Youth Leadership: Our Year in Review

It has been a great year for the Boy Scouts of America in the training of youth leaders around the country. Leadership courses are growing and expanding to new locations within the blink of an eye. With the growth and expansion more youth are able to receive quality leadership training. The youth leaders are able to take the skills they have learned back to their unit and community and put them to the test each and every day, by making decisions and leading using the youth led method. The growth has helped to reach more of the Scouting’s youth leaders, and teaching them skills that will last a lifetime.


This past year 183 councils had 285 NYLT Courses, in 43 States, Germany and Taiwan. That is an incredible amount of NYLT courses held! It is also great to see that you can find an NYLT course in almost any state, and a few places around the world. NYLT truly gives you the foundation and tools necessary to build yourself as a leader.

NYLT Leadership Academy

This past summer the NYLT Leadership Academy had its biggest numbers come through the program. 108 Scouts and Venturers came to Washington, DC to participate in the premier leadership training for NYLT youth staff nationwide. This summer the NYLT Leadership Academy will be hosting two courses in Washington DC from July 5 – 11, and July 12 – 18, as well as course in St. Louis, MO from July 26 – August 1, 2015. This will be the first year that NYLT Leadership Academy will be offered in two cities. For more information visit:


This year the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience will be offered at all of the BSA’s High Adventure Bases. Meaning that you can have the NAYLE experience at Northern Tier, Philmont, Florida Sea Base or the Summit. For more information on NAYLE visit,

2015 is setting up to be a great year for youth leadership training within the Boy Scouts of America. It will be great to see where all these courses go in the future, and if 2014 is a sign, we can only expect great things.