NAYLE now offered at all 4 high-adventure bases

NAYLE is to youth leadership training what the Eagle Scout and Summit awards are to Boy Scouting and Venturing.

Each represents the pinnacle of achievement.

Now’s the time to get your Scouts and Venturers thinking about NAYLE, also known as the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience. The course is intended for youth who have completed NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) and are ready to take the next step. NAYLE participants make new friends, learn new skills and experience an epic adventure — all in an awesome location.

Speaking of: Beginning in summer 2015, NAYLE will be offered at all four national high-adventure bases. That means there’s a course within driving distance of most Scout families.

I asked the top NAYLE volunteers for the courses at Northern Tier, Philmont, Sea Base and the Summit to share details about the NAYLE courses there.

Find that information — plus general eligibility info for all four NAYLE courses — after the jump.

NAYLE eligibility requirements

Young men and young women who meet the following requirements may participate in NAYLE:

  • Have successfully completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews (ILST or ILSC) AND National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
  • Be in top physical condition; a BSA Annual Health & Medical Record Form is required
  • Be 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade — but not yet 21 (note: for Sea Base the minimum age is 14, period)
  • Hold a unit leadership position

Keep up with NAYLE news by liking the BSA’s NAYLE page on Facebook.

NAYLE at Northern Tier


Sherry McGugin (Middle Tennessee Council)

Important details

  • There are two course offerings in 2015: June 21-27 and July 5-11.
  • The fee for the six-day course is $385.
  • A payment of at least $100 is due when you register with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
  • A round-trip shuttle from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is available for $120.

Fun facts

  • Experience the pristine wilderness of the Boundary Waters as you put your NYLT skills into practice
  • Enjoy the BSA’s oldest high-adventure base camp
  • Explore the glasslike lakes, dense forests, wetlands, breathtaking sunsets and abundance of wildlife in northern Minnesota
  • Learn from Northern Tier interpreters as they share knowledge of paddling, portaging, navigation and camping in a true wilderness environment
  • Share in the historical heritage of early Voyageurs from the Rendezvous evening campfire


Learn more here

NAYLE at Philmont


Tom Giugni (Mount Diablo Silverado Council)

Important details

  • There are seven course offerings in 2015:
    • June 14-20
    • June 21-27
    • July 4-10
    • July 12-18
    • July 19-25
    • July 26-Aug.  1
    • Aug. 2-8
  • The fee for the six-day course is $395.
  • A payment of at least $100 is due when you register.

Fun facts

  • Experience Philmont at the brand-new training location: Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp
  • Practice and strengthen your NYLT leadership skills through high-adventure activities
  • Participate in an overnight hike to Pinyon Flats, a campsite dedicated for NAYLE use
  • Experience the gift of Waite Phillips and contribute to your own legacy at Philmont
  • Meet youth from all over the USA
  • Hike to the rugged Tooth of Time
  • Visit the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library


Learn more and register here

NAYLE at Sea Base


John Glockner (Patriots’ Path Council)

Important details

  • At Sea Base, the NAYLE minimum age is fourteen (14) without the “thirteen (13) and completed the eighth grade” exception.
  • The fee for the six-day course is $995, with at least $100 due at registration.
  • Dates and registration info coming soon. For an idea of what to expect in 2015 you can look at this 2014 flier (PDF).

Fun facts

  • Enjoy the excitement of living aboard a 40-foot sailboat for five days and nights
  • Broaden your NYLT leadership skills using unique ocean water-based activities
  • Learn the fundamentals of marine navigation, marine communications and large-boat sailing
  • Swim, snorkel and fish in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay
  • Visit coral reefs and underwater wrecks of sunken ships inhabited by a multitude of sea creatures
  • Participate in a sailing challenge to apply and demonstrate the skills that you have learned during the week


Learn more and watch for details here

NAYLE at the Summit


Sherri Moravec (Sam Houston Area Council)

Important details

  • 2015 will be the first year for NAYLE at the BSA’s newest national high-adventure base
  • There are two course offerings in 2015: July 12-18 and July 19-25
  • The fee for the six-day course is $395.
  • A payment of at least $100 is due when you register.

Fun facts

  • Be there for the first NAYLE course to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve
  • Use your NYLT Leadership skills while camping at the new BSA high-adventure base in West Virginia
  • Explore the Summit while learning new ways to use your NYLT toolbox
  • Be one of the first Scouts to participate in a NAYLE program at the Summit


Learn more and watch for details here

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.