The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), previously an all male leadership training course, is now open to all Venturing youth between the ages of 13 and 17. Yes, you read correctly. NYLT is open to male and female youth.
The course focuses on what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what the leader must DO. Scouts and Venturers are taught with a clear emphasis on the HOW TO method.
Staffed and organized by local councils, NYLT models a month in the life of a unit. One meeting is held each day for the first three days, which leads up to an overnight outpost camp. The patrol method is utilized and model Leader Council meetings are presented.
The teams start their adventure finding their team vision and finish with each team member refining a personal vision. Participants will be able to take the skills back to their home unit and effectively communicate what they have learned.
Youth staff selections could be implemented differently for each Council NYLT course. One common process involves a pool of candidates. This pool of candidates is compiled by either recommendation made by the staff when the Scouts were NYLT participants or selection through individual application. The second method may involve a personal interview. The Course Director then selects the youth staff from this pool.
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