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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 program promises a number of subjective outcomes focusing on an individual's perspective, opinion, and feelings, including "growing self-awareness, growing self-confidence, growing creativity, the happiness from helping others succeed, understanding that everyone is a leader, everyone in the group contributes in a significant way to team success, knowing leadership is a way of life."

The program's goals are to:

  • Encourage others to a life of leadership service
  • Act as a servant leader who shares the skills of NYLT and helps develop other leaders through their enhanced understanding of the material
  • Intuitively use the leadership skills in all aspects of their lives
  • Be an advocate for TLT and NYLT in their local environment
  • Use positive reinforcement to help others do their best

NAYLE is designed to equip participants with the skills to return to their local council and serve as staff on their local NYLT course, as summer camp staff, and as better troop leaders. NAYLE is designed to teach participants servant leadership skills in Scouting and for later life so they can "lead for the good of others."

Requirements for attending the program have been loosened since 2008. Attendees formerly had to be approved by their Council Executive, and now must meet only these qualifications: 

  • Be a graduate of their home unit's leadership training program (either Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or its Venturing equivalent, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews and have completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).
  • Be in good physical condition (Parts A, B, C, and D of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record is required).
  • Be at least 14 years of age by the first day of the program (and less than 20 years old).
  • Currently hold a leadership position in their home unit.