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National Youth Leadership Training logoNational Youth Leadership Training at Big Horn

Be Prepared to Lead the Way

What is National Youth Leadership Training?

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

The NYLT @ Big Horn Course is leadership training experience sponsored by the Denver Area Council and held annually at Tahosa High Adventure Base near Ward, Colorado. The training is conducted by highly qualified youth staff under the supervision of adult advisors.

The course models a month in the life of a unit. The training consists of six days of Scout activities culminating in an overnight outpost camp.

For more information please contact or email Colette Kinnard, 303.570.9372 or Bill Van Horne, 303.870.4375. Additional information from Program Team Administrative Specialist JoLynne Conrad, 720.266.2143.

Who Should Attend NYLT @ Big Horn?

Any Boy Scout or Venturer wishing to perfect his or her leadership skills. These will help in troop and crew life situations.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to attend an NYLT @ Big Horn course, a youth must have the following qualifications by the beginning of the course:

Boy Scouts

  • Must be 13 years of age and have not reached their 18th birthday
  • Must be at least a First Class Scout
  • Must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
  • Must have the recommendation of their Scoutmaster

Venturer or Sea Scout

  • Must be at least 14 years old
  • Must have completed Crew Officers Orientation
  • Must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships
  • Must have the recommendation of the Crew Advisor
  • Note: It is advised that Venturers or Sea Scouts over the age of 18 should consider taking the Wood Badge Leadership Course in place of NYLT @ Big Horn.

All Participants

  • He or she must agree to spend the entire scheduled week participating in the National Youth Leadership Training Course.
  • He or she should have held a leadership position in his or her unit, if possible, or be considering a position in the near future.
  • The Scout or Venturer should be an experienced camper with good camping, hiking, and outdoor cooking skills.

All participants must submit a 2018 NYLT Participant Medical Packet. The completed packet must be mailed to the appropriate session's registrar (see below). You must have a current physical/medical form which is valid through July 15, 2018. You must have the medication section (part b) signed by a physician. Medical forms need to be submitted by May 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Please contact the registrar for your session for information on late submission of Medical Forms.

Do not mail packets to the Denver Area Council. Packets sent to DAC cannot be passed along, and instead will be destroyed. Contact the session registrar or Scoutmaster for more information.

Dates, Scoutmasters and Registrars for NYLT @ Big Horn 2018

Denver Area Council will run five sessions of NYLT @ Big Horn in 2018 - three in June and two in July.

Week/Session Scoutmaster/SPL Registrar

Week 1: Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018
Currently on Wait List

(Two Troop Sessions)

1a Scoutmaster: Jim Auslen; SPL: Ryan Johnson
1b Scoutmaster: Curtis Letson; SPL: Colton Spomer
Greg Holt
2875 S Wabash Cir
Denver, CO 80231
Week 2: Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 23, 2018
(Two Troop Sessions)

For Scouts with Special Needs: Big Horn has designated this session with Scoutmasters
and extra Assistant Scoutmasters with experience in working with
Boy and Venture Scouts with special needs.
2a Scoutmaster: Mike McAteer; SPL: Bryan Stevenson
2b Scoutmaster: Russ Larson; SPL: Ana Stang
Eric Smith
6482 S Beech Cir 437
Littleton, CO 80127
Week 3: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
(One Troop Session)
Scoutmaster: Mark Field; SPL: Max Goldenberg Laverne Poturalski
2486 Rockbridge Dr.
Highlands Ranch, Co 80129
Week 4: Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 7, 2018
(One Troop Session)
Scoutmaster: Duncan Shields; SPL: Zach Wilson Celia Shields
322 Rose Finch Cir,
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Week 5: Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
(One Troop Session)
Scoutmaster: Steve Yexley; SPL: Morgan Krasovich Barb Quartermass
P.O. Box 280042
Lakewood, CO 80228-0042

Participant Orientation

There will be three opportunities for participants and their parents/guardians to learn more about NYLT @ Big Horn, ask questions, and turn in paperwork. You only need to attend one session. All sessions will be held at Hamilton Scout Headquarters. The sessions will be held on:

  • May 22, 2018 - Tuesday at 6:30pm
  • May 31, 2018 - Thursday at 6:30pm
  • June 2, 2918 - Saturday at 9am

The Scout Shop will be open late to accommodate uniform and equipment purchases. Note: We are a "Full Uniform" program and require all participants to have official BSA Pants or Shorts and BSA Socks, appropriate for the participant's registered program.


One week in the beautiful mountains at Tahosa High Adventure Base is $335.00 per registrant.

Staff Opportunities

Scouts who have completed an NYLT @ Big Horn course and adult Scouters are able and welcome to apply to serve on the 2018 NYLT Leadership teams. Access the staff section for more information and links to the application forms.