By Darryl Alder
May 22, 2015

Robert Gates—a Testimonial of NYLT

When he was thirteen, Robert M. Gates, Eagle Scout, former defense secretary and CIA director and current BSA President, went to BSA’s National Junior Leader Training (JLT) Program at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Of the training he said:Arena Show

“It was the only formal management course I’ve ever had in my life. Can you imagine a better experience for learning leadership? Being thirteen years old and figuring out how to get a bunch of kids your own age to do what you want them to do and what they may not necessarily want to do, and do it willingly.

Shaking his head, still a little bit awed by the experience more than a half century later. “In my whole life, I’ve never forgotten those lessons.”

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT-Timberline)

Living by the Oath and Law, NYLT prepares Scouts for leadership and life

Living by the Oath and Law, NYLT prepares Scouts for leadership and life

This youth leader training is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units 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.

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.

timberlineNYLT 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.

Built on the legacy of past JLT successes, the new 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 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.

You can register your son or daughter in any of our Council’s 30 courses by clicking here.

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