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Developing Youth Leadership

The Boy Scout programs are, by definition - led by the youth. So developing leadership skills in our youth should be top priority!

The purpose of the courses below is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. In other words, how to be leaders and to work as a team.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)

ILST is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for the old Troop Leadership Training. Completion of ILST is a prerequisite for youth to participate in the more advanced NYLT Timberline and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE).

Course Curriculum

Troop Position Description Cards

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT Timberline)

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), commonly referred to as "Timberline" is a dynamic, week-long leadership course for youth.

This exciting, action-packed program is designed to provide youth a positive learning environment where the development of leadership skills is at the core. The skills learned are immediately put into practice through a variety of games and activities in a fun environment.

Click here for more details about this "must-do" course for all youth leaders.


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 available at Philmont and The Summit.

To register, go to http://my.scouting.org and click on the Events Registration tab.


Developing Adult Leadership

Will all know what it feels like to be a member of a team with poor leadership - and it can be quite frustrating! Acquiring the necessary leadership skills can resolve frustration for both the leader and the members of the group.

There are many training courses available to adults to help them in their position, including youth protection, skill-specific training, and position-specific training. But learning to be a leader, and continuing to improve leadership skills are vital!

The following world-class leadership courses are the solution!

Wood Badge

As the core leadership skills training course for the BSA, Wood Badge focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with groups of youth and adults. Wood Badge teaches attendees core leadership principles including:

  • Listening
  • Communicating
  • Valuing People
  • Team Development
  • Situational Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Conflict
  • and more

Wood Badge courses are taught at the council-level and may be conducted as a weeklong experience, or over two weekends.

Philmont Leadership Challenge

Philmont Leadership Challenge

The Philmont Leadership Challenge is a seven-day adult leadership training program taught at Philmont Scout Ranch. It is intended for adults who have completed Wood Badge and focuses on honing the skills taught at Wood Badge in an outdoor experiential learning environment. 

For a first-hand account of what it is like, click here for a recent 'The Boy Scout' blog article.

Akela's Council

What Is Akela's Council? This is an exciting 5 1/2 day Cub Scout Leader Training for those who want to have a better understanding about the Cub Scout Program and how to create the best possible Scouting experience for the boys and families in their packs. This fast-paced, hands-on training covers all recent changes in the Cub Scouting programm and will inspire you to want to  "Do Your Best".


1. Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America.
2. Complete Cub Scout Leader Basic Training before course.
3. Provide the completed Annual Health and Medical Record (parts A, B, and C) at check-in.