NAYLE success stories, plus other good news from this week


We already know how valuable NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) and NAYLE (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience) can be.

Still, it’s nice to hear it from the youth who actually attend.

This story from The Columbus Telegram features interviews with three Nebraska Scouts who recently returned from training events.

“NYLT is basically the lecture part where you get trained and NAYLE is experience where you put that into action,” says one participant.

“One of the main things that was kind of one of the big focuses of the week was called Outpost. It’s a five-mile hike up a mountain and then you make camp on top,” says another. “Basically, the whole hike was its own little experience where you have to put together skills of teamwork to get through the hike without other members falling behind.”

Iowa Scouts BSA troop celebrates 100 years of history

The BSA is more than 110 years old, and some of its units have been around since almost the very beginning.

A Scouts BSA troop from Mount Vernon, Iowa, recently recognized its 100th anniversary, and took the opportunity to educate its Scouts on some of that history.

“You see young people starting around 9, 10, 11 years old, and some of them get their Eagles at 17-18,” says one of the troop’s former Scoutmasters. “You get to see them grow.”

Read more about how they celebrated the occasion in this story from KCRG ABC 8 news.

From Cub Scouts to commissioned Army officers

Three childhood friends who rose through the Scouting ranks together — from Cub Scouts to Eagle Scouts — are now taking one more significant step together: They each will be serving their country as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

“When Lowder, Pyle and Scott became Cub Scouts in El Dorado Hills back in the day they had no idea they were building bonds that would last through elementary, middle school and high school graduation … and beyond,” according to this story in the Mountain Democrat in Placerville, California.

“We did everything from racing in the derby where we made our own cars to the Rain Gutter Regatta where we built tiny sailboats and raced them,” says one of the young men.

Other adventures the three shared over the years included camping, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking and a trip to Florida Sea Base, where they experienced deep sea fishing, underwater robotics and paddle boarding.

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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.