Venturing Youth Leadership Training

*Venturing Crew Officers' Orientation

This training module is geared primarily to Venturing youth that are elected into positions as officers within their Venturing crew, but it can also be used by adult leaders to learn the duties of the officers in the crew. This course is very useful for youth officers to fully understand their roles and responsibilities as it relates to Crew Officers Briefings and Seminars. This course will help the youth develop an annual plan of activities for the crew, as well as acquiring leadership and team-building skills.

*Personal Safety Awareness

This training deals with issues facing our young adults today. The vignette covers acquaintance rape, peer sexual harassment, stalking, suicide, and Internet safety. This cutting-edge training addresses head-on the issues facing youth.

Venturing Leadership Skills Course

The Venturing Leadership Skills Course is the first step a Venturer encounters on his or her journey toward leadership development. This course is designed to be used by Advisors to teach leadership skills to all Venturers in the crew. It has nine leadership modules that begin with an activity and follow with a reflection.


The Kodiak course combines the elements of leadership and service to others as the two key tenets of Venturing. Servant leadership is a philosophy that teaches the leader to work with and through a team to accomplish the mission. Kodiak's methods are the following: Challenging outdoor treks to use nature as a classroom (no indoor sessions). Five leadership skills, called "commissions," are taught. They can be offered over a week, or over two weekends. It uses a hands-on teaching approach with very short presentations.

Kodiak X

Kodiak X is the final step in Venturing's Nature of Leadership series, which began with learning introductory leadership skills in the Venturing Leadership Skills Course, followed by Kodiak, a much more in-depth leadership course done in conjunction with a trek or trip. Kodiak X is a weekend leadership challenge course designed to test a Venturer's leaderships skills learned in Kodiak. It is a fun and funky weekend!

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Known locally as Top Gun, National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.
NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where young men enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. Scouts will expand upon team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT).

*Indicates training is required to be considered Trained to Position and eligible to wear the "Trained" emblem.

Upcoming Trainings

Belk Scout Camp (map)
The WFA course will introduce the participant to skills necessary to handle basic first aid emergencies in a wilderness setting. The course runs Friday (6:00 – 10:00pm) and Saturday (7:30am –  7:30 pm). Participants must be present for all sessions in order to receive completion card. The course combines lecture with hands-on application of material covered in class. Successful  completion of this course certifies the participant in WFA for a period of two years and meets the ...