We believe that every Scout deserves a trained leader. We want to make sure that you understand how Scouting works and that you’re properly equipped to deliver a fun and fulfilling program to our youth. The Scouting America provides a wealth of training opportunities at every level of Scouting. Whether you’re a first-time Cub leader or a high adventure veteran, there’s a training course for you. Continual learning is a key to the success of our programs.


Wood Badge is the premiere adult leadership development course offered by the BSA. The ultimate purpose of Wood Badge is to help adult leaders deliver the highest quality Scouting program to young people to help them achieve their fullest potential.

Wood Badge is open to registered volunteers and professionals in Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing. It focuses not on Scouting skills, but on leadership skills, taught in Scouting settings, that are transferable to every aspect of your life.

There are two weekends: the first weekend is September 13-15, 2024 (Friday – Sunday) and the second weekend is October 5-6, 2024 (Saturday – Sunday).

Attendance is required on all days.


For more information and to register, follow the link below.

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Gilwell Gazette

Learn more about Wood Badge by reading this special edition of the Gilwell Gazette, the official newsletter for the Wood Badge course.

Gilwell Gazette


Contact Karen Smith via email here.


National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.


NYLT is not like summer camp and is not designed for rank advancement or earning merit badges. NYLT is an intense and challenging hands-on leadership training program. It is essential that NYLT participants be physically, emotionally, and mentally prepared to handle the demands of this advanced training. In order to get the most benefit from this unique experience, participants must exhibit emotional maturity, a positive attitude, proficiency in basic camping and outdoor cooking, and have an ambition to serve in leadership roles.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.


Scouts who have completed their unit’s introduction to leadership course, have been practicing these skills, and are ready for the next level of training should attend NYLT once they meet all Eligibility Requirements.



  • Be registered as a member of a Scouting Unit
  • Have current BSA Health and Medical Records (Forms A, B, and C)
  • Be at least 13 years old
  • Have attained the Scouting rank of First Class
  • Be recommended by their Unit Leader
  • Behavior at NYLT: Participants agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the Scout Oath and Law.

* Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), Crews (ILSC), and Ships (ILSS) should be offered through a Scout’s home unit. Ask your Unit Leader how you can participate in this course.

Additional Details:

The NYLT course is limited to a total of 112 participants. Because we always have more applicants than we can take, we will only be able to accept the first 112 applicants who are fully paid for the course. After that, fully paid applicants will be placed on a wait-list in the order that their full payment is received. Although we almost always have a few openings come up for various reasons, we cannot predict how many people from the waitlist will be provided the opportunity to attend the course.

Be sure to download the required forms BSA Annual Health and Medical Record and Supplemental Medical Form and bring them with you to the course. These forms are available on the registration page.

Coures Dates:   June 16–21, 2024

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The cost of the course is $250 until March 15.  From March 16 -April 30, the fee will be $260.00. After April 30 the fee will increase to $270.00. Any questions about the course email Tom Labayewski Staff advisor at or Course Director Greg Tokar at

A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is required at time of registration.

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Need to know what are the requirements to be trained for your unit leadership role? Use the dropdowns below to explore more about each role and the required training to be a successful leader!

This sheet explains the training requirements for all unit-level leaders.


This course is intended to provide Cubmasters with the information and tools they need to successfully lead a Cub Scout pack. Cubmasters and assistants who complete this training and Youth Protection training are considered “trained” for both positions.


This course is intended to provide Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos den leaders with the information and tools they need to conduct successful den meetings. Den leaders who complete the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos training, along with Youth Protection training, are considered trained for their position.


The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops. Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters who complete this course, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Youth Protection Training are considered “trained” for those positions. There is no change to the My.Scouting Tools code (S24) for the course.  The Outdoor course must be taken in during a course held by a district or council.  The Outdoor course is required to be considered fully trained.


This course will provide an introduction to the responsibilities, opportunities, and resources that will ensure a successful Venturing crew leadership experience


Youth Protection training is designed to help you keep our youth safe from abuse. You will learn the Scouting America’s Youth Protection Guidelines, signs of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse. After each section of material, you will answer questions about that section’s topic. Completion is noted automatically in the BSA training records database if the module is experienced online.

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