National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is a six-day course. Activities and training are delivered by youth staff in an outdoor setting with an emphasis on fun and immediate application.

A Month in the Life of a Unit

The course is set up to represent a month in the life of a typical Scouting Unit. During the course, there are three Unit “meetings” that lead up to an overnight “outpost event.”


Course Content

There are many activities each day where participants practice what they have just learned from a variety of skill and leadership presentations. The course includes:

  1. The Stages of Team Development.
  2. Leadership Requires Vision, Goals, and Planning.
  3. A Toolbox of Leadership Skills.
  4. Consistent Leadership Modeling.
  5. Scouting Ideals.
  6. Having Fun!

It’s Fun.

The staff and previous participants think NYLT is great and lots of fun. At the Great Rivers Council NYLT, we eat ice cream nearly every day. We promote the spirit of fun with a rubber chicken, since after all, what’s not funny about a rubber chicken?

Attend NYLT in the Great Rivers Council

2023 course date has been set! Join us at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation July 24th-29th, 2023.

Here is more information about how to attend and register for the Great Rivers Council NYLT in 2023:

  1. Click here for the registration form
  2. Click here for the Fact Sheet

Participant Equipment List can be found here.

More information on NYLT can be found here.