Five of our scouts, Austin, Alex, Ross, Desmond and Landon attended NYLT last month. They all have learned how to become better leaders, had a great time and are energized to make their troop even better.
NYLT is a youth based leadership training based on the adult leadership training Woodbadge. The course is over 2 long weekends totaling 6 days in all. The course was about 50/50 classroom/practical. The staff of Old Hickory council are top notch. They had 12 adults and 10 Scouts to show our Scouts how to run a successful meeting, learn leadership skills, resolve conflicts, etc. Here is a link for more information about the program: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Resources/nylt.aspx
Old Hickory Council NYLT Staff made a couple changes to the program to make it even better. They decided to make it a theme of “Top Gun”. They also wanted to make the program more like Woodbadge and allow the scouts to “earn their wings”. The Scouts do this by giving back to the troop in some way to make it better. They write down their proposal and get it approved by “Godfather”. Back at the troop they have to discuss what they want to do with their Scoutmaster, who has to approve it as well, and sign them off on it. Once competed, “Godfather” will return to a meeting or Court of Honor to bestow the honor and present their wings.
Sorry there are no pictures of this event, yet. I am awaiting hundreds of pictures I took as the photographer for these 6 days. The camera was not mine, so I did not have any means to bring them home. Out of 2400 pictures taken, only 178 were selected!
Yours in Scouting.