"National Youth Leadership Training"
Build Leadership Skills in a Perfect Setting
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There are three courses during 2013:
Impeesa Weeklong Course
Date: June 23-28, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM (Sunday) - 5:00 PM (Friday)
Location: Cheltenham, MD
Impeesa Weeklong Course
Date: July 14-19, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM, July 14 - 5:00 PM, July 19
Location: Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket Virginia
Impeesa Weekend Course
Date: July 26-28, 2013 and August 2-4, 2013 (2 Weekends)
Time: 1:00 PM (Friday) - 5:00 PM (Sunday)
Location: Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket Virginia
Additional Information or Questions: ImpeesaNCAC@yahoo.com
WHAT IS National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)?
The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the council-level youth leadership course provided by BSA. In order to reach the widest possible youth audience with our BSA training, NYLT is open to Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing members and Sea Scouts. This is in line with the Mission and Vision of the BSA as well as the Strategic Plan of BSA. In NCAC, the course has adopted a Baden-Powell nickname, “Impeesa” (the wolf that never sleeps), to further identify our program.
The objective of our NYLT program is to equip our young people with leadership skills to help them succeed in their Scout unit and in LIFE. Impeesa brings together Scouts from all over the Council to learn and practice the leadership techniques in a risk-free, Scout-friendly environment. The Scouts learn and practice leadership skills and styles together.
NYLT is an experience designed to train the participant in team building and leadership skills, taught in an outdoor setting. The course is led by a staff of Scouts from the Council. These peer level instructors have completed the Impeesa course and an intense staff development process.
The course is presented around actual Scout events and activities. Scouts will get to SEE the Scouting program modeled and the Scouting ideals come to life as they learn and practice their leadership skills.
Impeesa is not another summer camp; it is an intense and challenging leadership experience. There is no merit badge training offered. Every game, activity, ceremony, and even each meal is designed to be part of a total training experience. Participants are treated with the respect they are due as future leaders in their units. They are expected to put forth the time and energy needed to learn and practice the leadership skills.
- To give participants the confidence and knowledge to run their unit.
Participants will be given opportunities to lead their Impeesa team.
- To give participants the most contemporary, successful, and useful leadership tools available and allow them to “experiment” with them to help them better relate these skills to their unit responsibilities.
Video presentations, movies, and practical application exercises introduce the participants to the leadership skills and tools.
- To create an atmosphere where Scouts will experience Scouting at its best.
- To enhance the relationship between the participant and his adult leader.
- To have fun! After all, it is a Scout event!
To get the most out of the Natioanal Youth Leadership Training, a Scout must be extremely comfortable in their long-term camping skills and ability to get along with other Scouts they’ve never met before. He/she should be able to readily absorb abstract concepts and be able to articulate ideas about applying those concepts in his home unit in writing. There are no absolute objective criteria to capture these traits, however, experience has shown that the following qualifications most accurately describe the successful NYLT participant.
- Be currently registered in a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or Sea Scout
- If a Boy Scout, attained at least First Class Rank
- Completed some level of unit youth leadership training (or served in a youth leadership position)
- Be at least 14 years of age (Unit leaders can request exceptions for 13y/o Scouts that are scheduled to assume Senior Patrol Leader positions.)
- Received home unit leader approval.
Organization Registration Limits
To ensure the maximum learning potential for each Scout, we set a limit of four Scouts per organization per course. This helps Scouts form into cohesive teams by reducing the distractions caused by the informal group created by home unit associations. Unit leaders may discuss exceptions with the Course Director through the contact email provided below.
Participants are expected to lead by example at the course. The only uniform which will pass the daily inspection is the BSA Official uniform for the program the Scout is registered in. Scouts are expected to arrive in proper uniform. Scouts do not need to bring a Scout hat. Participants will be issued an NYLT hat, neckerchief, and T-shirt upon arrival at camp that will be part of the uniform for the course. Each patrol will be evaluated on how its members wear their uniforms. Two uniforms are suggested, so the Scout has a change of clothes.
Medical Forms and Issues:
A completed, signed and dated copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record Part B is required for each Scout. Please turn in a copy of the medical form and NOT the original as it will not be returned at the end of camp.
The course staff will make every effort to meet the needs of Scouts with special health needs. If you have a Scout with special needs such as: ADD, ADHD, food allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, allergy injections, hemophilia, or physical handicaps, which will require assistance at camp, it is important to note this in the spaces provided on the registration form and the medical form.
Unit Vision Agreement and Workshop:
An opportunity for youth leaders to share their visions for the troop with their Adult Leaders.
The lessons of NYLT do not end on the last day of the course. Participants are challenged to apply the skills they learned to improve themselves and their unit. These lessons need to become a part of each participant's personal growth in Scouting and in his relationship with his home Scoutmaster. Each Scout develops a plan to improve their unit by recording a Vision and Goals. These are recorded on his Unit Vision Agreement (UVA). The UVA is presented to his adult leader as the starting point for discussions on how the Scout can use his leadership skills to better the unit.
The UVA Workshop may be held on the last day of each of the courses depending on the interest and availability of unit leaders to attend the session. The details of the meeting will be coordinated with each unit leader via email after registration. If there is no official session scheduled unit leaders are encouraged to work directly with the Course Director for guidance on how to continue to build the skills the youth are taught during the course. The UVA Workshop is a structured one hour meeting where each participant and his adult leader (or designee) work together on using the ideas in the UVA to help their unit. Youth and adult NYLT staff are available to help guide the Scouts and adults as they develop the UVA. Leaders attending the Workshop are invited to join their Scout at the course luncheon and the graduation ceremony. The NYLT certificate is given to the unit leaders at the UVA Workshop for presentation at a unit level awards ceremony to recognize the Scout’s work on upon completion of the UVA. The NYLT Course Director will work with unit leaders unable to attend the workshop to ensure the objectives of sharing the youth leader’s vision are met.
The course fee is $225 there is a $25 discount if the youth is registered prior to April 16, 2013. A $50 non-refundable deposit must accompany the participant application. The balance must be received in the Program Office at the Marriott Scout Service Center 30 days prior to the course start date. Registrants placed on the waiting list will take the place of any participants who have not paid in full by that date. No new registrations will be accepted after that date. Reservations are transferable within a troop for applicants who qualify.
Please make checks payable to "National Capital Area Council, BSA" , reference "NYLT 065" in the memo section of your check and mail them to: National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3897.
Refund requests will be considered, less 15% administrative costs and encumbered expenses. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the NCAC Program Office no later than 30 days following the final day of the course. Refunds will not be made to Scouts who leave camp after the first day but before the end of the course for any reason.