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The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is offered originally by the Philmont Training Center of the Boy Scouts of America and is now offered as regional courses. It is a week-long, high-adventure, backcountry leadership development experience for boys and girls 14–20 years old. This training is an element of the Youth Leadership Training Continuum.

NAYLE is intended for graduates of National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). It includes more experiences in team building and ethical decision making. The wilderness-based, challenging program based at Rocky Mountain Scout Camp and now regional camps such as Onteora Scout Reservation in Livingston Manor, NY, incorporates some portions of the Philmont Ranger Training and advanced search and rescue training as a means to teach leadership, teamwork and servant leadership. This training is an element of the overall leadership training program.

The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course is to teach crew members with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Venturers in leadership positions within their crew understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Venturers and is a replacement for the Venturing Leadership Skills Course. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews is a prerequisite for Venturers to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required for Kodiak.

Leadership Skills for Crews Facilitator Guide

The 2015 guide for ILSC available on our BookShelves


The Kodiak course combines the elements of leadership and service to others as the two key tenets of Venturing. Servant leadership is a philosophy that teaches the leader to work with and through a team to accomplish the mission.
Kodiak's methods are the following: Challenging outdoor treks to use nature as a classroom (no indoor sessions). Five leadership skills, called "commissions," are taught. They can be offered over a week, or over two weekends. It uses a hands-on teaching approach with very short presentations.

Great Medicine, the National Youth Leadership Training Conference, is a two-weekend training for youth leaders developed by the Boy Scouts of America and offered by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council. The conference is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide youth with 21st century leadership skills and experiences they can use in their home troops, crews and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.