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bOY scOUT WEEKS 2014


Land-based and Pack & Paddle courses:

June 8-14
June 15-21
July 6-12
July 13-19

Boy Scout and Venturing Pack & Paddle:

July 20-26

Both Boy Scouts and Venturers may now attend this week.  Be sure to mark your application with this date as it is not pre-printed on some applications.

July 3 Update -- Spaces remaining for Pack and Paddle

July 13-19 = SOLD OUT
July 20-26 = 13

Only a few dozen slots remain for the land-based courses.  Don't delay with your applications!

What is NYLT?

National Youth Leadership Training is a weeklong training course that provides youth leaders with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills while living by the Scout Oath and Law in an exciting outdoor environment. Scouts who earn the NYLT shield are prepared to meet the challenges ahead and are better prepared to work with adult leaders.


NYLT Requirements:

  • Be currently registered as a member of the Boy Scouts of America who has attended long-term Boy Scout camp for a minimum of two years.
  • Be First Class rank or higher.
  • Be at least 12 years old.
  • Be a member of a troop whose Scoutmaster has completed the adult Boy Scout Leader Basic Training Course.
  • Be a current or prospective youth leader recommended by his Scoutmaster.
  • Venturing participants must meet the above requirements other than attaining First Class Rank.



Pack & Paddle

Pack & Paddle is an outpost adventure program that follows the NYLT syllabus. This exciting program is held on Nims Lake and S bar F Scout Ranch backcountry during all NYLT courses.  During Pack & Paddle, Scouts will practice low-impact camping, learn how to use a compass, develop leadership skills, hike, and canoe.


Pack & Paddle Requirements:

  • Meet all NYLT requirements above.
  • Be 14 years of age by the camp date.
  • Be able to pass the BSA swim test.  (Swim 100 yards using strong strokes.)

Scouts must be able to pack all equipment in their packs including food, crew gear, shelter, and personal items. Take into consideration that this is a strenuous course when selecting equipment.


To sign up for Pack & Paddle NYLT, complete the NYLT application and check the appropriate area.  Space is limited to 24 scouts per course.

Registration and fee information

The is $275 per person. Fees are refundable up to 30 days prior to the course registered.  After that date, program supplies have already been purchased for your attendance and are non-refundable.

Ready to go?  Download one of the applications below and register today.

NYLT Boy Scout Participant Application 2014.pdf
NYLT Venturing Participant Application 2014.pdf


Why is there a two-year camp attendance requirement prior to NYLT participation?
The course demands a high level of maturity and familiarity with the camp program.  In order for an individual and the rest of the group to gain the most from the experience, everyone must possess a basic knowledge of Scouting and camping experience.

Can my Scout or Venturer arrive late or depart early?
No.  NYLT runs from 11:30a.m. Sunday until 1:00p.m. Saturday each week.  Because the course follows a strict curriculum and timeline mandated by the national BSA organization, there are no opportunities to make up missed requirements.

Does my Scout or Venturer really need to wear their uniform the entire week?
Yes.  Other than sleeping or swimming, the uniform for the week is the official BSA uniform -- shirt, shorts, socks, and belt.  The NYLT t-shirt is the activity uniform for the week.  Two t-shirts are provided.  Additional t-shirts may be purchased at the time an application is submitted or when checking in at camp for $10 each.
A neckerchief will be provided.  There is no need to bring other neckerchiefs, merit badge sashes, OA sashes, or other accessories to the course.  Borrowing uniform parts from other members of your troop or crew is welcomed.

How are medications handled?
An adult leader will collect prescription medications Sunday during check-in.  That leader is responsible for dispensing that medication at the required times.  A log book is kept with all instructions and distributions.  All medications will be kept in a locked box, except for an epipin or another item that may needed to be kept with a Scout or Venturer in case of emergency.  Provisions can be made to store medication that needs to be refridgerated.  Parents are invited to visit with their child's leader to discuss medication concerns.

My child has dietary restrictions  What can I do?
The council works with our food service provider on a year-round basis to provide balanced meals for all who attend camp.  The nature of camp, however, make dietary restrictions tough to manage.  While we can occassionally make substitutions, we recommend if there is any doubt to whether your child can eat an item, that you provide an alternate variety (e.g. gluten-free) or completely substitute an item altogether.  (A tentative menu is posted below.)  Please bring substitute items in a sealable tub or container with your child's name on it.  Our staff can safely store refridgerated and dry items for you.  The staff is informed on dietary restrictions and preventing cross contamination, but you are invited to discuss these matters at check-in Sunday.  If you have specific questions or concerns, you may contact Mike Zolezzi, Council NYLT Staff Advisor, at the Scout Office.

Are there height and weight restrictions to participate?
No.  The most recent BSA medical form suggests restrictions for certain activities, but NYLT has no formal restrictions.  Keep in mind that NYLT is an outdoor experience that will occur in hot weather with a fair amount of hiking.  Participants in the Pack and Paddle program will hike, canoe, and backpack much of the week and require better physical condition than the campsite-based NYLT sessions.


NYLT Equipment List non-Pack and Paddle 2014.pdf

NYLT Pack and Paddle Equipment List 2014.pdf
NYLT Parent Permission Slip Medications.pdf

NYLT Menu Tentative 2014.pdf