National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience

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National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience
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Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Founded 2006
Website
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The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is offered originally by the Philmont Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America and is now offered as reigonal courses. It is a week-long, high-adventure, backcountry leadership development experience for boys and girls 14–20 years old. This training is an element of the Youth Leadership Training Continuum.

Program content[edit]

NAYLE is intended for graduates of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). It includes more experiences in team building and ethical decision making. The wilderness-based, challenging program based at Rayado Leadership Mesa[1] and now regional camps such as Onteora Scout Reservation in Livingston Manor, NY, incorporates some portions of the Philmont Ranger Training and advanced search and rescue training as a means to teach leadership, teamwork and servant leadership. This training is an element of the overall leadership training program.

NAYLE replaces the National Youth Leader Instructor Camp (NYLIC), which itself replaced the previous National Junior Leader Instructor Camp (NJLIC).[2][3] Unlike NYLIC, NAYLE is not intended to specifically train youth staff for local NYLT courses.

Program goals[edit]

The program promises a number of subjective outcomes focusing on an individual's perspective, opinion, and feelings, including "growing self-awareness, growing self-confidence, growing creativity, the happiness from helping others succeed, understanding that everyone is a leader, everyone in the group contributes in a significant way to team success, knowing leadership is a way of life."[4]

The program's goals are to:[5]

  • Encourage others to a life of leadership service
  • Act as a servant leader who shares the skills of NYLT and helps develop other leaders through their enhanced understanding of the material
  • Intuitively use the leadership skills in all aspects of their lives
  • Be an advocate for TLT and NYLT in their local environment
  • Use positive reinforcement to help others do their best

NAYLE is designed to equip participants with the skills to return to their local council and serve as staff on their local NYLT course, as summer camp staff, and as better troop leaders. NAYLE is designed to teach participants servant leadership skills in Scouting and for later life so they can "lead for the good of others."[6]

Program activities[edit]

During the week-long backcountry experience, participants are challenged with various activities linked to the skills of leadership defined in NYLT:[4][6]

Activity Purpose Leadership Skill
Project COPE Team development Valuing people, leadership behaviors
Wilderness first aid Learn advanced skills for later application in search and rescue Planning, communication, problem solving
Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geocaching Learn advanced outdoor skills for application throughout the course Teaching EDGE (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable), conflict resolution, problem solving
Search and rescue Learn advanced outdoor skills for application throughout the course Teaching EDGE, communication, problem solving
Leave No Trace Learn advanced outdoor skills for application throughout the course Ethical decision making
Conservation Give back to Philmont through service Teaching EDGE, servant leadership
Philmont history Understand the value of a legacy Servant leadership

Requirements[edit]

Requirements for attending the program have been loosened since 2008. Attendees formerly had to be approved by their Council Executive,[5] and now must meet only these qualifications:[7]

In 2010, program attendance was opened to females. A NYLT to NAYLE bridge course will be available during the first quarter of 2010 for Venturing youth who have not been able to take NYLT.[4] Venture crew members must take either NYLT or a new “Bridge course” to help Venture Crew members who have not yet attended NYLT.[9]

The cost of the program in 2012 is $355, up from was $285 in 2008. With the added cost of traveling to the course location at Philmont Training Center, and given that only six sessions are offered in 2012,[10] attendance is necessarily restricted to at most a few hundred youth out of the many thousands who previously completed National Youth Leadership Training.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Philmont Training Center". Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Boy Scouts of America (January–February 2006). "Scouting Magazine: Philmont Begins New Boy Scout Leadership Course". Retrieved August 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ Lew Orans (January 1, 2000). "National Junior Leader Instructor Camp (NJLIC)". Retrieved August 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d "About NAYLE". Philmont Training Center, Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "About NAYLE". Philmont Training Center, Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved August 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "The Key to Ultimate Leadership". Philmont Training Center, Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved August 13, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Philmont Training Center Slide show Notes". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ "What’s New in Leadership Development?". Irving, Texas: Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ America, Boy Scouts of (2008). "NAYLE Calendar 2008".