Day-5 of Leadership Training at NYLT
This is Day-5 of the first week of our National Youth Leadership Training course. This is the day they start to put it all together. They learn the best leadership skill – how to lead themselves as they prepare to hike out to their outpost campsite.
What does it mean to lead yourself?
• We often think of a leader as the person out front. The senior patrol leader. The guide. The crew chief showing people the way.
• In leading others, we have a greater responsibility than just to ourselves.
• But before we can lead others well, we need to be able to lead ourselves.
•For now, let’s boil down leading ourselves to answering three questions:
1. Where am I now?
2. Where do I want to be?
3. How do I close the gap between where I am now and where I want to be?
Each patrol puts it all together by locating their outpost campsite and spending the night at a team. So we will have 87 participants camping out in the wilderness.
How National Youth Leadership Training works
I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this NYLT course at Camp Wolfeboro. National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.
NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program.
For More Information: Boy Scouts, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Wiki
About the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
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