National Youth Leadership Training
Introduction to Leadership Skills (ILST/ILSC)
The purpose of the course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Scouts in leadership positions within their unit understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. ILST/ILSC is the first course in the series of leadership training. Completion of the course is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts 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 to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
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Note: We can no longer accept youth younger than age 14 by course start date.
National Youth Leadership Training is an intense six-day outdoor experience for Boy Scout Troop youth leaders. The course is conducted by a trained staff of youth and adult leaders from around the Northeast Illinois Council. The training course is based on the syllabus provided by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
NYLT Course Overview
The course models a month in the life of a Troop or Crew - three meetings (one each day for the first three days). The course uses the patrol method and presents model Youth Leader Council meetings.
The NYLT Teams are challenged early in the week to present their "Quest for the Meaning of Leadership" at the end of the week While the challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development, it will help Scouts internalize the leadership skills and concepts being presented to them along the way.
Throughout the course, the staff will be modeling the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of each session is not only gaining knowledge, but giving Scouts a "Toolbox of Skills" that equips them with the knowledge of leadership
The course begins with teams finding their team vision and ends with each individual Scout refining a personal vision of how to take the skills back to the home unit and communicate what has been learned. The course aligns youth expectations with what adults learn from the current Wood Badge course.