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    National Youth Leadership Training logoNational Youth Leadership Training at Big Horn

    Be Prepared to Lead the Way

    What is NYLT?

    National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an action-packed program designed to provide Scouts with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. This program is the centerpiece of the council's youth training opportunities, providing local units with outstanding youth leaders and giving those participants the tools and leadership ideals that will serve them well in whatever they do. 

    Course Overview

    The NYLT @ Big Horn Course is leadership training experience sponsored by the Denver Area Council and held annually at Tahosa High Adventure Base near Ward, Colorado. The training is conducted by highly qualified youth staff under the supervision of adult advisors.

    A constant refrain of NYLT is, “If you can see it, you can be it.” The course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the team goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

    NYLT @ Big Horn is a six-day course, patterned after a month in the life of a unit. The course 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 skills and confidence to lead well. During an NYLT course, team members find themselves going through the stages of team development. Their challenges heighten the team development process, enabling them to use their awareness of the stages to build a highly effective team that can reach its full potential.

    When and Where is NYLT @ Big Horn held?

    Denver Area Council will run five sessions of NYLT @ Big Horn at Camp Tahosa in 2020 - four in June and one in July. Each session will feature two NYLT Troops with five patrols each, for 60 participants maximum. The cost for one week at NYLT @ Big Horn is $360.00. Registration will open very soon.

    Week/Session Scoutmaster/SPL Registrar

    Week 1: Sunday, June 7 - Saturday, June 13, 2020
    Course Director: Curtis Letson

    1a Scoutmaster: Felicia Fernandez; SPL: TBD
    1b Scoutmaster: Pattie Nortman; SPL: TBD
    Melaine Heesacker

    Week 2: Sunday, June 14 - Saturday, June 20, 2020
    Course Director: Jim Auslen

    2a Scoutmaster: Randy Bruns; SPL: TBD
    2b Scoutmaster: Mike Duncan; SPL: TBD

    Week 3: Sunday, June 21 - Saturday, June 27, 2020
    Course Director: Russ Larson

    3a Scoutmaster: Mike Hartig; SPL: TBD
    3b Scoutmaster: Ed Tugya; SPL: TBD

    Week 4: Sunday, June 28 - Saturday, July 4, 2020
    Course Director: Mark Field

    4a Scoutmaster: Sarah Ford; SPL: TBD
    4b Scoutmaster: Duncan Shields; SPL: TBD

    Week 5: Sunday, July 5 - Saturday, July 11, 2020
    Course Director: Steve Yexley

    5a Scoutmaster: Heather Graf; SPL: TBD
    5b Scoutmaster: Dean Stephens; SPL: TBD

    Who Should Attend?

    Scouts BSA and Venturers who currently hold a key leadership role in their home unit or the unit leader feels has the potential to hold a key leadership position in the future. In order to attend an NYLT @ Big Horn course, a youth must have the following qualifications by the beginning of the course, per National Council guidelines:

    • Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
    • Must have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.
    • The new policy as of March 1, 2019, (new age policy went into effect) Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be at least 13 years old on start date of their course. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.
    • Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.
    • Have a unit leader recommendation.
    • Scouts BSA participants must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
    • Venturer or Sea Scout must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships

    All Participants

    • He or she must agree to spend the entire scheduled week participating in the National Youth Leadership Training Course.
    • He or she should have held a leadership position in his or her unit, if possible, or be considering a position in the near future.
    • The Scout or Venturer should be an experienced camper with good camping, hiking, and outdoor cooking skills.

    What is the Involvement of the Unit Leader?

    NYLT is intended to strengthen the relationship between the youth leader and unit leader. The unit leader is highly encouraged to have a pre-course and post-course conference with the participant to discuss their vision and goals for future success of their home unit.

    Code of Ethics

    Every course operates according to the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. Each participant and staff member is welcomed, appreciated and valued. There is no room for hazing or for any activities that do not add to a positive learning experience for everyone.

    Staff Opportunities

    Interested in being part of the NYLT 2020 staff? Get your name in the mix! Use one of the forms linked below to be considered for either a youth staff or an adult staff position for the 2020 season. Registrants will be part of the pool of candidates used to build the NYLT 2020 Leadership team. Application does not guarantee a position on NYLT staff. For those selected, additional forms and fees will be required, including a per-person charge to partially cover meal expenses.

    2020 NYLT Youth Staff Interest Form | 2020 NYLT Adult Staff Interest Form