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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.


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

  • Must be 13 years of age and have not reached their 18th birthday
  • Must be at least a First Class Scout
  • 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

2019 schedule will be published next year in January


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.