What is NYLT? What is its purpose?

Please see the information page of this site for a full description of the course and its purpose.

Is NYLT complete after camp?

No, NYLT is a three-part program. Phase 1 is the Scout’s life experience and Scout skills practice necessary to become a First Class Scout. Phase 2 is the course week. Phase 3 begins by each scout applying the leadership skills in his home troop after he completes the course. Each participant leaves camp with a personal challenge to achieve in his home troop or community. The home Troop Scoutmaster approves the completion of this challenge by e-mailing a short note to info@nfcnylt.org stating the Scout has completed his personal challenge and demonstrated leadership by applying the NYLT skills. At this time we will make arrangements for presentation of the Challenge Completion neckerchief at a troop meeting or Court of Honor.

Is NYLT a week at summer camp?

No. NYLT is a leadership training course in an outdoor environment. There are no rank advancement or Merit Badge opportunities during the week. The purpose of this course is to develop leadership skills that scouts will use in their home troop and throughout their lives.

Who should attend NYLT?

Scout NYLT participants must be thirteen years of age by the First Day of the Course, be in a position of leadership (Senior Patrol Leaders, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders or Scouts who will be candidates in the near future) and be First Class rank. A scout must want to attend NYLT and have the enthusiasm and desire to participate in this learning experience; participants only get as much out of it as they put in. Because NYLT requires camping skills, Scouts must have had at least one long-term camping experience.

Venture NYLT participants should be interested in attending the course and learning leadership skills to help them lead their Crews.

Who should not attend NYLT?

Scouts with significant homesickness issues or discipline problems, Scouts who have little camping experience, Scouts who have never camped without a parent in attendance, or Scouts who are generally not leaders counted on by your troop. NYLT will not “fix” your problem scouts and cannot change scouts that do not want to learn or participate. NYLT will nourish the leadership ability of the Scouts that you count on to run your troop. NYLT will not help Scouts with discipline problems or homesick problems. Scouts with discipline issues will only disrupt efforts to train other Scouts as leaders and will likely be sent home without a refund. Removal of a Scout from the program is not done lightly and is reviewed thru a multi-level process and ultimately thru the course Scoutmaster. If a Scout is removed from the program, his parents will be called and need to pick him up at camp. All of our staff members are very busy training leaders during course week and do not have time to tend to Scouts who are not mature enough to attend a week long leadership camp. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of any scout attending NYLT, please contact the Scoutmaster, Karen Jewell, at sm@nfcnylt.org.

When does registration close?

Once the course limit is reached, all other Scouts will go on a waiting list. Register soon to avoid problems as the course will most likely fill up.

What paperwork is due?

A copy of the completed & signed application including Code of Conduct; Class I and Class II medical forms; and course fee payment. PLEASE STATE ALL FOOD AND MEDICAL ALLERGIES AND HEALTH CONCERNS. The Class II medical must be completed by a physician or nurse once every 3 years. A copy of the form kept by your home troop is acceptable.

What is the cost?

The Course fee is TBA if paid on or before July 1st, 2016 or TBA thereafter.

Is there a handling charge for registration or application fee?


Is the home Scoutmaster involved?

Absolutely! NYLT is designed to enhance the Scout’s relationship with his home Scoutmaster. The home Scoutmaster coordinates and encourages the Scout's completion of his NYLT Personal Vision Challenge,– a set of goals and plans the Scout develops during the training week. The home Scoutmaster and Scout may also change the challenges as needed to meet the troop's needs. Upon a Scout’s completion of his Personal Vision Challenge, the Scoutmaster e-mails info@nfcnylt.org, stating that the Scout has completed the goals the NYLT Scoutmaster and Scout had agreed upon. Supplies allowing, the Scout will be presented with a limited edition NYLT Personal Challenge neckerchief the troop’s next Court of Honor.

How will Scouts live during NYLT?

Scouts will be placed into a patrol consisting of approximately eight Scouts from around the Council. Each patrol has its own site with its own stoves and patrol cooking equipment. Scouts will prepare their own meals as Patrols. Scouts spend five nights in the Camp’s platform tents, with 2 Scouts sharing a tent, and one on the trail in their own two-man backpacking tent. We have no trading post on camp. No candy or snacks are allowed on course. All soda machines are turned off.

What about meals and special dietary needs?

Scouts will eat 'Jamboree' style. The patrol will pick up food at the Commissary and will prepare meals in camp. The scouts will be cooking on Coleman camp stoves. Scouts with special dietary needs should indicate them on their application. We can accommodate most dietary needs but do require advanced notice.

Is any special equipment needed?

Summer An equipment list can be located here. Each scout should have 2 full scout uniforms with shorts (no long pants). Sashes are not worn. Please remove pocket-dangle patches prior to the event. Tents are provided except for the overnight hike where the participants will need to bring their own backpacking style tent.

Winter An equipment list can be located here. Each scout should have 2 full scout uniforms with shorts (no long pants). Sashes are not worn. Please remove pocket-dangle patches prior to the event. There are no tents available at Camp Echockotee. Each participant must bring their own tent and there will be an overnight backpack trip so backpacking style tents are a good idea.

Do I need a backpack?

Yes. You will be expected to carry all of your equipment to and from your campsite; a hiking backpack will be essential during the overnight hike.

How can I contact a participant?

Due to the tight schedule followed at NYLT, visitors are discouraged because of disruption to the program and the difficulty in providing make-up sessions. In case of an emergency, call the Camp Shands Ranger at (352) 475-1212 or the Camp Echokotee Ranger at (904) 250-9981. He will promptly contact the NYLT staff and we will immediately notify the Scout.

Outside Communication by Participants

All communications by participants to outside parties MUST go through an adult staff member. Any communications by participants to outside parties without permission of an adult staff member will be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct and possible expulsion from the course.

Uniform Policy

No jeans allowed. All uniform pants must be BSA approved or near enough that close inspection is required to tell the difference. This is a Code of Conduct Violation.

How can I get additional information?

E-mail us at info@nfcnylt.org.