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Issue 294 – March 4, 2012

Special NAYLE Edition

Rule No. 61:

  • When called upon to speak to any group or audience, resist the urge to describe the thoughts that ran through your head before you figured out what you were actually going to say.  The three most important elements of a good speech or talk are (1) a “wake-up” opening, (2) a thoughtful close, and (3) keeping 1 and 2 as close together as possible.


Some leaders may be born, but STRONG leaders are MADE!  So let’s get going and NAIL IT at NAYLE!

NAYLE—the BSA’s premiere Philmont-based youth Leadership Training—is coming your way, so alert all your troops, crews, ships, and teams, all Scouts and Venturers, and Sea Scouts, too!



What’s “NAYLE”?

  • It’s the BSA’s National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience, begun at Philmont and again this summer on the road to BSA regions around the country!


What Do You Learn at NAYLE?

  • Encouraging others to live lives of leadership-through-service.
  • Acting as a “servant-leader” and sharing your leadership skills and group dynamics understanding to help others develop as well, in an outdoor setting.
  • Intuitively using your leadership skills in all aspects of your life.
  • Becoming an advocate for advanced leadership training back home in your local council.
  • Using what you’ve learned at NAYLE to help others become more successful.


What Can I Expect?

  • Challenging and fun group and individual activities in an outdoor setting.
  • Learnings that lead to the opportunity of changing how you lead and how you live your life!

Participants were asked how much they’d recommend NAYLE to others like them and, on a 1 (low) to 5 (high) scale, they said: 4.9!

Here are some actual quotes:

“All I can say is WOW! It was such an amazing experience with so much in one week. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone who’d like more leadership skills.”

“I had the best time of my life! The…experience made it all come together and made it a once-in-a-lifetime event. This was so much fun actually using the skills and then being able to connect them back to what’s taught (back home). It will definitely help me make the best of my home course.”

The Modules

The six exciting NAYLE modules are designed for you to use your group leadership skills in realistic and challenging settings:

  • Challenging Events
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • GPS and Geocaching
  • Search and Rescue
  • Leave No Trace
  • Conservation

The Modules Focus On These Skills:

Module Purpose Leadership Skills
Challenging Events “Forming” stage of team development Valuing people, observing leadership behaviors
Wilderness First Aid Advanced skills for later application in S&R Planning, communication,
Geocaching Outdoor skills, “Storming” stage of team devel. Teaching EDGE™, conflict resolution, problem-solving
Search & Rescue Advanced outdoor skills for application throughout course Teaching EDGE™, problem solving, communication
Leave No Trace Advanced outdoor skills for application throughout course Ethics in decision-making
Conservation Give back through service Teaching EDGE™, servant leadership


What Will You Take Home…?

   We See These Outcomes:

  • Growing self-awareness  –  A daily assessment of strengths and limitations
  • The happiness that comes from helping others succeed
  • Growing creativity
  • Understanding that everyone is a leader  –  All group members make significant contributions to their team’s success
  • Knowing leadership is a way of life
  • Growing self-confidence

Are YOU Ready?

To attend NAYLE, you will…

  • Be 14 years of age by the first day of your course, but not yet 21, from Boy Scout, Varsity, Venturing and Sea Scout units.
  • Have successfully completed National Youth Leader Training or The NYLT to NAYLE Bridge.
  • Be in top physical condition: Meet the parts A, B, C and D requirements of the BSA Annual Medical form.

 Some Leaders may be born; STRONG LEADERS are MADE!


NAYLE Course Fee        

  • $355.00 per participant, includes all meals, lodging, training materials, NAYLE cap, and 2 NAYLE tee-shirts.
  • Payment in full due with registration.

To Register…

    • Dates:
      • June 17-23, 2012
      • June 24-30, 2012
      • July 7-13, 2012
      • July 22-28, 2012
      • July 29-August 4, 2012
      • August 5-11, 2012
    • Camp:    Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, NM
    • Register:
    • Dates:    July 29-August 3, 2012
    • Camp:    S-F Scout Ranch, Knob Lick, MO, St. Louis Area Council (
    • Register:  Then click NAYLE link
    • Contact: Becky Fisk, Course Director,
    • Dates:    August 5-10, 2012
    • Camp:    Onteora Scout Reservation, Livingston Manor, NY,   Theodore Roosevelt Council (
    • Register:
    • Contact: John Glockner, Course Director, or [908] 928-1115


 Northeast Region NAYLE

2012 Northeast Region NAYLE Course

    • Dates:       July 10-14, 2012
    • Camp:      Tamarancho, Fairfax, Marin County, CA,   Marin Council (
    • Register:  Then click NAYLE link
    • Contact:    Mary Stevens, Course Director


Happy Scouting!


Have a question?  Facing a dilemma?  Wondering where to find a BSA policy or guideline? Write to Please include your name and council.  (If you’d prefer to be anonymous, if published, let me know and that’s what we’ll do.)

 [No. 294 – 3/4/2012 – Copyright © Andy McCommish 2012]



About AskAndy

Andy is a Board Member of the U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.

Andy has just received notification by his council Scout Executive that he is to be recognized as a National Distinguished Eagle Scout. He is currently serving as a Unit Commissioner and his council's International Representative. He has previously served in a number of other Scouting roles including Assistant Council Commissioner, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Den Leader, and--as a Scout--Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. His awards include: Kashafa Iraqi Scouting Service Award, Distinguished Commissioner, Doctor of Commissioner Science, International Scouter Award, District Award of Merit (2), Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Scouter's Key (3), Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award, Cliff Dochterman Rotarian Scouter Award, James E. West Fellow (2), Wood Badge & Sea Badge, and Eagle Scout & Explorer Silver Award.

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