The National Youth Leadership Training program is an intensive week-long summer experience for upper-ranking scouts, venturers, and sea scouts. Each participant works through a week of indoor and outdoor challenges, with the mentoring of the highly skilled youth staff. Participants are equipped with the basic skills necessary to become leaders in their troops, crews, ships, communities, and future professions.
During the seven days, program will range from geocaching to knots instruction, sports games, realistic first aid practice, overnight backpacking trips, interpatrol competitions and campfires. Each part of the program is carefully prepared and used as a hands-on tool to teach fundamental leadership concepts. An orientation at the beginning of the week and a graduation ceremony at the end round out the experience.
Key topics are:
Vision – Goals – Planning: Creating a Positive Future Success
SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely
Planning and Problem-Solving Tool: What, How, When, Who
Assessment Tool: SSC – Start, Stop, Continue
Teaching EDGE™: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable
Stages of Team Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing
Leading EDGE™: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable
Conflict Resolution Tool:EAR – Express, Address, Resolve
Making Ethical Decisions:Right vs. Wrong, Right vs. Right, Trivial
Communication: MaSeR – Message, Sender, Receiver
Valuing People: ROPE – Reach out, Organize, Practice, Experience
Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche was Scoutmaster / Course Director of BSA North Florida Council – National Youth Leadership Training in 2010 and 2011. He has been on NFC NYLT staff since 2007 assisting or mentoring Course Directors and Youth Staff. He is currently NFC Vice President of Program and NYLT program is one of his training responsibilities.