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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 Course Coordinator 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 Scouts BSA or Venturer wishing to perfect his or her leadership skills. These will help in troop and crew life situations.

Registration is now open for 2019! Review eligibility requirements below, then scroll down for links to registration for each sesson.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Scouts BSA

  • All participants must be 14 years old or 13 years old and have completed 8th grade and have not reached their 18th birthday; there cannot be any exceptions per National Council guidelines.
  • Must be at least a First Class Scout
    • For 2019 only, an exception will be granted for girls registered in Scouts BSA to attend NYLT without first achieving the First Class rank; they must still meet age requirements and first attend Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST.) This will allow new troops to have trained youth leaders. Girls who are registered Venturers do not need to achieve the First Class rank, but must attend Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) prior to participating in NYLT.
  • 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.

Dates, Scoutmasters and Registrars for NYLT @ Big Horn 2019

Denver Area Council will run five sessions of NYLT @ Big Horn in 2019 - three in June and two in July. Click a session below to go to the registration page.

Week/Session Scoutmaster/SPL Registrar

Week 1: Sunday, June 9 - Saturday, June 15, 2019

(Two Troop Sessions)

1a Scoutmaster: Curtis Letson; SPL: AJ McDonald
1b Scoutmaster: Felicia Fernandez; SPL: Savannah Letson
Mike Gill
mike.gill564@gmail.com
303.619.4433

Week 2: Sunday, June 16 - Saturday, June 22, 2019

(Two Troop Sessions)

2a Scoutmaster: Russ Larson; SPL: Catherine Winckler
2b Scoutmaster: David Short; SPL: Clark Landry
Eric Smith
erics@edglearning.com
303.588.1616

Week 3: Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29, 2019

(Two Troop Sessions)

3a Scoutmaster: Jeff Hartig; SPL: Will Dietz
3b Scoutmaster: Duncan Shields; SPL: Brandon Bashaw
Heather Graf
week3nyltregistrar@gmail.com
303.895.9752

Week 4: Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6, 2019

(One Troop Session)

Scoutmaster: Randy Bruns; SPL: Adam Westfall Colette Kinnard
cletk2@gmail.com
303.570.9372

Week 5: Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 13, 2018

(One Troop Session)

Scoutmaster: Steve Yexley; SPL: Brian Simpson Heather Graf
nyltweek5registrar@gmail.com
303.895.9752


Staff Opportunities

Scouts who have completed an NYLT @ Big Horn course and adult Scouters are able and welcome to apply to serve on the 2019 NYLT Leadership teams. Access the staff section for more information and links to the application forms.