What is NYLT?

National Youth Leadership Training, or NYLT, is an intense, 6 day, outpost adventure outdoor leadership training experience for youth leaders. The course goal is to prepare youth to become superior leaders in their units, their district and other organizations they belong to now and in the future.

Participants learn to use current corporate leadership skills within the framework of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. BSA National carefully developed the NYLT curriculum with input from current corporate trainers, the United States Air Force Academy and others in the training community. Graduates of this program become leaders in their units as well as leaders in their Districts, Schools, Churches, and Communities. The course is led and taught by some of the best youth leaders in the Grand Canyon Council; all of whom are graduates of the NYLT program and many have staffed multiple courses.


The Council uses NYLT as a comprehensive youth leadership training program that is in support of the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


Each Course Director and their staff support this by attempting to prepare each participant to become a responsible, participating citizen and youth leader in their unit who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Youth leaders and those who will be in youth leadership positions after completion of NYLT are the primary participants.  Scouts must be at least 13 years old prior to the beginning of the course.

NYLT participants should have completed Introduction. To Leadership Skills within their unit, prior to the beginning of the NYLT course.

There will be an orientation meeting prior to the course and unit leaders and parents are invited and encouraged to attend.



Course Dates and Locations:

All sessions in 2020 wil be co-ed. 

Leadership Skills

The primary goal of NYLT is to develop Scouts as leaders. To be a good leader requires the knowledge and the ability to use the right tools. At NYLT, we teach the Scouts/Venturers the skills necessary to manage group dynamics and performance. These are the same skills taught at Fortune 500 companies. The Scouts/venturers not only learn about these skills. They are placed as leaders within patrols. Here they practice these leadership skills under the guidance of an experienced staff. These leadership skills include:

  • Communicating Well

  • Finding Your Vision

  • Setting Goals

  • Preparing Plans

  • Developing Your Team

  • Solving Problems

  • Effective Teaching

  • Effective Leadership

  • Servant Leadership

  • Resolving Conflict

  • Making Ethical Decisions

  • Leading Yourself

  • Valuing People


Model Troop

Youth leaders will become a part of a Model Troop. They will be assigned to patrols based on their age and size. Patrols will be composed of Scouts from troops throughout the Council. A patrol will have no more than one Scout from a given home troop. The patrols will cook, eat, sleep, and train together. Together they will take part in many activities including an outpost hike and campout. The patrols will take turns as the Service and Program Patrol. Participants will take turns serving as Patrol Leader and participate in a daily Patrol Leader's Council.


A Quality Staff

A trained youth staff member is assigned to work with each patrol throughout the week. This Troop Guide is responsible for training the participants. Youth staff members are supported by trained adult leaders, who report to a BSA Nationally-Certified Course Director.



Campership Availability: For those who might have a financial need, an application can be submitted to the Council for consideration of campership (scholarship) funds. The form can be found on our forms page



Medical Form (Parts A, B & C)

Unit Leader Recommendation

Participant Equipment List

Resource Questionnaire

Grand Canyon Council NYLT Leadership Challenge

The “Challenge” is voluntary and is designed to help NYLT graduates put their newly learned leadership skills to work in their home units.  A vision is developed and 3 goals are established to ensure that the goals are met.  The vision and goals must be approved and a candidate has one year to complete their goals.  After completion, a special patch will be awarded to mark the accomplishment.  All current and former NYLT participants and both youth and adult staff members are encouraged to complete the challenge.

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Contact Information

(602) 955-7747
(602) 955-0570 (Fax)


2969 N Greenfield Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-7715


Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(excluding Holidays)

GCCBSA is a 501c3 organization

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