Page Updated April 16, 2023

National Youth Leadership Training

NYLT is a crash-course in teamwork, problem solving, leadership, and goal setting that set me apart from my peers. It helped shape my thinking in a way that had a huge impact on the next 10 years of my life. 

-- Dominic Musilli, CPA, Eagle Scout and former SPL for Troop 1 in GTC

Who may attend?

Scoutmasters, Advisors and Skippers must recommend youth for the NYLT course. The youth should hold or will soon hold leadership positions within their unit and should be experienced campers.

Scouts BSA Troops requirements

Venturing Crews and Sea Scout Ships


There can be no exceptions! Remember that this is not “just a week at camp”!  It is a fun, but challenging, and intense training experience. 

Scouts BSA Course Information

Boys Spring Course: June 4 - 9, 2023

Allen Hoy, Scoutmaster

register now - few spots remain 

Girls Spring Course: June 4 - 9, 2023

Lisa Henry, Scoutmaster

register now

Boys Summer Course: July 23 - 28, 2023

Last day to register June 20, 2023

Bill Hedrick, Scoutmaster

 location: Camp Stambaugh
3712 Leffingwell Road
Canfield, OH 44406

Participant fee: $290.00
by May 4 for the Spring Courses
by June 20 for the Summer Courses

NYLT is a fantastic experience for any scout to grow as a leader in the short and long term. Even today, having taken the course almost eight years ago, I still find myself regularly thinking back to and using leadership and mentoring skills and practices I learned at NYLT. 

-- Harley Hoff, 2016 NYLT Participant, Eagle Scout, James E. West Recipient 

What if my troop has never used NYLT as part of our program?

This is a great year to use NYLT for the first time (or in a long time). What will NYLT do for your scouts? It is going to allow them to see how a troop should work running the patrol method so all scouts have the most fun and learn the most. It will empower them with ideas that they can bring back to their unit. As a Scoutmaster, you can learn from them and give them more say in how the troop is run and what they do. Your troop will become stronger. 

If you, the adult volunteer want to speak the language of NYLT, to understand how to let the youth bring back there skills toolkit and be effective, there is nothing you can do as important as being Wood Badge trained. (Visit our Wood Badge web site).

If you wish to apply for Financial Aid, you must also register for the course. 

"I sent my new leaders to NYLT every year during my tenure as Scoutmaster. This is so important, our troop always helped pay their way. 

We became a very strong troop because we had many NYLT trained youth and we let them lead." 

-- 25 year Scoutmaster, Great Trail Council. 

What is NYLT?

National Youth Leadership Training is a week-long, intensive summer camp experience designed to teach scouts leadership and communication skills!

NYLT enables scouts to better serve as leaders in their home troops.

NYLT models a month in the life of troop: planning and conducting three meetings, leading up to an overnight outpost camp all in a summer camp setting.

While the course is designed to have patrols experience the four stages of team development as a team, it is also intended to enable individual Scouts to internalize the leadership skills and concepts being presented to them along the way.

Who should attend?

All Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts who want to be better leaders in their units and especially those who seek or find themselves in the top position of Senior Patrol Leader, Crew President or Sea Scout Boatswain. 

"Among the most powerful tools in your leadership toolbox is EDGE, which stands for Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable. EDGE allows you to tailor your teaching and leadership styles—and those of your youth leaders—to the needs of your Scouts. When you meet your Scouts where they are, learning and growth happen." 

-- Scouts BSA: Troop Leader Guidebook - Volume 2

If your Scouts can’t take NYLT in your own council because of scheduling conflicts or lack of space, check with neighboring councils.

-- Scouts BSA: Troop Leader Guidebook - Volume 2

"Becoming Scout-led takes time and patience. Being in charge doesn’t feel natural to Scouts who rarely get the opportunity in other areas of their lives. And adults aren’t accustomed to yielding authority to kids their own children’s age—perhaps especially if those kids are their children." 

-- Scouts BSA: Troop Leader Guidebook - Volume 2. 

Why Attend?

NYLT will give the youth leaders the tools they need to be effective in their positions of responsibility. 

--Scouts BSA: Troop Leader Guidebook - Volume 2

The focus of each session is not only providing knowledge, but giving the youth a “Toolbox of Skills” that equips them with the skills necessary to lead a troop.

A Toolbox of Leadership Skills

National Youth Leadership Training introduces the following skills.

Vision—Goals—Planning: Creating a Positive Future Success

SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely

Planning and Problem-Solving Tool: What, How, When, Who

Assessment Tool: SSC—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

-- Scouts BSA: Troop Leader Guidebook - Volume 1

Directions to Camp Stambaugh

Camp Stambaugh Map