Training & Awards for Youth  Leaders

Youth Leadership Continuum

The Youth Leadership Training Continuum



Thunderbird National Youth Leader Training, is a seven day outdoor training conference for youth leaders, which supports the Scoutmaster's or Crew Advisor's responsibility for training junior leaders. It is conducted by the Council Training Committee using a syllabus that was developed by the Boy Scouts of America. Leadership requires vision, goals and planning. Through presentations and positive experiences in goal setting, planning and problem solving, participants learn how to set a clear course toward realizing their team and individual visions, and then begin to put themselves in the center of those pictures of future success. 

Course dates - JUNE 11-17, 2017 click here- Camp Big Timber, Elgin, IL
Course Director - Dave Daly

Prospective attendees must be recommended by their unit leader. Unit Leader contact information is required in the registration. 

To be registered for the 2016 NYLT course, participants must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Be an active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Team, or Venturing Crew
  • Have turned 13 years old on or before June 1.
  • Be able to attend the entire conference (beginning 11 am Sunday, June 11, and ending at approximately 11 am Saturday, June 17, 2017)
  • Be recommended to attend the conference by their unit leader
  • Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts must have earned First Class rank or higher. Because the NYLT conference is conducted entirely outdoors, in a camp setting, all participants should have experience with long-term camping.

After registering, we will follow up with each Scout and unit leader with additional information about this year’s NYLT course. If you have any questions, please contact  Dave Daly (630-514-6334).


What is NAYLE? National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where young men and women enhance their leadership skills. Sessions will be held at Philmont Scout Ranch, and on the regional level. Youth will expand upon the team building
and ethical decision making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service using the core elements of NYLT to make these skills intuitive.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? NAYLE is a very special experience. You will camp in a team setting that enables participants to use their leadership skills to resolve challenging situations. The week concludes with a closing challenge for each Scout to use what they’ve learned in service to others.

WHAT WILL I TAKE HOME FROM NAYLE?  The skill, ability, and motivation to be a dynamic and effective leader taught through advanced, practical applications of NYLT skills.
• Innovative techniques to deliver NYLT skills to units and councils.
• Nationwide resources including new ideas and contacts that can only be gained through a
program of this type.
• Personal written commitment to apply NAYLE skills back home.

WHO CAN COME? Scouts must be at least of 14 years old, and not yet 21, hold a unit leadership position, and have completed NYLT. A NYLT to NAYLE bridge course is available for Venturers who have not been able to take NYLT. Councils may send a council contingent, units may send their leadership teams, or Scouts can come alone.

Philmont Training Center will be issuing a limited number of scholarships for the 2015 National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience program at Philmont. The scholarships are available through the Waite Phillips Foundation. Each of the four regions has been granted 10 $200 scholarships. To apply, a Scout must register to attend and pay a $50 deposit. For additional information and a scholarship application, contact Andrea Watson at 575-376-2281 or .

  • 2015 Philmont NAYLE - Summer 2015 - You need to have completed the week long NYLT experience.

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 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) - View Online Sylabus

The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak.

Sea ScoutsIntroduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILSS) - View Online Sylabus

ILSS is intended to help Sea Scouts in leadership positions within their ship understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. ILSS replaces the Venturing Leadership Skills Course (VLSC) and is a prerequisite for Sea Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses (i.e., National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) and the Kodiak Challenge).


Open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade, Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your council training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.


 Online Registration & Flier 
For full information visit the OKPIK Page of our website

Purpose: To provide a train the trainer opportunity for Scout leaders and experienced youth in the unique skills necessary for successful winter camping. The intent of this course is to help Scout troops extend their camping season to all 12 months of the year. It is expected that the participants of this course will go back to their units and share the knowledge and skills learned in this course. Because of this, the course is limited to adults and experienced youth (at least 14 years old & approved by their home Troop Scoutmaster).

Program: Activities include: First Aid, Cooking/Nutrition, Planning, Shelters, Winter Travel, Dressing for the Cold, Sleeping Systems, Winter Games/Activities, Nature, and Teaching Methods --- among other interesting topics.

Den Chief Training 

Den ChiefDEN CHIEF TRAINING - Saturday, November 14, 2015 / 7:30am: Registration / Course: 8:30am - 4pm - 

Where: East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, IL  60505  

Den Chief Training is for Boy Scouts who want to help Cub Scout Den Leaders with their dens. This is a recognized Leadership position for Scouts. It is a great way for Scouts to obtain service hours, and is a lot of FUN! This course will provide Scouts with skills they need to be effective in their position helping younger Scouts. They will learn songs, games, and crafts that they can share with their dens, as well as receiving resource materials & information.

Early bird fee: $25 through October 31st / Regular Fee: November 1st or after = $30
Registration fee includes lunch, snacks, Den Chief Handbook, program supplies, TFC Training Academy patch & trained strip plus carry bag. Please bring pencil, paper, an enthusiastic attitude, and wear your FULL SCOUT uniform. Attendance for the entire session is required to be considered trained and to earn the TRAINED patch. Scouts should complete the Den Chief online Fast Start Training Course, and print the certificate and bring to class.

John Picchietti - Den Chief Instructor


SENIOR Patrol Leader Training  at  Three Fires Council Training Academy  

Saturday, November 14, 2015 / 7:30am: Registration / Course: 8:30am - 4pm - 

Where: East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora, IL  60505  


Who: Senior Patrol Leaders (SPL) and Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL) ONLY
Where: East Aurora High School - 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora (5th Avenue & Tomcat Lane)
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 8:30 am – 4 pm
What to Bring:  Pen and paper….Scout Spirit….wear your Scout uniform
Fees: Early registration is $30 through Oct. 31st.  Nov. 1st the fee increases to $35.
Registration fee includes: lunch, snacks, program supplies, SR Patrol Leader handbook, TFC Training Academy patch plus the Training Academy carry bag.

This training is Supplemental Training, designed to introduce Senior Patrol Leaders and Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of troop operations in their units. The syllabus draws from existing training materials for SPL’s, as well as other sources. It is not designed to replace any existing training; this training is designed to support the Scoutmaster’s role in the training process.

Steve Thompson - SPL Instructor