National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

July 30 - Aug 1 and Aug 6 - Aug 8 (two weekends)

at Wanzek Center for Scouting in Fargo


NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

NYLT is a seven-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.


Youth Participant Requirements

In order to attend a NYLT course, a youth must have the following qualifications by the beginning of the course:

  • Must be a registered member of a Scouting unit.
  • Must have a current BSA Health and Medical Record form parts A, B, and C.
  • Scouts BSA members (male and female) must be at least 13.
  • Must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.
  • Must have earned the First Class rank before attending NYLT.
  • Venturers and Sea Scouts (male and female) must be at least 14, or 13 and have completed eighth grade, and fall within the maximum age allowance for their program. They must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Ships. It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience. While NYLT is not an outdoor skills course, it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.
  • Have a unit leader recommendation.


Larry Martin

Course Director - Scoutmaster

I started my Scouting adventure when my son started as a Tiger Cub. I’ve served as Pack Treasurer, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster of Troop 54 in Mandan. I have also served as a Unit Commissioner and the Order of the Arrow Pa-Hin Lodge Adviser, and the Boy Scout Training Chair for District 13. I currently serve as Assistant Scoutmaster and Pa-Hin Lodge Associate Advisor. I’ve been awarded the Outstanding Scouter, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Spirit of the Porcupine and Order of the Arrow Founders Award. I’m married to Kathy have a daughter, Caitlin, who is working on her masters and doctorate in Psychology and a son, Brandon, who is an Eagle Scout. I’m a proud member of the Antelope Patrol from C1-429-11-1 and have served on three Wood Badge courses as staff.

I am excited to be Course Director for the 2021 Northern Lights Council NYLT course.


The adult staff consists of:

  • Course Scoutmaster
  • Two or more assistant Scoutmasters

 All adult leader position descriptions

The youth staff consists of:

  • Senior patrol leader
  • Asst. senior patrol leader for program
  • Asst. senior patrol leader for service
  • Troop guides

All youth leader position descriptions

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2020 NYLT Syllabus (password protected)

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