Are you up to the challenge of leadership?


VAHC’s next course is being held 14-20 July, 2024 at Camp Shenandoah. Fee for the course is $350, and requires a $75 deposit. Full payment is due 30 days prior to the event start.

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What is National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)?

NYLT centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO.  The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership. All while having fun, enjoying new experiences and making new friends.

This course is designed to model a month in the life of a youth-lead troop – three troop meetings (one each day for the first three days), all leading up to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp).  The course uses the patrol method and presents a model troop, Patrol Leader Council and patrol meetings.  Participants must be at least 13 years old, First Class [for ScoutsBSA] and have their Scoutmaster or Venture Crew Adviser approval.  We strongly encourage participants to have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Crews (ILSC) at their units.

What are the skills being taught?

  • Communicating Well (Effective Communications)
  • Finding Your Vision (Team and Personal Vision)
  • Setting Your Goals
  • Preparing Your Plans
  • Forming Your Team
  • Problem Solving
  • Leading EDGE
  • Teaching EDGE
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • Making Ethical Decisions
  • Leading Yourself
  • Valuing People

Your 2024 Course Director

The 2024 Course director is Elizabeth Coogan-Golden. She started her career in Scouting in 2007 as a committee member with Troop 30, later moving to handle the Advancement Chair and Accounting roles there. She completed her Wood Badge in 2011, and served as a Troop guide for both 2013 and 2019 courses. She’s staffed every NYLT since 2012, and was the Scoutmaster for Troop 73 from 2018-2020.