The Western Los Angeles County Council is part of Area 4 of the Western Region.  On a quarterly basis Area 4 publishes an updated master schedule of all known training opportunities across Southern California.  Scouts and Scouters are welcome to attend BSA training courses an experiences in other Councils.  Below is a link to the most recently published master training schedule.

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National Youth Leadership Training

 

Wood Badge

General Information about NYLT

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Major Aims of NYLT

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING has six major aims:

  • to give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the troop program,
  • to teach and practice key leadership skills and relate these skills to the Scout’s troop responsibilities,
  • to give Scouts the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other Scouts,
  • to give each Scout a varied experience and new skills, with emphasis on the patrol method, in a fun atmosphere,
  • to create an atmosphere where Scouts will experience “Scouting at its best,” and
  • to enhance the relationship between the participant and his home troop.

Is NYLT a week at summer camp?

No. Although there is an emphasis on fun, NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING is a leadership training course in an outdoor environment. There are no rank advancement opportunities during the week. The purpose of this course is to develop leadership skills that Scouts will use in their home troop and throughout their lives.

Who should attend NYLT?

  • Youth in a position of leadership (Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader) or will be a candidate in the near future.
  • Be First Class rank before attending.
  • Must be thirteen years of age before the first day of NYLT.
  • And have the enthusiasm and desire to participate in this learning experience.

WLACC National Youth Leadership Training

Registrants must be 13 years old and First Class rank by June 18, 2017

Pricing:
$250 per Scout by 5/5/17
$275 per Scout starting 5/06/17

$100 Deposit Required, Balance Due May 31,2017

Register Now!

Course Information:
Participant Information
Equipment List
Annual Health and Medical Record and Release Forms

Map to Camp Josepho

Is any special equipment needed?

Each Scout is required to have at least one complete Scout uniform. A complete uniform includes the following; Scout shirt, Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt and Scout socks. This is sometimes known as the Class A uniform and will be worn at breakfast and dinner during the week. Most other times the Scouts will wear a uniform which consists of the NYLT T-shirt (provided on the first day of the course) along with Scout pants, Scout socks and Scout belt. One set of civilian clothes will be useful for a couple of activities during the week. More information is given after application is received. Participants will receive 2 each NYLT T-Shirt, NYLT Trained Shoulder Patch, NYLT Program Patch, and NYLT Water Bottle.

How can I get additional information?

Contact:  Jessica Pazdernik <jessapaz@aol.com>

 

Training Information

Specific information for the 2013 NYLT

What is National Youth Leadership Training?

National Youth Leadership Training is a week long outdoor experience for present and future youth troop leaders, designed to help a Scoutmaster in his responsibility to train his Scouts in being better troop leaders and in maintaining a youth-run Scouting Program. The National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Program replaces the course previously known as Junior Leader Training Conference (JLTC).

The course focuses on teaching advanced leadership skills in a team-building atmosphere based on the patrol method. Participants will be regularly challenged to accomplish activities and projects using the leadership skills taught in the course.

We set the example with a Youth-led troop as all the teaching is done by a Youth staff. Adult Staff will be present as support.

The experience and fellowship received by being with a patrol of Youth Leaders from other troops and led by a quality Youth Staff is significant for the participants. Our objective is for the participants to return to their troops with enthusiasm and ideas that will help make their job a lot easier and improve the troop’s program.

What is the curriculum?

The course models a month in the life of a troop, three meetings (one each day for the first three days) all leading up to a big outdoor experience (an overnight outpost camp).
The course uses the patrol method and presents model Patrol Leader Council meetings. Patrols are challenged early in the week to present to the troop at the end of the week their “Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.”

While the challenge is designed to have them go through the four stages of team development, it will help patrols and individual Scouts internalize the leadership skills and concepts being presented to them along the way.

Throughout the course, the staff will be modeling the concepts and skills that are the core content of the course. The focus of each session is not only knowledge but giving the youth a “Toolbox of Skills” that equips them with the “how to.”

Major Aims of NYLT

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING has six major aims:

  • to give participants the confidence and knowledge to run the troop program,
  • to teach and practice key leadership skills and relate these skills to the Scout’s troop responsibilities,
  • to give Scouts the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other Scouts,
  • to give each Scout a varied experience and new skills, with emphasis on the patrol method, in a fun atmosphere,
  • to create an atmosphere where Scouts will experience “Scouting at its best,” and
  • to enhance the relationship between the participant and his home troop.

Is NYLT a week at summer camp?

No. Although there is an emphasis on fun, NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING is a leadership training course in an outdoor environment. There are no rank advancement opportunities during the week. The purpose of this course is to develop leadership skills that Scouts will use in their home troop and throughout their lives.

Who should attend NYLT?

  • Youth in a position of leadership (Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader) or will be a candidate in the near future.
  • Be First Class rank before attending.
  • Must be thirteen years of age before the first day of NYLT.
  • And have the enthusiasm and desire to participate in this learning experience.

June 19 – June 24, 2016 at Camp Josepho
What is the NYLT Participant cost?

$250 if paid in full by May 31, 2016. $275 if paid in full after May 31, 2016. $100 deposit to be paid with application, balance due by May 31, 2016

*** Registrants must be 13 years old and First Class rank by June 19, 2016

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General Information about NYLT

2016 NYLT Flyer general information.

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2015 Area 4 Flyer general information.

