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Leadership Training

Last year, we had multiple Scouts attend NYLT at Big Horn and at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch. We strongly support any Scout wishing to build their leadership skills. These courses are specifically designed for Scouts who have or will have a leadership role in the troop.

After attending the local NYLT, Scouts can increase their skills by attending a national version of leadership training at Philmont. This is not the normal Philmont backpacking trek. This is an advanced leadership experience taught at the Philmont Training Center in Cimarron , NM. Over time, we have had three Scouts attend this conference. If you are interested, please check out the link below.
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National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils 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.

The Big Horn NYLT Course is an intense youth oriented leadership training experience sponsored by the Denver Area Council and held annually at Tahosa Camp near Ward, Colorado. Each week, the training is conducted by highly qualified youth staff under the supervision of adult advisers using the National Youth Leadership Training Course Syllabus, as published by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America. The course models a month in the life of a unit - four meetings (one each day for the first four days) and multiple unit meetings all leading up to a culminating outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp).

NYLT is a six-day adventure. The program 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 scouts go on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership. Content is delivered in an 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 allow participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster. While the challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development, it will help teams, patrols and individual Scouts internalize the leadership skills and concepts being presented to them along the way. Throughout the course, the staff will be modeling the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of each session is not only knowledge but giving the youth a "Toolbox of Leadership Skills" that equips them with the "How".

Full information for Big Horn NYLT is available at Denver Area Council
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The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is the ultimate in training experiences for youth leaders, both young men and women. It is conducted for older Scouts who have the potential for being on the staff of the council junior leader training or youth leader training conference. The NAYLE program takes place at the Rayado Leadership Mesa, approximately 8 miles from base camp and situated in the beautiful foothills viewing Urraca Mesa and Crater Peak.

Who May Participate?
To be able to participate in NAYLE, participants must meet the following requirements:
Successful completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews (ILST or ILSC) and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) or successful completion of the NAYLE bridge course.
  • Be in top physical condition; a BSA Annual Health & Medical Record Form is required
  • Be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade and are not yet 21
  • Hold a unit leadership position
Full program descriptions: NAYLE at Philmont