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NYLT provides youth leadership skills for life – to Boy Scout, Venturing crew and Varsity team members!

December 13, 2013


Without youth leadership there is no youth-run program. By developing such leadership, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT, also known as “Pahuk Pride”) ensures success of the program for the next generation of members of the Boy Scouts of America. Course participants learn how to make ethical choices and develop confidence in their leadership skills. NYLT provides them with a “tool box” of leadership skills that they bring home and live by in Scouting and their lives.

NYLT is the week-long, nationally authorized youth leadership training course developed by the Boy Scouts of America. Only 96 eligible youth, members of Boy Scout troops, Venture crews, and Varsity teams may participate in the Mid-America Council course each year. Registration information and the online registration are available on the Council website (Boy Scout, Training) and paper copies of course information were provided to each District Executive for distribution at Roundtables in December. The 2013 course was filled by mid-March. To avoid disappointment, we suggest registering your Scouts before February 20, 2014 (which is when the cost increases). Scouting teaches skills for a lifetime; don’t let your key youth leaders miss this development opportunity!

The 2014 leadership course will be held at Little Sioux Scout Ranch in late July this year! The course begins at noon on Sunday, July 27 and concludes at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 2. Participants must plan to stay for the entire course. The cost is $275 per Scout (an “early bird” discounted fee of $225 applies only if the ENTIRE application, including payment, is RECEIVED by February 20, 2014). We no longer accept deposits or troop slot reservations. Individual course registrations with full payments are the only way to register for the course. To allow as many units as possible to benefit from participation, each unit may only register up to 2 Scouts until January 31. Beginning in February, there is no limit on the number of Scouts a unit can register. Please note – if registrations are cancelled by Scouts, the vacated positions are first offered to any Scouts who are on the waiting list if the course is full. These positions cannot be simply transferred to another Scout within the same unit.

For questions and more information, please contact Course Coordinator Jeff Baldwin at 402.493.2384. For registration questions, please contact Andy Thorne in Scouters Services at (402.431.9272). Find more information and register online.

One additional change this year is the Scout’s leader must register him or her for the course (families cannot register Scouts themselves because of problems created in several units where Scouts were registered by parents whom the Scout’s leader would not have approved for the course). The entire registration is completed online this year. Leaders must have complete registration information for each Scout (name, address, phone, e-mail, T-shirt size, parent contact information, emergency contacts and method of payment) in order to complete the registration process.

Those who have gone through NYLT know this is the opportunity of lifetime. Please help spread the word. Members of BSA youth programs deserve trained youth leaders!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Disappointed Mom permalink
    December 22, 2013 18:31

    I’m really sad that NYLT was moved to late July. My 8th grade son had the opportunity to go this year but it is the same week as the High School band camp. We discussed it at length and decided missing band camp for NYLT would cause to much school stress so no NYLT this year. Hopefully, it is moved back to June so that it does not interfere with High School kids and the back to school camps they do.

    • December 23, 2013 16:43

      We apologize for your son having to make a choice between band camp and leadership training. Undoubtedly, the move to late summer will affect some youth both in being able to now attend and also not being able to attend. The Mid-America Council Training Committee made a conscience decision to move National Youth Leadership Training to follow the Cub Scout Resident Camp held at Little Sioux Scout Ranch. It has been discussed as a possibility in future years to possibly move to another location to be held earlier in the summer season.

  2. Jenn Conant permalink
    March 3, 2014 14:31

    We had 2 young men in our troop that we wanted to send to NYLT but it is during High School Football start up practice so they cannot attend. Also had one youth asked back to be on staff and he cannot due to football. This young man is really disappointed. Hate to really see this training leave Little Sioux Scout Ranch. Can cub camp be moved back one week next year as a possibility

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