NOTE: We are developing our Sept. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018 calendar. Event dates are subject to change.

Bay-Lakes Council, BSATrainingNational Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

NYLT Promo Video

National Youth Leadership Training is an intensive week long Leadership Training Course for Venturers, and Boy Scouts who are 13 years of age and older and are of 1st Class rank and above. This course which has been called "Wood Badge for youth" is a life changing experience for many. While participants will be equipped to provide enthusiastic and competent leadership for their Troop or Crew in the context of the Patrol Method, they will also gain leadership skills and experiences which will prove valuable throughout the rest of their lives.

Either Parents, Crew Advisors, or Scoutmasters may register qualifying Scouts or Venturers, but all youth participants who attend must have prior approval from their Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor due to the intensive nature of the Course. In 2017, two options will be offered.

The Traditional NYLT course will be held June 18-24, 2017. This is the very popular and well developed traditional course, with participants living and working together in traditional BSA Patrol campsites. Cost for this course is $260.00 and will include round trip bus transportation to and from selected locations.

The Pack and Paddle NYLT course will be held July 8-16, 2017 This course features the same Nationally produced NYLT training syllabus and coursework, but utilizes as an instructional vehicle, the challenges of completing a canoeing and backpacking wilderness trek in the backcountry of Camp Hiawatha, and the Hiawatha National Forest. Participants must come equipped to backpack and canoe to primitive campsites each night, live and work in a more challenging environment, and must have already passed their BSA Swimmer's test for the summer of 2017 or be able to pass it upon arrival. They should be cautioned not to expect a Philmont or Boundary Waters type High Adventure experience, but rather a formal Leadership Training Course with a wilderness and High Adventure flavor. In addition to the leadership skills taught by the NYLT curriculum, participants will learn to apply them in a high adventure trek environment and pick up a few wilderness skills in the process. This course is a couple of days longer than the traditional course and the cost is $300.00 per participant.

Warning: NYLT courses have historically filled up quickly, so be prepared to enroll as soon as registration opens in early to mid-December. The traditional course is limited to 84 participants and the Pack Paddle version will be limited to 36 participants.

For more information on each of the courses, contact the Course Directors below by phone or e-mail.

To register click on the following links:

NYLT: Traditional Course

NYLT: Pack and Paddle Course


Traditional NYLT Course Director        Pack and Paddle NYLT Course Director
Jeff Iding                                                   Jay Van Zeeland
(262) 623-7705                                           (920) 662-0625           


2555 Northern Rd.
P.O. Box 267
Appleton, WI 54914

phone: (920) 734-5705

Hours of Operation:
8:00 am - 4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Closed Sat. & Sun.


2555 Northern Rd.
Appleton, WI 54914
phone: (920) 831-9504

Hours of Operation:
9:00 am - 6:00 p.m. (M-F)
10:00 am - 1:00 p.m. (Sat.)
Closed Sun.


1230 Main St.
Green Bay, WI 54302

phone: (920) 438-3999

Hours of Operation:
9:30 am - 6:00 p.m. (M-F)
10:00 am - 1:00 p.m. (Sat.)
Closed Sun.