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NYLT StaffNational Youth Leadership Training Staff at Big Horn

National Youth Leadership Training (aka NYLT - lovingly known in Colorado as "Big Horn") is an exciting, action-packed program designed to provide all 13 to 20 year old youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home units and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Leadership, fun, challenge, adventure - NYLT offers all of those and much more.

Every NYLT at Big Horn course operates according to Scouting ideals – those of Boy Scouting and Venturing. Each participant and staff member is welcomed, appreciated, and valued. Each year we select the "best of the best" from the Denver Area Council to be NYLT Staff. Are you up for the challenge?


Leadership Positions

Selected Staff Registration

If you have been selected to staff a session of NYLT Big Horn (either youth or adult), you are asked to complete a secondary registration form for documentation purposes. Complete the form here.

Denver Area Council NYLT Staff Store

You need gear, and we've got it. New staff members will receive a "new staff uniform package" at no cost, and the package will automatically be ordered for you. All staff can purchase additional items as desired. Payment will be taken online, or is due at time of item pick up.

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Health Forms

Health forms are a requirement for NYLT participants and All Youth and Adult Staff. New forms are available as of December 27, 2017.

Please submit the completed form to the records/registrar ASM associated with your week. BSA Part A and B are due by the Janaury training session; BSA Part C & insurance card due May 1, 2018. Late submission of PART C ONLY, must be approved by the registrar.


Youth Staff Application

Youth Staff applications for Senior Patrol Leader must be completed and submitted no later than August 15, 2017.

All other youth staff members, including Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, must complete and submit your application no later than November 15, 2017.

Access the 2018 Youth Staff Application

Adult Staff Application

Adult staff must complete and submit an application no later than February 1, 2018.

Access the 2018 Adult Staff Application


After Staffing NYLT, what comes next?

For scouts that have completed NYLT, there are two additional training experiences:


Dates, Scoutmasters and Registrars for NYLT 2018

Denver Area Council will run five sessions of NYLT in 2018 - three in June and two in July.

Week/Session Scoutmaster/SPL Registrar
Week 1: Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018
(Two Troop Sessions)
1a Scoutmaster: Jim Auslen; SPL: Ryan Johnson
1b Scoutmaster: Curtis Letson; SPL: Colton Spomer
TBD
Week 2: Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 23, 2018
(Two Troop Sessions)
2a Scoutmaster: Mike McAteer; SPL: Bryan Stevenson
2b Scoutmaster: Russ Larson; SPL: Ana Stang
TBD
Week 3: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
(One Troop Session)
Scoutmaster: Mark Field; SPL: Max Goldenberg TBD
Week 4: Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 7, 2018
(One Troop Session)
Scoutmaster: Duncan Shields; SPL: Zach Wilson Celia Shields
Week 5: Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
(One Troop Session)
Scoutmaster: Steve Yexley; SPL: Morgan Krasovich TBD

Training Commitment and Dates

NYLT Staff will require a substantial commitment from everyone. You are expected to make NYLT Big Horn a priority and attend all training sessions. Please communicate with your Scoutmaster if you are unable to attend.

Staff Draft

Selection of youth staff took place on November 18, 2017. 

January Training

Training Session Who Attends? Date/Time Location
Trainer's EDGE Adult Staff January 13, 2018;
9:00am-2:00pm
Register Online - $17/person
Hamilton Scout Headquarters - Dobbins Conference Room
Staff Development All Youth and Adult Staff January 20, 2018;
9:00am-2:00pm
Hamilton Scout Headquarters

February Training

Training Session Who Attends? Date/Time Location
Trainer's EDGE - Register Youth Staff, special session February 3, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm
LOCATION CHANGE: Christ Community Covenant Church, 6757 Simms St Arvada 80003
Trainer's EDGE - Register Youth Staff, special session February 24, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm
LOCATION CHANGE: St Lukes United Methodist Church, 8817 South Boadway Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Staff Development - Week 1 Youth and Adult Staff, divided by session TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 2 Youth and Adult Staff, divided by session TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 3 Youth and Adult Staff TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 4 Youth and Adult Staff February 17, 2018 from 8am-1pm Christ Lutheran Church, 8997 South Broadway, Highlands Ranch CO
Staff Development - Week 5 Youth and Adult Staff TBD TBD

March Training

Training Session Who Attends? Date/Time Location
Staff Development - Week 1 Youth and Adult Staff, divided by session TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 2 Youth and Adult Staff, divided by session TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 3 Youth and Adult Staff TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 4 Youth and Adult Staff March 17, 2018 from 8am-1pm Christ Lutheran Church, 8997 South Broadway, Highlands Ranch CO
Staff Development - Week 5 Youth and Adult Staff TBD TBD

April Training

Training Session Who Attends? Date/Time Location
"Lock In" All Youth and Adult Staff April 20-21, 2018
Arrive Friday 5:45 – 6:00pm;
Training complete 4:00pm Saturday
Colorado Adventure Point at Hamilton Scout Headquarters (Tentative)

May Training

Training Session Who Attends? Date/Time Location
Staff Development - Week 1 Youth and Adult Staff, divided by session TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 2 Youth and Adult Staff, divided by session TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 3 Youth and Adult Staff TBD TBD
Staff Development - Week 4 Youth and Adult Staff May 19, 2018 from 8am-1pm TENTATIVE - 9203 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Staff Development - Week 5 Youth and Adult Staff TBD TBD

Parent/Participant Orientation

All Youth and Adult Staff must attend at least one session to support preparing participants for NYLT. All meetings will be held at Hamilton Scout Headquarters. Sessions are scheduled for:

  • May 22, 2018, Tuesday at 6:30pm
  • May 31, 2018, Thursday at 6:30pm
  • June 2, 2018, Saturday at 9am

Staff need to attend at least one session, though the more you can be at the better. Plan on arriving 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

What happened to just "Big Horn"?

From the 2016 syllabus: "The local traditional names were phased out for 2009 courses; all courses should be known as NYLT. Joint names (i.e., Brownsea NYLT) are not to be used.". We want to emphasize that participants are taking part in a National training course, and that the course they experience here matches courses run by other Boy Scout Councils anywhere in the United States. That being said, we want to respect and honor our heritage, thus we preserve the Big Horn icons, patches, council strips, and name while on course.