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NYLT National Youth Leadership Training

 

2017 dates: August 20-25,2017

National Youth Leadership Training

 

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to pro-vide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

For many years, junior leader training (JLT) was an important part of the leadership training continuum of BSA local councils throughout America. In 2003 and 2004, a task force of leadership experts and hundreds of Scouts in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new NYLT syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today's Scouts.

 

History of National Youth Leadership Training

 

NYLT is the most current incarnation of junior leader training program offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Its origins as a program that teaches leadership skills originated on the Presidio of Monterey at the Army Language School in California. Until the early 1960s, junior leader training focused primarily on Scoutcraft skills and teaching the Patrol Method. Béla H. Bánáthy, a veteran of World War II and a Hungarian refugee, had been national director for youth leadership development for the Hungarian Boy Scout Association. In 1958 he was Training Chairman of the Monterey Bay Area Council and a Hungarian language instructor at the Army Language School on the Monterey Peninsula. That summer he organized an experimental patrol to teach boys leadership skills at the Monterey Bay Area Council's Camp Pico Blanco. A group of volunteer Scouters formally christened it as the White Stag program in 1959, and through the early 1960s it gradually evolved into a three-phase, multi-year program. After many years of studying and modeling the White Stag program, the Boy Scouts of America in 1974 published the Troop Leadership Development Staff Guide. It was the first junior leadership program to focus on leadership skills, which continue to be the focus of NYLT.

 

Learning Objectives

 

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

 

The objectives of the program are:

  • Give youth the confidence and knowledge to conduct a youth-run program thus learning life skills

  • Train youth in all aspects of effective leadership, ranging from teaching skills to motivating an organization

  • Guide the youth through the stages of team development

  • Give youth the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with youth from other units

  • Enhancement of the relationship between the youth and adults

  • Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law

  • Experience Scouting at its best

     

    Curriculum & Leadership Skills

     

    Many of the key course concepts are represented as mnemonics, or easy-to-remember phrases. These include:

  • Vision—Goals—Planning: Creating a positive future success

  • SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely

  • Planning and Problem-solving Tool: What, How, When, Who

  • SSC Assessment Tool: Start, Stop, Continue

  • Teaching EDGE: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable

  • Stages of Team Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

  • Leading EDGE: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable

  • Conflict Resolution Tool: EAR – Express, Address, Resolve

  • Making Ethical Decisions: Right vs. Wrong, Right vs. Right, Trivial

  • Communication: MaSeR – Message, Sender, Receiver

  • Valuing People: ROPE – Reach out, Organize, Practice, Experience


 

The program content is usually presented using a computer projector and PowerPoint slides, although some councils choose to use flip charts instead. The syllabus contains the entire presentation, suggested additional content, discussion points, and questions and answers. The course provides activities that give participants a chance to practice what they learned. For example, on the third day, there is a series of round-robin games and events that encourage team work, planning, and problem-solving.

 

Course Delivery

 

NYLT is a six-day course during which participants live and work together in an outdoor setting, taking the part of a patrol within a Boy Scout troop or team or within a Venturing crew. The program is usually presented by individual Scout councils in a week-long program, although it can be split over two weekends. Courses contain from 40 to 180 Scouts, forming from one to four troops, with six to nine patrols in each. The program is presented by youth leaders under adult supervision. The senior youth leader (or Course Leader) is responsible for supervising program instruction. Youth staff are designated as instructors. They have direct responsibility for the sessions although other youth leaders may conduct some presentations. The participants are grouped into small teams of 6–8 and elect their team leaders. A youth staff member is assigned to each team as a guide or coach to the team leader.

 

During the course, participants simulate a month in the life of a troop, team or crew, including troop, team or crew meetings, leadership meetings, and other typical events. They use the patrol method during the course and rotate leadership positions between individuals. They are provided structured experiences that allow them to apply what they learned.

 

Who May Attend National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

 

In 2010, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America merged Boy Scout-focused youth training with Venturing youth training. Language in the NYLT program was modified to reflect participation of both male and female participants.

The stated goal was to align "leadership terms, skills, models, and toolboxes" between all of the pro-grams. A new introductory-level course, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, replaces Troop Leadership Training for the Boy Scouts. In Venturing, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews was added for the same purpose within Venturing crews. The two programs are intended to help youth in leadership positions within their units to learn about their responsibilities and to "equip them with organizational and leadership skills". ILST is the new prerequisite for Boy Scouts who want to attend National Youth Leadership Training and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience.

 

Basic Training Prerequisites

 

Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting and Venturing youth leaders begin training within their unit to "understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities." The unit-level training is a prerequisite to taking part in either NYLT, National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), or Kodiak

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