Additional Training Opportunities

Leadership & Development

National Youth Leadership Training–NYLT–is a weeek-long, comprehensive leadership training for Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts age 13 and up after they’ve earned a minimum rank. This training is led by youth staff and adult advisers and is based entirely on the Patrol Method. The Scouts will engage in learning, teaching, and activities during their week at Camp Decorah.

The Trainer’s EDGE course will introduce the participant to the EDGE Method of instruction used in Scouting: Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable. This training is suitable for Scouts and Adult Leaders, and is taught by the NYLT Staff each year. Contact NYLT Course Director Jon with questions.

Train the Trainer
T3–Train the Trainer–is a course for those desiring better training skills to bring to their home unit. Anyone interested in joining the District Training Committees must complete this training event. This event is currently not scheduled, if you’re interested in a T3 course, please email Council Training Chair Lisa.

The pinnacle of a Scouter’s training is to complete the Woodbadge course. This course will go beyond every other session held to dive into the world of being a Scout again! Participants live the Patrol Method during their sessions and will work with their patrol members to complete tasks at the event as well as up to one year after. This training requires commitments outside of its two weekends, as each participant will create Tickets to better Scouting in their unit, District, or Council. Questions can be directed to the Staff Advisor, Clark.

Backcountry Readiness

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is required in a unit participating in backcountry or high adventure activities. A Scoutmaster, Assistant, or responsible Scout must have a current certification. This includes the National High Adventure Bases and any campout longer than 72 hours or more than 30 minutes from medical responders. WFA is a two-day course and requires previous certification in CPR/AED. April 29-30, 2017.

Tread Lightly and LNT teach participants to properly minimize impacts when travelling in the backcountry. Topics include choosing minimal impact campsites, avoiding campfires, and lessening impacts of hiking. For Scouts and Adults, this training is very helpful before heading to Philmont, Norther Tier/BWCA, or other backcountry trips.

Other Trainings

Held annually on the first Saturday in November, the University of Scouting is a day-long training event for Adult leaders, parents, Charter Organization Reps, Committee members, and Scouts. Training events are planned around new programs, developing skills, answering questions, or discussing issues within the unit. A computer lab is available to learn the latest online tools available to leaders. Other courses include CPR/AED certification, Eagle Scout Board of Review Committee training, Life-to-Eagle workshops, and many more. Download and print the Registration Form. The list is only limited to your imagination, if you have a topic you’d like to see at a future UoS, email Council Training Chair Lisa.

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is adjacent to the ranch in Northeastern New Mexico. Trainings are offered nearly year-round in a wide variety of topics. Led by National Staff, Philmont Staff, or other volunteers, these trainings bring together the brightest minds in Scouting to the place where Scouting is meant to be. Family programs are available to keep youngsters busy while you’re training, and families are encouraged to attend in whole. The Philmont Training Center is operated by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.