Youth Training

Youth Leadership Training Continuum


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


A variety of supplemental training opportunities is available for youth who have completed the Introduction to Leadership Skills course. Some supplemental trainings are designed to be used with a particular age group. These trainings may be run at the unit, district, or council level. Watch this page for upcoming training opportunities.

Den Chief Training

Boy Scouts wishing to become den chiefs will take this online course as part of their training to become a den chief. The module identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks, and describes the den chief's relationship to the adult den leaders and how that relates to the den chief's activities with the den. After finishing the online training, den chief candidates print their certificate of completion and undergo further training with their adult den leaders.

Officer Orientation

This training module is geared primarily to Venturing youth that are elected into positions as officers within their Venturing crew, but it can also be used by adult leaders to learn the duties of the officers in the crew. This course is very useful for youth officers to fully understand their roles and responsibilities as it relates to Crew Officers Briefings and Seminars. This course will help the youth develop an annual plan of activities for the crew, as well as acquiring leadership and team-building skills.

Goal Setting & Time Management

This course will provides a fun, interactive learning experience in learning Time Management in a in a 3 ½ hour time period. The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated to meet the needs of the crew. Completing this training module will fulfills the Venturing Discovery Award requirement for the goal setting-time management training course.


This course will provides a interactive learning experience on Mentoring in a in a 2 hours. The presentation of this module can be split up to accommodated to meet the needs of the crew. Completing this training module will fulfills the Venturing Summit Award requirement for the Mentoring training course.

The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing programs.

Cyber Chip - Online Safety

Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Bullying Awareness

The idea that a Scout should treat others as he or she wants to be treated—a Scout is kind—is woven throughout the programs and literature of the Boy Scouts of America. When a Scout follows the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, bullying and hazing situations should never occur. These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work with to protect children.


Completing the basic Introduction to Leadership Skills course makes youth eligible to participate in several more advanced leadership training programs. All of these programs build on the skill set developed in basic training. These advanced trainings are open to Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Venturers

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

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units. Nashua Valley Council runs an annual NYLT course at Camp Wanocksett. Watch this space for registration information.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is an exciting program that enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in NYLT. NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, and uses the core elements of NYLT to help youth internalize and strengthen these skills. The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience course is now available at all national high-adventure bases.


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 area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

National Youth Leadership Training

What: National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their troops or crews. It’s a hands on, how to, course delivered in a unit and patrol centered, outdoor setting.

Who: Any registered Boy Scout or Venturer (male  or female). Boy Scouts must be 13 years of age by the start of the course; have completed seventh grade, and be at least First Class rank. A Venturer must have the recommendation of their crew advisor.  

When & Where: This course will be held over two (2) weekends in September.

  • Camp Wanocksett – Sept. 7-9 – 6 pm Friday to 3 pm Sunday            
  • Camp Split Rock – Sept. 21-23 – 6 pm Friday to 3 pm Sunday  

Cost: $255 per Scout            

Register Now

Includes: Course materials, meals, t-shirt, and more!   Registration Deadline: August 29, 2018            

Register Online:   **Please Note: Participants MUST commit to BOTH weekends from start to finish to successfully complete this course**