About Timberline, NYLT

Timberline NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) is an exciting, engaging, outdoor, action-packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills training. BSA local councils offer NYLT under various names. Since 1976 the Utah National Parks Council has called their youth training course Timberline.

NYLT in the past has been called Junior leader Training (JLT). In 2003 and 2004, a task force of leadership experts and hundreds of Scouts in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new NYLT syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital, and meaningful training for today's Scouts.

BSA's youth leadership training has three phases tied together with a common thread.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) 

Conducted at the troop level.  Course Manual
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Conducted at the council level.

Courses offered throughout the summer.
UNPC Timberline
"A New Vision for Youth Leadership"

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 National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
Conducted at the national level.

Register a year in advance. Courses fill quickly
"Scouts 'NAYLE' the Qualities of Leadership"

Register here
  NYLT Leadership Academy
Conducted at the national level. NYLT
Leadership Academy

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Learn more by reading "The Youth Leadership Training Continuum.

What is Taught at Timberline?
The following leadership principles are taught during the training course; memory mnemonics are used and reviewed to help participants remember what they learn:
  • Vision: Creating a positive future success
  • SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely
  • Planning: What, How, When, Who
  • SSC Assessment Tool: Start, Stop, Continue
  • Teaching EDGE: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable
  • Stages of Team DevelopmentForming, 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
Each of these leadership principles will help instill in participants the values of the Scout Oath and Law.