Youth Leader Training

The BSA provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help our youth members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program. Many of the courses can be taken online. See the BSA’s National website for more information about all the youth leader courses.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) is designed to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. ILST is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training.  It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.

This troop-level training is provided by the Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader, and it should be scheduled soon after troop elections.  See the BSA’s National website for the syllabus.

Completion of ILST 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.  There are similar courses for Venturers and for Sea Scouts; see the BSA’s National website for more information.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops.  It’s the next step after ILST.  For information about upcoming courses in Southern California (Area 4), click here.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where young men enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. Scouts will expand upon team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).  See the BSA’s National website for more information.

Den Chief Training is for Boy Scouts who wish to become den chiefs.  They can take this online course as part of their training to become a den chief. The training identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks, and describes the den chief’s relationship to the adult den leaders and how that relates to the den chief’s activities with the den. After finishing the 45-minute online training, den chief candidates print their certificate of completion and undergo further training with their adult den leaders.

This training is also offered as an instructor-led all-day session held in conjunction with Powwow — a richer learning experience.  Sign up at the Powwow website.

Kodiak Challenge is designed to be an adventure that pushes the boundaries of every participant – one that will encourage you to try new things that may be out of your comfort zone. It is an experience that has its underpinnings in the application of the leadership skills they learned in the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, NYLT, and/or NAYLE. It is, as is all of Scouting, an adventure with a purpose. For information about upcoming courses in Southern California (Area 4), click here.

Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Participations is open to both registered adults and youth who are at least 13 and have completed the 8th grade.  For information about upcoming courses in Southern California (Area 4), click here.