National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Spring Session 2014

March 28-30, 2014 (Weekend #1)

April 4-6, 2014 (Weekend #2)

Hope Haven, Virginia Beach


“The Quest for the Meaning of Leadership”


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Summer Session 2014 will be held at Hope Haven, Virginia Beach. The course is open to members of Boy Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships, Varsity Teams and Explorer Posts.

NYLT Spring Session 2014 will be delivered in a 2-weekend program.
March 28-30, 2014 (Weekend #1) & April 4-6, 2014 (Weekend #2)


Click here for NYLT Application


National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth with the leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Every unit should have at least one representative attending NYLT Spring Session 2014. NYLT is the highest level of training a Scout can take at the council level. In order to attend NYLT, youth must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills prior to the course convene date. Graduates of NYLT are then eligible to attend the ultimate in national BSA youth training at Philmont called National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE).

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, KNOW, and DO. The content is delivered in a team-oriented, outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills truly come alive the last training day as the team goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

The new NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Strong leaders are made not born!
Make the most of yourself at NYLT



National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide 13 to 20 year old youth members of BSA with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The term "Servant Leadership" and “Be, Know, Do” will be reinforced throughout the course.

NYLT is now open to all youth (male and female). Since NYLT is now open to the various BSA and Learning for Life programs, it is important the course is presented in a manner that places all programs on equal footing. The format is no longer formally based on the Boy Scout Troop as a model but will suit any leadership team. Upon arrival to the course, each Scout will be assigned to a team of 6 - 8 youth with diverse backgrounds, but similar in age.



Registration is handled through the Tidewater Council service center. Download the application here. It is preferred that applications be fully typed. A fill able PFD can be found at this site. The applicant and Unit Leader will need to sign the application. Applications will not be accepted without the applicant’s and Unit Leader’s signature. Deliver the application with full payment to Council Service Center. Those selected for the course will be notified no later than March 14th, 2014. If there is not space in the course, you will be placed on a waiting list. Approximately 30 days prior to the course convening date, refunds or credit for the following course will be given to anyone who was not selected to attend. After 30 days prior to the course there will be no refunds. Once the applicant is accepted into the course it will be REQUIRED the applicant is present for the duration of the course on both weekends for all events.  There will be no make up sessions if an applicant does not attend an event and there will be no refund.



Yes, NYLT is designed for training leadership skills and as such does not have the time to teach basic scouting skills. Therefore, for Boy Scouts the course is limited to those mature youth who are at least 13 years of age, and are at least a First Class Scout. The requirements for Venturers and Sea Scouts are, mature youth ,who are at least 13 years of age, and have completed the eighth grade (the eligibility age for Venturing programs). These are national guidelines and will not be changed for this course. Please contact the course director if you have any questions.



NYLT provides food, supplies, and awards for the course participants. For this reason, we must charge a fee for participation. Every person attending including adult advisors and youth staff will pay a fee to cover these expenses. Registration opens November 9, 2013.

Fee for participants:

$180 total cost paid on or before December 28, 2013
$190 total cost paid on or before February 1, 2014
$220 total cost paid on or before March 8, 2014

Course closes March 9, 2014. No applications will be taken after this date without approval from the Course Director.



We highly encourage Unit Committees to offer at least one scholarship for NYLT for ½ of the course cost for your participant(s). NYLT is a Leadership training course, NOT a summer camp or camporee. Therefore, meeting the minimum requirement of rank, age, and completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews/Troops needs to be adhered to. Likewise, it is imperative that you screen your applicant to ensure they have the maturity to attend a leadership course. The aforementioned serves as the foundation to ensure all participants receive the most out of NYLT. As BSA's premier National Youth Leadership training experience, the knowledge gained at NYLT has direct influence for the continued and enduring success of your unit. A trained YOUTH leader will contribute significantly in retention, recruitment and unit operations. Invest in the future, and they will pay it forward!

