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National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) 2018

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for 13 to 20 year old youth members of BSA .  The Course Director/NYLT Scoutmaster for this year’s course is Kelly Thorp and will be held at Izaak Walton League camp in Chesapeake on the weekends of March 2-4 & March 9-11.  NOTE: Registration and payment for the 2018 course will be done online using the council’s new online registration system.  You may pay with a credit card.

To find out what you need to know about attending the course, how to contact the Course Director and other information, click “+” in each section below.

I'm Ready to Register Now!

If you have read all of the information below and are ready to register and pay now, then go to the online registration site here:  NYLT Online Registration.  DON’T FORGET to send in the Supplemental Information Form found here:  Supplemental Information Form

What Should I Expect From The Course?

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 open to all youth (male and female) in crews, ships and troops. Youth leaders will become part of a Model Troop. Upon arrival to the course, each Scout will be assigned to a patrol of 6 – 8 youth with diverse backgrounds, but similar in age. They will take part in many activities including an outpost hike and campout.


Registration and payment for all participants will be done on the Council’s new online registration system.  In addition to the registration information submitted online, the applicant (Scout), applicant’s parent(s) (if under 18 years old), and Unit Leader will need to sign a supplemental information form (found here) and forward it to the NYLT Scoutmaster, by email or by mailing it or dropping it off at the Council Service Center. Applications will not be accepted without the applicant’s, parent’s, and Unit Leader’s signature on this form.  You may access the registration system and pay here:  NYLT Registration.  If you are unable to register online, please read the instructions in the section below:  “Trouble With Online Registration”.  The NYLT Scoutmaster will follow up with you on what to do.

If you do not already have an online registration account, you will need to create a new account.  Follow the instructions on the site in the “Create A New Account” section of the main login page.  

Trouble With Online Registration?

 Please fill out this form and let us know about the issues you are having and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  We’ll get back to you as soon as practical to help resolve any issues you may have.  Please provide as complete and specific information so we have all of the information necessary to help you.

Trouble With Online Registration



What Happens After I Register

Those selected for the course will be notified no later than February 10, 2017.  If there is no space in the course, you will be placed on a waiting list.  Once the applicant is accepted into the course, he or she must be present for the duration of the course.  There will be no make-up sessions if an applicant does not attend an event and there will be no refund.

Is There An Age Requirement?

Yes, NYLT is designed for training leadership skills and as such does not have the time to teach basic scouting skills. Therefore, the course is limited to those mature youth.  For Boy Scouts, the requirement is that they are at least 13 years of age or older and are at least a First Class Scout by March 2, 2017.  The requirements for Venturer and Sea Scouts are mature youth who meet Venturing and Sea Scouting minimum ages by March 2, 2017 and not 21 before March 11, 2017.  These are national guidelines and cannot be changed for the course.  Please contact the course director if you have any questions.

What Does It Cost?

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 is open now.

Fee for participants:
$210 total cost paid on or before January 1, 2018.
$225 total cost paid after January 1 and before February 1, 2018.
$240 total cost paid on or after February 1, 2017.

Course registration closes February 10, 2017.

No applications will be taken after this date without approval from the NYLT Scoutmaster.

For Unit Leaders and Unit Committees

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, Ships, or Troops must be adhered to.  Likewise, it is imperative that you screen your applicant to ensure they have the maturity to attend a leadership course.  This serves as the foundation for ensuring 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 to 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.  Refunds will be provided only for the following:

1. Death of Relative
2. Physical Limitation/Medical Situation
3. Approval of Course Director

Please note 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 already 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 date since program items will have already been purchased for participants, however, unit leaders are able to change candidates prior to 20 days from the beginning of the NYLT Course.

For youth who are not accepted because of space limitations, they will be fully refunded.

What Is The Selection Process?

By design, the course can hold a maximum of 48 participants, so it is imperative you commit and pay in full no later than February 10, 2018 (earlier if possible).

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 only 48 seats per course, therefore space is extremely limited and the selection process will be determined by a first come, first serve basis and based on the recommendation from the unit leaders.

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), etc.”  There are no limitations on how many applications one unit can send to NYLT.

Registration is open now. Units may submit nominees and pay the course fee. It is our hope the course will be filled by February 1, 2018.

It is highly recommended that all units submit their applications along with course fee by January 1, 2018 to take advantage of the lowest possible cost.

*Reminder- We will make every effort to fill all course seats and accommodate every scout who wishes to attend.

