Pine Tree Council National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)


Experience Scouting at its finest!

Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law

Join us at Pine Tree Council’s National Youth Leadership Training at Camp Bomazeen on Great Pond in Belgrade!!
NYLT is designed for the youth leadership of your Scouting Unit to help strengthen their Leadership skills and give them the knowledge they need to perform! This is an intense and fun Six-day leadership training course for Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. It is the most advanced Youth Leader Training that Scouting offers.

"The benefit of the National Youth Leadership program to our Troop has been substantial.  The leadership skills of our scouts have been greatly enhanced by their attendance at NYLT."

What is NYLT? 

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an action-packed program designed to provide Scouts with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

This program is the centerpiece of the council's youth training opportunities, providing local units with outstanding youth leaders and giving those participants the tools and leadership ideals that will serve them well in whatever they do. 

Course Overview

A constant refrain of NYLT is, “If you can see it, you can be it.” The course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the team goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

NYLT is a six-day course, patterned after a month in the life of a unit. The course integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skills and confidence to lead well. During an NYLT course, team members find themselves going through the stages of team development. Their challenges heighten the team development process, enabling them to use their awareness of the stages to build a highly effective team that can reach its full potential.

Course Objectives:
• Teach concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW and what he must DO.
• Teach leadership elements with a clear focus on the HOW TO.
• Give Youth a “Toolbox of Leadership Skills”, by guiding through the stages of team development
• Team and personal development
• Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Ideals of Scouting
• Use the Patrol/Team Method.
• Have FUN!

“Graduates of the NYLT program provide a higher quality of instruction and guidance to our younger scouts.  We see it at our weekly meetings and campouts and are happy to send scouts to the program each year.”

Who Should Attend?

Boy Scouts and Venturers who currently hold a key leadership role in their home unit or the unit leader feels has the potential to hold a key leadership position in the future. Along with the unit leaders approval the participant must be 13 years old as of the first day of course and First Class Scout. NYLT is required for a youth to staff a Kodiak Challenge course. 

What is the Involvement of the Unit Leader?

NYLT is intended to strengthen the relationship between the youth leader and unit leader. The unit leader is highly encouraged to have a pre-course and post-course conference with the participant to discuss their vision and goals for future success of their home unit.

Code of Ethics

Every course operates according to the principles of the Scout Oath and Law. Each participant and staff member is welcomed, appreciated and valued. There is no room for hazing or for any activities that do not add to a positive learning experience for everyone.

What is the Cost?

- Scouts/Venturers/Explorers/Sea Scouts must be at least 13 years old and be approved by their Unit Leader.
- Limited space available, only two spots per unit unless space is still open after June 1!


Our 2021 course will follow all BSA and Maine Youth Camp Guidance to keep our youth safe and healthy.

June 20-25, 2021
Camp Hinds

Cost for the week:  Only $300


Jon Giles
NYLT 2021 Course Director


146 Plains Road
Raymond, ME 04071
Phone: 207-797-5252


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