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NYLT StaffNational Youth Leadership Training Staff at Big Horn

National Youth Leadership Training (aka NYLT - lovingly known in Colorado as "Big Horn") is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide all 13 to 20 year old youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Leadership, fun, challenge, adventure - NYLT offers all of those and much more.

Every NYLT at Big Horn course operates according to Scouting ideals – those of Scouts BSA and Venturing. Each participant and staff member is welcomed, appreciated, and valued. Each year we select the "best of the best" from the Denver Area Council to be NYLT Staff. Are you up for the challenge?


Leadership Positions

Complete this form to be considered for a youth staff position for the 2019 season. Registrants will be part of the pool of candidates used to build the 2019 leadership team. Application does not guarantee a position on NYLT staff. Additional forms and fees will be required for those selected, including a $50 per-person charge to partially cover meal expenses.

Potential Youth Staff: Click Here to complete your form.
Potential Adult Staff: Click here to complete your form.

Denver Area Council NYLT Staff Store

The store will be back online in 2019.

Health Forms

Health forms are a requirement for NYLT participants and All Youth and Adult Staff. New forms will be available in Winter 2018.


Youth Staff Application

2019 Staff Applications coming soon

Adult Staff Application

2019 Staff Applications coming soon

After Staffing NYLT, what comes next?

For scouts that have completed NYLT, there are two additional training experiences:


Staff Draft

Selection of youth staff will take place late Autumn, 2018


What happened to just "Big Horn"?

From the 2016 syllabus: "The local traditional names were phased out for 2009 courses; all courses should be known as NYLT. Joint names (i.e., Brownsea NYLT) are not to be used.". We want to emphasize that participants are taking part in a National training course, and that the course they experience here matches courses run by other Boy Scouts of America Councils anywhere in the United States. That being said, we want to respect and honor our heritage, thus we preserve the Big Horn icons, patches, council strips, and name while on course.