee. This financial assistance is granted based on need. Financial assistance can be requested from the Leadership Training Financial Assistance Fund. Financial assistance is awarded in amounts up to 50% of the fee.
Begin a Financial Assistance Request
After participation in an NYLT 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 a National Youth Leadership Training course 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 hard-working, and would like to be considered for a position on a future NYLT staff, they may sign up for a youth staff search interview.
Minimum requirements for youth staff members include:
■ Be at least age 14.
■ Have held positions of leadership in their home unit.
■ Have been an NYLT course participant.
NYLT Staff Application
Leadership Training Financial Assistance Fund
Partial-fee financial assistance is available for Scouts and Scouters to help offset the course fees for National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Gifts to the leadership training financial assistance fund enable Scouts and Scouters to receive leadership training so they can in turn help develop character, citizenship, and fitness in lives of hundreds of young people. Financial assistance for Scouts and Scouters who are currently unable to attend training because of financial circumstances are only available because of the generous donations from people like you. One hundred percent of the funds collected through this assistance fund go into the financial assistance fund. The financial assistance is granted based on need. Applications for financial assistance can be found under the FAQs.
Donate to the Financial Assistance Fund