Youth Training

Youth Training

Training is the key to successful Scouting…

Training opportunities available to the youth in our programs include:


Den Chief Training (DCT)
Den Chief Training is available on-line for Boy Scouts that offer service and leadership to Cub Scout packs as Den Chiefs. This training is also offered annually by the council. After completing this program, the Den Chief is entitled to wear the “Trained” patch below the Den Chief badge of office.


Leave No Trace Trainer Course (LNT-T)
This 16 hour, overnight course trains interested individuals ages 14 and up to serve as Leave No Trace trainers. Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s Outdoor Ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting edge outdoor ethics into their outdoor programs. Each BSA Trainer course is taught by a recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator, so your training is recognized nationally by BSA’s partner, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness training card.

Note: Completion of this course, or another Leave No Trace Trainer course, is required for a youth to hold the Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility in his unit.


The Trainer’s EDGE
While the Trainer’s EDGE is a required train-the-trainer course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs, it is also for other trainers wishing to enhance their training and presentation skills. Click here to find out more about what Train-the-Trainer Courses would be of the most benefit to you or your youth.


Youth Leadership Training Continuum
The Boy Scouts of America provides opportunities for youth to develop and improve their leadership skills in the unit, in the local council, and at national training centers. Click here to find out more about what leadership courses would be of the most benefit to you or your youth.


Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews/Ships
Youth leadership training starts in the troop, crew or ship.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) is given primarily by the Scoutmaster and the senior patrol leader to all the youth leaders in their troop. At the end of ILST, all of the troop leaders will understand what is expected from them in their new leadership position. They will better understand the roles of each member of the leadership team (at the patrol and troop levels) and will learn to work toward a common vision of future success. They will have been given some core leadership skills.  They will learn that putting others first as a leadership style builds a strong and effective team. Upon completion of this training, the “Trained” patch may be worn below the youth leader’s badge of office.

ILST is conducted using BSA publication number 511-016WB, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops. Other publications address crews ans ships; and can be found by following the Introduction to Leadership Skills link.


National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is an nation wide, exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  Either a week or several weekends is spent in an environment that exemplifies the “best” that Scouting can be and is the vision that Baden-Powell intended. This course is intended as a precursor for all leadership positions.

Seneca Waterways Council NYLT operates one of the largest and most successful programs in the Northeast Region at the J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation. Youth from multiple councils attend the Seneca Waterways Council NYLT program.


NYLT Leadership Academy

The NYLT Leadership Academy is designed to train youth NYLT staff to be world-class presenters, evaluators and leaders of their council’s National Youth Leader Training course. NYLT Leadership Academy engages participants in a full program with a wide variety of activities including:

  • Understanding, using, and evaluating the use of the NYLT Leadership Tools
  • Making presentations on leadership topics (you will make 5 presentations)
  • Learning how to prepare for and effectively evaluate a presentation
  • Quest for the meaning of Teaching Leadership
  • Participating in effective model NYLT activities such as realistic first aid, geocaching, instructional campfires and instructional inter-faith worship services
  • Living and learning about the concepts of Leading Yourself, “Be, Know, Do” and “Servant Leadership”
  • Day hike the historic Washington, DC mall

Learn more about this program and other youth training opportunities.


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where youth enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. Scouts will expand upon the team building and ethical decision making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE uses elements of the Philmont Ranger Training as well as advanced Search and Rescue skills to teach leadership, teamwork and the lessons of selfless service. NAYLE will offer Scouts an unforgettable backcountry wilderness experience where they live leadership and teamwork, using the core elements of NYLT to make their leadership skills intuitive.

The Philmont leadership is committed to making NAYLE a very special experience. Scouts will live in a patrol setting at Rocky Mountain Scout Camp where they use their leadership skills to resolve exciting and challenging backcountry situations. The week will conclude with a closing challenge for each Scout to build upon the legacy of Waiter Phillips, the benefactor of the Philmont Scout Ranch.

NAYLE equips youth leaders to be better troop leaders, NYLT staff members and/or superior camp staff. It helps guide their journey to become true “servant leaders”, able to develop all members of whichever team they lead. It provides life skills for now and the future.

Scouts must be 14 and not yet 18, hold a troop leadership position and have completed NYLT. Councils may send a council contingent or troops may send their Patrol Leader Council. Concurrent adult training will be available most weeks at Philmont for contingent leaders.

Learn more about the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience


Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience—but one that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose.

Learn more about this program and other youth training opportunities.