I Have A Special Needs Concern

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 NYLT Scoutmaster at NYLT6958@gmail.com so all concerns can be addressed prior to the course. Please give us notice by February 10, 2018 of any dietary requirements.

Do I Have To Wear A Uniform?

ABSOLUTELY YES. THE UNIFORM IS A REQUIRED PART OF THIS YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE! Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts are required to wear the FULL prescribed BSA Field Uniform (excluding neckerchiefs and bolos) properly.  Venturers will wear their Crew uniform or their recommended BSA Field Uniform.  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 having their BSA uniform shirt un-tucked. Please note that no neckwear is worn at NYLT.

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’ NYLT 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, one (1) NYLT activity shirt and a name tag.


Scout shirt with proper insignia
Scout Shorts/Pants
Scout Socks
Boots/Closed Shoes
Scout Belt (web or leather with Scout buckle)
Water Bottle/Water Source
Name tag (received at course)
Participant’s Handbook (received at course)


NYLT T-Shirt (received at course)
Boots/Closed Shoes
Scout Shorts/Pants
Scout Socks
Scout Belt (web or leather with Scout buckle)
Water Bottle/Water Source
Name tag (received at course)
Participant’s Handbook (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.

What Do I Have To Bring To NYLT?

This year NYLT will be held at the Izaak Walton League facility in Chesapeake.  We will be camping both weekends so ensure you are prepared to sleep in your tent even if the weather is cold!  Remember, March is an unpredictable weather month for the Tidewater area. Also, there are no shower facilities. Be Prepared!
• Field Uniform appropriate to the participant’s program (at least 1 pair of long pants)
• Daily change of underwear and socks (Bring Extra)
• Toothbrush and Toothpaste
• Hand Towel
• Bath Towels
• Washcloths
• Comb, Brush, Mirror
• Deodorant
• Hand sanitizer
• Soap in container
• Raincoat and/or poncho
• Good and comfortable pair of shoes
• Pajamas
• Sleeping Bag and Pad
• BSA Style hat (optional)
• Pillow
• Camera & film (single use camera’s work GREAT!)
• Watch (Important)
• Pocketknife (Totin’ Chit)
• Laundry Bag
• Individual First Aid Kit
• Mess Kit and Canteen or Water Bottle
• Tent
• Backpack

Do not bring electronics, cell phones and other devices.  If these items are brought, the NYLT Staff will not assume 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.

Is Food or Money Required?

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!  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 NYLT Scoutmaster no later than February 10, 2018.

Do I Need To Have A BSA Medical Form?

YES! Annual Medical Form Part A & B 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 March 11, 2017.  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.

What If I Have Medications?

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.  Medications will be held by the medic 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 and will do their best to track individual medications. If this is an issue, please discuss with the medic or the NYLT Scoutmaster during the registration process.

For Health and Safety reasons youth should bring with them an emergency inhaler and/or EPIPEN if applicable. This will be the ONLY medication a youth will be able to maintain personal possession of.

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 NYLT Scoutmaster at NYLT6958@gmail.com.  Medical forms will only be accepted at check-in.

What About Merit Badges?

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.  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, specifically “Servant Leaders”.  With that said, the skills the youth will learn at NYLT will help them advance in their respective units.

Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?

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.  Please have your son/daughter at Izaak Walton League Park no later than 5:30 PM on Friday, March 2, 2018 and on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Please note: the first meal offered at NYLT 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.  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 NYLT Scoutmaster at NYLT6958@gmail.com, to make arrangements.  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.  Unit leaders are invited and highly encouraged to attend as well and see their youth graduate from this leadership program. Tickets for the FEAST are $5 per person. Order forms for the tickets will be in your welcome packet.  You are able to submit that at check-in during the course check-in. Immediately prior to the feast we will have a session for unit leaders regarding “After NYLT – Now What?” session to provide ideas on how to maximize youth leadership opportunities in your unit.  Unit Leaders please join us!

How Do I Volunteer To Be On Staff?

If you are 14, have held positions of leadership in your home unit, and have been an NYLT course participant, please contact the NYLT Scoutmaster at  nylt6958@gmail.com with an introductory letter.  Both the NYLT Scoutmaster and the Senior Patrol Leader will review all potential staffers and invite those selected to be on the NYLT staff.

NYLT Scoutmaster Contact Info and Other Info

Kelly Thorp



Tidewater Council, BSA
NYLT Application (online)
Official BSA Medical Form (Parts A & B must be completed)

Directions To The Course Location

ADDRESS:  2136 Shipyard Road, Chesapeake, VA

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