Refund Policy

The NYLT course has limited space. Therefore, a youth accepted for the course and has paid the deposit is expected to attend the full program for both weekends.  Refunds will be provided only for the following:

  1. Death of Relative

  2. Physical Limitation/Medical Situation

  3. Approval of Course Director

Please not that all approved refunds will be assessed a minimum of a 15% administrative charge. However, the Council reserves the right to charge to the person requesting the refund any fixed costs paid on behalf of that participant. The individual or parent\guardian must apply for the refund. Refunds will not be granted within 30 days of the course convene since program items will have already been purchased for participants.



By design, the course can hold 48 participants, so it is imperative you commit and pay in full no later than March 8, 2014.

The goal of BSA is to have every youth leader graduate from NYLT. It is intended that every eligible unit submit at least one primary and one alternate nominee. However, units may send more than one youth who meet the requirements. There are 150+ eligible units and 48 seats per course, space is extremely limited, therefore, the selection process will be determined by a first come, first serve basis.

There are two types of enrollment for NYLT: Primary and Alternate unit representatives. Units may nominate more than one scout. However, there will be only one scout designated as a “Primary.” The remaining applicants will be listed as “Alternate (1), (2), (3), ect.” There are no limitations on how many youth one unit can send to NYLT.

Registration opens November 2, 2014. Units may submit nominees (primary and alternates) and pay the course fee. Once all the primary representatives have been selected, the alternates will be offered slots accordingly. It is our hope the course will be filled by March 9, 2014.

It is encouraged that all units submit their applications along with course fee by December 28, 2013 to take advantage of the lowest possible cost.

*Reminder-Alternates do not have to wait to apply and pay. Take every advantage of the early registration. We will make every effort to fill all course seats and accommodate every scout who wishes to attend.



Our objective at NYLT is to provide Leadership training to ALL youth attending, regardless of physical or other limitations. Therefore, if your youth has special needs, contact the Course Director, Dan McFarland (757-620-0665) so we can address them before the course begins. Please give us notice by March 9, 2014 of any dietary requirements.



The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES. THE UNIFORM IS A REQUIRED PART OF THIS YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE! Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Sea Scouts are required to wear the FULL prescribed BSA Field Uniform (excluding neckerchiefs and bolos) properly.  Leading and reverence to self and pride as scouts are elements brought forward at NYLT.  Corrections will be made to those participants not wearing the uniform properly.  This includes their BSA shirt uniform un-tucked. Venturers will wear their Crew uniform or their recommended BSA Field Uniform.  Please note that no neckwear is worn at NYLT, this includes neckerchiefs and bolos.

Youth participants will wear their Field Uniform (see description below) when they arrive at NYLT. The Field Uniform is also worn at all Flag Ceremonies, dinners and several other times throughout the course. When youth are not wearing their Field Uniforms, they wear an Activity Uniform (see description below). The Activity Uniform is the same uniform as the Field Uniform except the participants' team shirt replaces the designated Scout shirt. This means the youth wear the Official BSA Scout shorts or pants and BSA Scout socks throughout the course. Participants will also receive course materials, 1 activity shirt and a name tag.


Field Uniform

Activity Uniform

  • Beige/Crew-designated Scout shirt with proper insignia

  • NYLT T-Shirt (Received at course)

  • Boots/Closed Shoes

  • Boots/Closed Shoes

  • Scout Shorts/Pants

  • Scout Shorts/Pants

  • Scout Socks

  • Scout Socks

  • Watch

  • Watch

  • Water Bottle/Water Source

  • Water Bottle/Water Source

  • Participant's Handbook (received at camp)

  • Participant's Handbook (received at course)

  • Scout Belt (web or leather with Scout Buckle)

  • Scout Belt (web/leather with Scout Buckle)

  • Name Tag (received at camp)

  • Name Tag (received at course)


Knowing that cost can be a factor for many families, consider these options for getting official BSA shorts/pants and socks. Some troops have an "experienced" uniform program, or think about borrowing these items from another Scout (hopefully about the same size as your Scout) in your unit.



Do not bring electronics, cell phones and other devices. The NYLT Staff will assume not responsibility nor deal with lost or stolen items.  It will be incumbent upon each participant to manage and take care of his or her own equipment



SCOUTS SHOULD NOT BRING ANY FOOD WITH THEM TO NYLT. Food in tents and billeting areas will attract animals and ants. All the meals during the course will be provided. We will be also providing snacks throughout the course.  There will be plenty of good food to eat! Everything else is provided by the course so there is no need to bring money. Any youth that brings money does so at their own risk. Please note, if the youth has any food allergies, it is crucial the youth and the parents inform the Course Director no later than March 9, 2014.



