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Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council

Youth Leadership Training Programs

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops: A one-day workshop conducted by the Scoutmaster for youth leaders and offered at the troop level. More information is available online at opens in a new windowyouth training.

National Youth Leadership Training: The  opens in a new windowNational Youth Leadership Training Course is an intense weeklong youth-oriented leadership training experience held annually at Tahosa High Adventure Base near Ward, Colorado. Each week, training is conducted by highly qualified youth staff under the supervision of adult advisors using a National Youth Leadership Training syllabus, as published by the  opens in a new windowNational Council, Boy Scouts of America. The DAC offers five sessions. To register as a NYLT youth or adult staff member, visit:  opens in a new windowNational Youth Leadership Training  

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience:  opens in a new windowNational Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where young participants enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont Backcountry. Scouts will expand upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE uses elements of the Philmont ranger training as well as advanced search and rescue skills to teach leadership, teamwork, and the lessons of selfless service. NAYLE offers Scouts an unforgettable backcountry wilderness experience where they live leadership and teamwork, using the core elements of NYLT to make their leadership skills intuitive. 

Sea Scouts Crew Officers’ Seminar: This training experience is conducted by the Crew Advisor or Ship Skipper to orient newly elected youth officers, plan programs, and develop the annual crew activity schedule. Offered at the Unit level. More information is available online at opens in a new windowyouth training.

Venturing Leadership Skills Course: This online training course teaches leadership skills to the entire crew. Completion of this course is a requirement for a youth earning the Silver Award. For more information contact staff advisor, Dave Whitner

Venturing Crew Orientation Course: Venturing is a program where high-school age youth take a lead role in organizing and implementing their own high adventure activities. This multimedia program covers specific leadership skills in program planning, money-earning, and running effective committees. This presentation should be the first step in training effective crew leadership. Venturing Crew Orientation Online. For more information contact staff advisor, Dave Whitner

Den Chief Training: The Den Chief who completes this program will be better able to function in the position. This training provides the Den Chief with ideas for carrying out the responsibilities successfully. Offered primarily at the troop and unit level. 

National Leadership Seminar (Order of the Arrow): The National Leadership Seminar is a weekend conference focusing primarily on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their service to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. Youth participants must be at least 15 years of age or a lodge officer. Offered at the Region level. For more information contact staff advisor, Cameron Ackley.