Then, I went on to help districts in our Council run dozens of courses, including our first coed course five years ago.
NYLT, which is known as Timberline in our council, is a deep immersion leadership experience. It lasts for six days and five nights and is is recognized nationwide as a premier youth leader development course.
Young adults often will add the credential to their scholarship, university and job applications. We offer nearly 40 courses this summer. So your Scout or daughter has no good reason to miss this exciting, action-packed program.
The NYLT course provides youth with leadership skills for home, church, and life in general. While content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting, the coed course offers blended training so Young Women leaders do not need to be left out. Either way, both integrate the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience.
The courses are presented around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he or she must KNOW, and what leaders must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. But, the skills come alive during the week as their “patrol” goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
Training has 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 leadership skills much faster.
Built on the legacy of past junior leader training (JLT) successes, NYLT incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today’s youth leaders. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants are engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill 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.
Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. He has served on JLT, Timberline and NYLT staffs since 1965. (Gosh, how is that guy anyway?)