YES! Annual Medical Form Part A, B, and C must be current, complete and signed by both parent/guardian and physician.  Physicals will be accepted and screened at course reception. BSA medical forms are valid for 1 year.  Please ensure the participant’s medical form is valid for the duration of the course.  Therefore, no form should be dated any earlier than April 6, 2013. Medical forms will only be accepted at check in.  If your unit maintains a copy of your medical form, please ensure that you acquire that form prior to arriving at NYLT.



NYLT has an adult advisor who is trained as, and will serve as the medic. When the youth checks in at NYLT, they will also check with the medic who will review any medications. Medications must arrive in their original containers with clear instructions on dosage. In most cases, medications will be held by the participant during the course. It is the youth's responsibility to take his/her medications when needed. The medic will provide general reminders throughout the day, but will not be able to track individual medications. If this is an issue, please discuss with the medic or the Course Director during registration process.

For Health and Safety reasons youth should bring with them an emergency inhaler and/or EPIPEN if applicable.

REMINDER: You must have the current and BSA Health Form completed and signed by both parent/guardian and physician. Those who do not will be turned away, will not be able to attend the course, and will not receive a refund.  If you have questions about this please contact the Course Director.  Medical forms will only be accepted at check in.



Although the books and activities require the skills needed for certain merit badges, NYLT focuses on teaching the participants how to teach a skill, not to complete a merit badge. Remember, NYLT is not summer camp or  camporee. It must be treated and approached as a leadership course or academy. The objective of NYLT is to train leaders - "Servant Leaders." With that said, the skills the youth will learn at NYLT will help them advance in their respective units.



The NYLT provides skills that go beyond scouting to critical skills required in the workplace and for life. We therefore encourage you to promote every eligible and mature youth to attend. Because we are conducting this course using the two-weekend model, we need to start promptly. Please have your son/daughter at Hope Haven no later than 5:30 PM on Friday, March 28, 2014 for weekend #1. For weekend #2, participants will need to be on site no later than 5:30 PM on April 4, 2014.  We realize this is a difficult time to travel in Virginia Beach so please account for travel delays. Please note: the first meal offered at NYLT for both weekends is Breakfast on Saturday; therefore participants need to eat before coming.

The course is fast-paced and requires the attention of all youth. Please read the discipline policy on the application and encourage your son/daughter to be on good behavior during the course. Knowing the caliber of youth being sent by their respective units, I anticipate no discipline problems.

Please pick-up your son/daughter promptly at the conclusion of the program each weekend. The staff has additional work that must be completed before we can go home to our families. If you are more than 30 minutes late, please contact the Course Director (757-620-0665) to make arrangements.  Pickup times for each weekend will be disseminated later.  When you arrive to pick up your participant, please be patient as they may be in the process of cleaning the course facilities.  No participant will be allowed to depart prior to course areas being cleaned and brought back to a state at or better than we accepted it.  Please do not ask permission for the participant to leave any earlier.

On the final training day of the course there will be a GRADUATION FEAST and Closing Ceremony. As this is part of the program, all participants will be required to attend. You are highly encouraged to attend as well and see your youth graduate from this leadership program.  Tickets for the FEAST are $5 per person. Tickets will be available at Weekend #1 check in on March 28, 2014 and Weekend #2 check in on April 4, 2014.  Please join us!



If you are 14 and at least a Star Scout in a Troop or filling an Officer position in a Venturing Crew, Sea Scout Ship, Varsity Team, please contact the Course Director at with an introductory letter. Both the Course Director and the Course Leader will review all potential staffers and invite those selected to be on the NYLT staff.



Dan McFarland


Important Links

NYLT Application

 Official BSA Medical Form (Parts A, B & C must be completed)



Hope Haven

3000 North Landing Road

Virginia Beach, VA 23465


Last Updated 12/12/2013