The Youth Leadership Training Continuum: A Guide for Scout Leaders and Parents

The youth leadership training continuum is divided into three courses:

  • Troop Leadership Training (TLT) is the first course and it is conducted at the Troop or Crew level. It is designed to be run frequently in a troop or crew setting. The Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader will conduct this three-hour training whenever there are new Scouts or there has been a shift in leadership positions within the patrol or the troop.

  • ​National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the second course and it is conducted at the council level. This six-day course simulates a month in the life of a troopsually held at a council camp or other outdoor setting. It reinforces and expands upon Be-Know-Do leadership. Scouts learn a number of leadership skills and concepts summarized on the memory tips card. The youth learn about the stages of team development and how to match the most appropriate leadership style with the developmental stage of the individual or team. The course has many challenges for the youths, including its culmination where they undergo a quest for the meaning of leadership, where they then present to the entire NYLT troop.
  • National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is the third course and it is conducted at the national level.  It is an exciting new program that helps young men and Women enhance their leadership skills in one of the BSA High Adventure bases. Youth will expand upon the team building and ethical decision making skills learned in NYLT. The course uses elements of Philmont Ranger training as well as advanced search-and-rescue skills to teach leadership, teamwork, and the lessons of selfless service. It offers Youth an unforgettable backcountry wilderness experience where they live leadership and teamwork, using the core elements of NYLT to make their leadership skills intuitive. For more information, Click here

The vision of the Boy Scouts of America is to be the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.​

We strive to fulfill the following objectives:
  • Offer young people responsible fun and adventure.​​​
  • Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership.
  • Serve America's communities and families through a quality, values-based program.
The youth leadership training continuum (YLTC) plays a vital role in accomplishing this vision. It is designed to be the premier youth training currently available to our nation's youth. The YLTC course material is drawn from the best of the best of leadership courses offered in a wide variety of settings, including those taught to corporate executives. The youth who master the leadership skills offered in the BSA courses will have a great advantage that will give them a lifelong ability for success in Scouting, in their careers, in their churches, and in their personal and family lives.

The youth leader training courses are built around the slogan Be-Know-Do, which serves as the building blocks for all three courses.