NYLT Registration

Online Registration
Click here to register for NYLT Online (Doubleknot)
Check back soon for registration!

Regular Mail Registration

(Register with a paper application through the regular mail)

NYLT Participant and Staff Application Form

Mail the Application Form complete with participant, parent and Scout/Venture Leader signatures, along with the registration fee to:

Western Los Angeles County Council
16525 Sherman Way Unit C8
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Write on the check: Acct. # 1-6801-138-20
(Payable to: Boy Scouts of America-WLACC)

Note: If the Application Form is completed and submitted online, please
print a copy and bring to registration on June 19, 2016.

When does registration close?

The last day to register is June 5, 2016. After that date, Scouts may be added if space is available. Register early to ensure your acceptance to the course.

NYLT Partcipants


Participant Information
Equipment List
Annual Health and Medical Record and Release Forms

Map to Camp Josepho

Is any special equipment needed?

Each Scout is required to have at least one complete Scout uniform. A complete uniform includes the following; Scout shirt, Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt and Scout socks. This is sometimes known as the Class A uniform and will be worn at breakfast and dinner during the week. Most other times the Scouts will wear a uniform which consists of the NYLT T-shirt (provided on the first day of the course) along with Scout pants, Scout socks and Scout belt. One set of civilian clothes will be useful for a couple of activities during the week. More information is given after application is received. Participants will receive 2 each NYLT T-Shirt, NYLT Trained Shoulder Patch, NYLT Program Patch, and NYLT Water Bottle.

How can I get additional information?

Contact: Steven Gonek, sgonek@live.com or Contact: Marty Price, marty.price@verizon.net

 

Council Standard Procedures

 

The Council is excited to unveil our new website.  As national moves to more electronic forms the website has become a hub for services like My.scouting.org to aid in Rank Advancement, insurance forms and rechartering. The new website will provide this hub for parents/volunteers and Scouts to access the various portals. To aid navigation, the homepage will feature a simpler layout with clear pulldowns to route users to specific information.

Social Media has become a great tool for organizations to distribute information to members in a timely manner. Along with email the councils Facebook, Instagram and electronic newsletter have become the most efficient and timely way to relay Scouting news. Below you will find a short description of the various platforms the council will use to keep members informed on all the amazing things happening.

 

Analytics from the previous site showed users “visit” the website looking for a specific set of information (forms, registration, training etc). To facilitate this change in demand the new website is visually more appealing with easy to navigate pull downs. At the top of the page are links to the councils Social Feeds.

As users peruse social media more to see what is happening unit Specific information will be posted on the Social media feeds. See Social Media section below for format specifics.

 

We sincerely hope that our efforts will result in less time online and more time experiencing the joys of Scouting. To submit content for the councils website or newsletter please see the guidelines below. We want to ensure you message/content/news is disseminated in the most efficient way so please ensure that information is in final form before submitting. New Webmaster EMAIL. Address  Calendar??

 

Council Website

The homepage Slide show will rotate upcoming Council level specific information. Examples.

  • Fundraisers-that directly benefit the council (Camp Cards, Special Events).
  • Camping – information on events hosted by the council at Josepho, EB and Whitsett.

Format– High quality landscape format JPG 1235 X 526. With Right 1/3 of picture free of important images (as button will cover that area.) If registration forms is needed create “doubleknot” before and include the URL.

Information that will be included in the News portion of the website will include.

  • District hosted special events. (awards dinners, camporees,)
  • District & Council training events- Woodbadge, NYLT
  • Council wide information- Scout Expo, Awards, Eagle dinner.
  • Format– High quality Portrait format JPG 400 X 480. If “registration link is needed” create doubleknot link before and include the URL. Also include Short 3-4 word eye catching headline.

The website will be updated the first and third week of the month. Please write articles from the Councils perspective, “The Council invites you to the Amazing Balboa Oaks Camporee”.

Lastly and most importantly make sure

  • Copy is concise, free of grammatical & spelling errors, and ideally exciting.
  • Includes a well composed JPG picture (If possible exciting, people smiling having fun etc)
  • All information is complete so webmaster can simply cut and paste into site.
  • Hyperlinks have been tested and are included at time of submission.

Newsletter

The Council publishes a monthly email newsletter with circulation in the thousands. This is one of the best tools to get the word out about your event.

The orange and white font is the only copy in the article. It gives the important information.

The tan block below is a link to a sign up document that has more in depth information.

The top image is one JPG that has combined multiple images to quickly communicate to the reader information about the article.

LA Railroad Heritage Foundation has been very successful using the newsletter to register Scouts for their Rail Road Merit Badge Day. A good portion of the article is understood from the picture. The foundation started with a high quality landscape activity image and added small clip art to further visually communicate. LARHF added a headline and saved it as a JPG. The “copy” in the article is simply bullet points showing basic information.  The organization has created a Sign Up form with far more detailed information that is accessed through the tan button at the bottom of the page. By including a button hyperlink the group has made interested readers open the registration page which most likely results in greater follow through and sign ups.

  • Copy must be free of errors, written from Council perspective ready to “Cut and Paste in”
  • High quality eye catching JPG picture – that illustrates the article.
  • (DoubleKnot) or other document or link setup in advance and include hyperlink.
  • Include a short descriptive EYE Catching headline and copy.

 

Social Media- Instagram & