National Youth Leadership Training

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National Youth Leadership Training is operated by the Cascade Pacific Council under the direction of the council Training Committee and the Program Department. It is an exciting, action based program designed to provide youth members of the BSA with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.Successfully completing NYLT is the prerequisite for attending the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience , NAYLE, offered annually at the Philmont National Training Center. Here are some details to help you determine which of your Scouts will benefit from this experience.

What will Scouts do at NYLT?
Every day is filled with activity NYLT is a six day course where the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO is taught, demonstrated, and lived in the out of doors in a troop and patrol setting. Immediate use of new ideas is stressed in a fun atmosphere based on the principles of Scouting. Everything we do is applicable to troop leadership back home. Participants are taught by skilled Scout staff members and veteran adult leaders. The days are very full.

Who may attend? 
NYLT is open to Boy Scouts and Venturers who are at least 13 at the beginning date of the training session they enroll in and those no older than 20 at the completion date of their session. The youth must be at least First Class or Venturers who have First Class skills. They may have had some leadership experience or are potential leaders in their unit . Each scout needs to be ready and willing to attend NYLT, be self motivated, and live the Scout Oath and Law. Youth may be registered by their Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, a Unit Committee Member, or parent but must have the Unit Leader’s permission to attend. Troop’s and Venture Crews may choose to send any number of members who qualify.

When is the course offered?

There will be 2 sessions this year with one session open to both male and female Scouts. Each session is limited to 128 participants.

Session 1: June 28-July 3, 2015 Open to qualified males and females from Troops and Venture Crews
Session 2: July 6-11, 2015 Open to qualified males from Troops and Venture Crews

(Sessions 1 is a Sunday through Friday evening course and Session 2 is a Monday through Sat. evening course)



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 Where is the course offered?
All sessions are held at Camp Cooper , north of Willamina, Oregon. Maps to the camp are provided with the Scout's registration packet.

What do they need to bring?
An equipment list will be sent with the Scout's registration packet. Nothing out of the ordinary that a Scout would take camping. A current medical form must accompany the Scout on the first day of the course. The parental signature must be dated within the previous 12 months; the physician signature must be within the 12 months preceding the last day of the course.

What clothing should they bring?
Only full BSA uniforms are acceptable. This includes: long or short sleeved shirt, pants or shorts, socks, belt, and hat. A neckerchief or jeans are optional according to your home troop's tradition. Merit badge sashes and any medals may be safely left at home. Insignia are to be sewn on correctly as shown in the Scout Handbook or the latest Insignia Guide. A Scout should check the resources within the troop to borrow any item he may need.

Trading Post?
There is a trading post for souvenir shirts, hats, water bottles and other items. Bring a minimum of $35.00. Cash, Visa, Mastercard and Checks are acceptable.

Is a refund available for a Scout who is unable to attend?
BY May 1: Refund of Commitment fee ($224) only; OR all fees may be transferred to a replacement reservation from the same troop.  Requests to transfer fees to a replacement reservation must be in writing. All Refund requests must be in writing and delivered in person, by mail, fax or e-mail to the Cascade Pacific Council.  Refunds will be sent to the registered Troop Committee Chair in the first week of October. 

BETWEEN May 1 AND TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO CAMP: No refund, but all fees paid may be transferred to a replacement reservation from the same troop. 

WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF CAMP: No refund unless (1) the Scout is ill, or (2) the Scout's family has moved out of Council, or (3) there was a death or serious illness in the Scout's family.  The refund is the commitment fee ($224) only.  All fees paid may be transferred to a replacement reservation from the same troop.

Is there an orientation session for scouts, parents, and leaders?
We will hold an NYLT orientation meeting on June 6, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at a location to be determined. Some of the items covered are: the sessions’ program, schedule, camp food (and cooking it), personal expectations, medical support, and facilities. You will meet the staff and have a chance to ask us questions so everyone can have a quality experience at NYLT. Scoutmasters attending this orientation will fulfill one of the requirements for the Scoutmaster’s Key award.

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