The Age of Training
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Coming July 2016
July 23 -28, 2016
Dear Scout Leader,
As you know, training the youth leaders of a Boy Scout troop or Venture Crew is important in helping the individual Scout, the Troop or Crew grow. The Boy Scouts of America has an exciting weeklong training experience that has proven very valuable in the training of youth leaders – National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). The Allohak Council will offer NYLT in 2016 and your nominated Scouts are invited to participate. The goal of the Conference is to offer the participants the Leadership and Scouting skills necessary to be effective leaders in their troops and crews, while helping them experience the fun and challenge of Scouting at its best. During the Conference the participants will be members of Training Troop 1 and will be split into patrols. Crew members will be instructed as to how a troop is organized and how this relates to a Crew’s organization. NYLT is run in a troop setting, utilizing the patrol method, and simulates a one month program of a troop, complete with troop meetings and an overnighter. Each patrol is assigned a Troop Guide (youth staff member) to help them.
To attend, a Scout must be at least First Class in rank, 13 years of age by the start of the course, currently filling a leadership position in the troop and be nominated by his SM. Venture Scouts must have attended a Venture Leadership Skills Course. Two years of summer camp experience is helpful as well. In discussing NYLT, The Scoutmaster Handbook recommends, “This should be a ‘must’ for the senior patrol leader.” The Conference is also endorsed in Scouting magazine, and in the Scoutmaster’s Junior Leader Training Kit. We suggest that you discuss the Conference with the members of your Troop Committee or Venture leadership and the patrol leaders’ council as soon as possible.
The Conference will be conducted in a camp setting so it is very important that the Scout have skills in hiking, camping, and cooking.
Jeremy Starkey will be serving as Conference Course Director. He has started assembling an excellent staff of experienced youth and adult leaders to serve as the Conference faculty. Enclosed is a copy of the nomination form for the Scout Leader to fill out and turn in to Allohak Council. Please note that the course has a limited enrollment of 48 Scouts, so please register as soon as possible. Registration will open April 1, 2016.
This is a great opportunity for the Scouts, Troops and Crews of our Council. We think this program will make a positive difference in the lives of the Scouts who participate. To the Scouts who attend, “The Furnace”is “Fun”, “Challenging”, “Adventure”, “Camping”, “Excitement”, “Learning Leadership”, “Making New Friends”, and “Gaining New Skills”.
Scoutcraft & Outdoor Skills
Participating youth leaders will learn advanced pioneering, creative ecology, specialty cooking, GPS and many other outdoor skills. The patrols will go on an overnight backpacking trip. Plus they will learn how to make these things happen back home in their troop.
Meetings and Activities
Your youth leaders will see and participate in model troop, patrol and patrol leader council meetings. They will learn how these relate to crew organization. The Scouts will learn how to use games and contests to make Scouting more fun. They will learn new skills, songs and ways to make their troop and patrol campfires sparkle. They’ll see how to make Scouting an adventure at every meeting and outing.
Learning from Others
The Conference creates opportunities for your youth leaders to share ideas with other young men and women from all over the Council. They will share what is cool about their troops, patrols and crews, interact between Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, learn how others do things and bring new ideas home with them.
One of the biggest challenges of a Scoutmaster or Crew Leader is in developing youth leaders. This course will provide special training in the skills of leadership. It explains what they are and how they can be applied within your troop or crew to form a group, to develop its capabilities, and to help get the job done. The skills covered include: Communicating, Planning, Problem Solving, Effective Teaching, Resolving Conflict, Making Ethical Decisions, Leading Yourself, Valuing People, Finding Your Vision, and The Meaning of Leadership.
What Is The Cost?
This year to eliminate the problem of waiting until the last minute to sign up, we have instituted a pay scale with the following dates for 2016.
- April 1 – June 1 = $200
- June 1 – June 15 = $220
- June 16 – June 30 = $250
All out of council =$220 *Before June 15*
After June 30th, there will be no further applications accepted. The cut off will be 48 youth. The determination of acceptance is on a first pay, first served basis.
Uniforms and Equipment
Scouts will wear the official scout or crew uniform as well as “Scouting Casual” uniforms (Scouting related T-shirt and Scout shorts or pants) for the course. For equipment, they need to provide only their own personal camping gear. An equipment list will be sent to participants when their reservations are accepted.
The Role of the Home Scout Leader
The Conference is designed to strengthen the relationship between the youth leader and his or her Scout Leader. The Scout Leader must nominate participants. Scout Leaders are encouraged to attend the
While a lot of fun, “The Age of Training” NYLT is a highly structured training experience, which does not include individual rank advancement, merit badge work, and the regular summer camp types of programs. A variety of other challenging and exciting activities are included in the course schedule.
To gain the greatest exposure to new ideas and methods, Scouts from the same troop will be put into different patrols for the Conference. The course has limited enrollment, and the Course Director has the final decision on who attends.
We look forward to hearing from your unit! PLEASE REMEMBER TO REGISTER FOR NYLT STARTING April 1, 2016!
Jeremy Starkey SM
To register online click here.
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To view/print a PDf version of the registration form click here.