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National Youth Leader Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leader Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leader Training (NYLT) is a six day, five night course that gives Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, Explorers and Venturers methods, skills and experiences to become better leaders in their unit. The course centers around the concepts of what a leader must be, what they must know, and what they must do – with a clear focus on how to accomplish all this. NYLT courses are limited to 48 participants.

When and Where does the course take place?

There are sessions during the Spring, Summer, and Winter. All are held at Green Dickson Scout Camp, near Shiner, TX.  Google Map


Find the next course available

December 27, 2019 – January 1, 2020 – This course is full

March 16, 2020 – March 21, 2020 – CLICK HERE to get course pricing and to register

Note: When registering, you will be asked to create an account to register, then add a Scout participant to complete their profile information if the account holder is an adult.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

To attend, participants must hold , or intend to hold, a unit leadership position to be eligible for the course, and satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
  • As of March 1, 2019, Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be at least 13. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. For 2019 only, an exception will be granted for girls registered in Scouts BSA to attend NYLT without first achieving the First Class rank. Boys registered in Scouts BSA will still be required to earn the First Class rank before attending NYLT.
  • Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. 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.
  • Not be 18 years old before the last day of the course if Scouts BSA or 21 years old if a Venturer or Sea Scout.
  • Once registered, the Scout’s Unit Leader will need to email a recommendation letter to the Course Director.
  • Scouts will need to provide a current Annual Health and Medical Record Form (BSA 680-001 Parts A, B, and C) including a physician’s signature.
  • Scouts will need to provide proof that they completed their ILST/C/S for their respective Unit type.
  • Participants are required to wear the Field/Class A Uniform for their position in Scouting during the course.

Participants need to attend a brief orientation before the course:

Winter 2019 course orientation is on Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM at the Fickett Center, located at 12500 North IH 35, Austin, Texas 78753.


Each participant must attend the course in its entirety and may not arrive late or leave early. If the participant is asked to leave camp early, no refund will be granted.

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