An integral part of BSA's Youth Leadership Training Continuum, NYLT is the next step after Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews (ILST/C). The Minsi Trails Council will be sponsoring a one Troop course in 2021 to provide additional opportunities for the Scoutmasters and Crew Advisors to train your youth leaders. The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course supports Scoutmasters and Crew Advisors in their primary responsibility of training youth leaders. The Minsi Trails Council will offer the two weekend course in April 2021.
Built on the legacy of past youth leader training courses, NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of 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 skills and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, events, games, and adventures, NYLT participants will work and play together as they put into action the best that Scouting has to offer.
The course is set up to represent a month in the life of a Scout Troop. Patrols experience the stages of team development. Participants discover that leadership requires vision, goals, and planning. Participants are provided a "toolbox" of leadership skills.
The National Youth Leadership Training is an outdoor experience for youth leaders in support of the Scoutmaster's/Crew Advisor's responsibility for the training of Troop/Crew junior leaders. It is conducted by the council leadership training committee using an outline approved by the Boy Scout Division of the Boy Scouts of America.
What are the Dates?
The two-weekend course will occur Friday, April 16 at 6:00 pm to Sunday, April 18 at 4:30 pm and Friday, April 23 at 6:30 pm to Sunday, April 25, 2021 at approximately 4:00 pm. Nominations need to be submitted by Friday, March 28, 2021.
Attendance at both weekends for the entire weekend is required to complete the course. If you cannot be at both weekends or attend the entire time period of both weekends please do not register since you will not pass the course and you will be depriving another Scout of an opportunity.
What's the Location?
The course will be held in Akelaland in the Trexler Scout Reservation, Jonas, PA.
What's the Cost?
The cost for the course is $200 per Scout, which includes all food and training materials. If fees are not paid in full by early registration, the fee is $300. Troops and Crews are encouraged to pay at least part of the fee from their budgets.
O'Connell NYLT Scholarships
In memory of Charles M. O'Connell IV, a long time Minsi Trails NYLT Scoutmaster who also served in multiple training positions and was an advocate of youth-led training, a limited number of scholarships are available for youths participating in the NYLT program. These scholarships are based on financial need. Contact Council NYLT Coordinator Wayne Gross to check on availability and how to apply for an O'Connell NYLT scholarship (see Where Can We Get More Information? section below).
Who May Attend?
Is Any Special Equipment Needed?
An equipment list will be sent to each participant. He/she should bring the same clothing and equipment that they would take to summer camp, together with a completed Annual Health and Medical Record, Parts A and B from a current physical exam. Each Scout will represent their home unit and will wear its insignia. Full uniforms are needed.
How many Scouts may my Troop/Crew send?
NYLT is a training program, designed to improve the Troop and Crew program. Troops and Crews may nominate as many leaders as they wish. Troops and Crews need to name the youth leader(s) who will attend at the time a nomination is made.
Is the Home Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor Involved?
The National Youth Leadership Training is intended to strengthen the relationship between youth leaders and their Scoutmasters/Crew Advisors. The Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor will be involved in the following:
- Pre-course Meeting
A pre-course meeting will be held in March 2021 for Scouts, parents and the Scout's Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor. We will review course expectations, equipment needed, the Scoutmaster's/Crew Advisor's role, and answer any questions. Final payments may be made at the meeting.
The Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor is also requested to join the training Troop for dinner at NYLT on Sunday April 25, 2021 at the Akelaland Camp Dining Hall, to discuss with their youth leader the NYLT experience and how it can help their unit. A closing program follows this.
- After the course All youth leaders are expected to apply the skills they have learned in their home units. Each Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor is encouraged to learn what the youth have learned and support them as they put into practice the leadership skills.
Directions to Trexler Scout Reservation
From Interstate 80:
- Take Route 115 South to the crossroad at Mt. Effort. A Diner and Mt. Effort Plaza is on the left. Kresge's Sunoco and a car wash are on the right. At this cross road, turn right onto Jonas Road. Approximately 2-1/2 miles is a 3 way STOP. Go through intersection and up the hill. Entrance to Camp is 3 miles on the left.
From PA Route 209:
- Follow 209 north from the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Kresgeville. (Or) Follow 209 South from PA Route 33 through Brodheadsville to Kresgeville. At Kresgeville go West on PA Route 534 for approximately 5 miles. Just past the Jonas Market and Texaco Station is Jonas Road (Jonas Hotel sits at the corner) Turn right. Entrance to camp is 0.2 miles on right.
- Council NYLT Coordinator Wayne Gross
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plot your own course, using Google Maps or GPS coordinates:
The course is limited to 60 participants so reserve space for your key youth leader(s) as soon as possible as. Last years course was filled. Make nominations online, then send in the reservation form to:
Minsi Trails Council, BSA P.O. Box 20624 Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-0624
Full payment per Scout is required with the registration form to hold the reservation. The fee is to be paid by March 28, 2021. If full fee is not paid by March 28, 2021, then the fee is $300. There are no refunds after March 28, 2021.
Who Directs the Conference?
The Scoutmaster for the training Troop is Kelli Webb. Kelli is an experienced Scout Leader who is Wood Badge trained. She is building a staff of outstanding Minsi Trails Council youth and adult leaders.
Where Can We Get More Information?
Additional information can be obtained from:
Scoutmasters/Crew Advisors and Committee Chairs:
Improve your Unit's program and help meet the objective of making yours a youth-run unit by sending your Senior Patrol Leader, Crew President or other youth leaders(s) to the Minsi Trails Council's National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).