National Youth Leadership Training | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)


Sept. 9-11 & Sept. 23-25 2022
Course Director:  Matt Fisher

What is NYLT? National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an action-packed program designed to provide Scouts with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. This program is the centerpiece of the council’s youth training opportunities, providing local units with outstanding youth leaders and giving those participants the tools and leadership ideals that will serve them well in whatever they do.


April 22-24 & April 29-May1, 2022
Course Director:  Bob Bissell
June 19-25, 2022 (week-long course)
Course Director:  Andrew Bilby
Sept. 9-11 & Sept. 23-25 2022
Course Director:  Matt Fisher

Course Overview

NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Crossroads of America Council offers NYLT in a weeklong and a two weekend course format. For the two weekend courses participants must attend both weekends to complete thier training. 

Who Should Attend?

Youth in Scouts BSA and Venturers who currently hold a key leadership role in their home unit, or youth who the unit leader feels has the potential to hold a key leadership position in the future. 

Scouts BSA members must be First Class rank and at least 13 years old. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.

Venturers and Sea Scouts must be 14-21. 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.

What is the Involvement of the Unit Leader?

NYLT is intended to strengthen the relationship between the youth leader and unit leader. The unit leader is highly encouraged to have a pre-course and post-course conference with the participant to discuss their vision and goals for future success of their home unit.

Code of Ethics

Every course operates according to the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. Each participant and staff member is welcomed, appreciated and valued. There is no room for hazing or for any activities that do not add to a positive learning experience for everyone.

NYLT Scholarships 

Scholarships are available to applicants to help lessen the financial burden of the course. Assistance is also available through several sources such as your unit or chartered partner. Typical scholarships are one half of the course fee and submission deadlines vary. 

To apply for CAC Campership, please contact your Course Director for the course you are interested in attending. 

To apply for a Mark D. Van Matre NYLT Scholarship please use the link below.  Only one Mark D. Van Matre NYLT Scholarship is available per course.  Application must be received by March 1st (April course), May 1st (June course) and August 1st (September course)

Mark D. Van Matre NYLT Scholarship

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