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Introduction to Leadership Skills Course

The First Steps in the Youth Leadership Continuum

The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and Intro to Leadership Skills for Crews is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Boy or Venture Scouts in leadership positions within their Unit understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, and Introduction to Leadership Skills Course for Crews, is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for is a prerequisite for Scouts 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 to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek.

Leadership is a vital part of the Scouting program. Scouts in positions of leadership run the Unit. They take care of the many tasks necessary for unit meetings and activities to run smoothly. By accepting the responsibilities of leadership, Scouts are preparing themselves to be leaders throughout their lives. Opportunities to develop leadership skills are every bit as important, if not more important, to Scouting in general as any recognition or advancement program. Scouting offers young people a rich and varied arena in which to learn and use leadership skills. It is also a way to keep Scouts interested and involved—keeps them busy, organized, and trained, and gives them opportunities to lead.

Among the activities encountered by a troop's leaders are:

  • Organizing the unit
  • Planning and organizing activities and meetings
  • Assigning duties to others
  • Planning menus and figuring out food costs
  • Encouraging advancement
  • Guiding a unit's involvement in problem-solving
  • Teaching outdoor, sports, or craft skills
  • Ensuring the unit's safety during meetings and outings
  • Handling the unit's finances
  • Helping other Scouts make the most of their own leadership opportunities
  • Encouraging participation

The badge of office presented to a Scout who is accepting a position of leadership does not automatically make him or her a good leader.

Youth Leadership Training Continuum
As part of the Youth Training Continuum, Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops provides the core unit-level leadership skills every Scout leader should know. This is followed by the National Youth Leadership Training course (NYLT Pahuk Pride), which expands on the skills learned in Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops and provides Scouts with more advanced leadership skills and experience during a six-day course delivered in an outdoor setting. The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program that allows NYLT graduates to enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. NAYLE offers Scouts an unforgettable wilderness experience as they use leadership and team-building skills to resolve exciting and challenging backcountry situations. Last, the Kodiak Challenge offers Scouts an opportunity to reinforce their leadership skills on an exciting trek adventure. Scouts may participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek after they have completed any of these three trainings, but the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is required.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews 
The Youth Leadership Training Continuum, A Guide for Leaders 


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