Preparing for NYLT


NYLT Dragon Tails ActivityNational Youth Leadership Training is special. It’s not a week of summer camp; it is not free time; it is not an opportunity to earn merit badges; and it is definitely not a vacation! It will challenge and reward you—but you must Be Prepared to be successful!

NYLT assumes that all those attending have mastered basic camping skills. All participants should be familiar with the outdoor camping skills expected of a First Class Scout, including outdoor cooking, knot tying/lashing, campsite set-up, etc. Participants will camp as patrols/teams at designated sites at Scoutland, in platform tents with cots; NYLT also includes a backpacking overnight camping experience.

Patrols will cook meals on Coleman stoves, with food and equipment provided by NYLT. Scouts with special dietary needs should communicate those well in advance to the NYLT staff, so that accommodations can be made.

Participants will receive an NYLT hat and t-shirt, as well as an NYLT water bottle. Participants must have at least one complete and correct Boy Scout field uniform (“class A”); limited laundry facilities will be available. Venturers must wear the complete and correct official Venturing uniform (green shirt and gray official shorts/pants) – even if your Venturing crew does not use that uniform, you must have it for NYLT.

What to Bring?

The NYLT packing list will be updated prior to each course.  The updated list will be online and will be sent to participants who are selected for the course. Please be sure you can carry all your own gear. Place your name on all belongings, and follow this list exactly.


Note: Scouts should not bring electronics such as cell phones, MP3 players, electronic games, laptops, etc. (Cameras are acceptable.) Participants will have limited access to communication and will not be able to call home etc. except in case of emergency via one of the adult staff. Scouts should not bring junk food, extra snacks, weapons, fireworks, drugs/alcohol/tobacco, or any other unsafe, illegal, stupid or unScoutlike things.

A current and complete BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, Parts A, B and C valid thru the end of the course, must be provided for each participant no later than check-in. If possible, provide a copy of this form when you send in your registration to the council.

Click here for the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record

Any significant health or medical restrictions that require program modification or accommodation should be communicated to the adult NYLT staff well in advance for consideration.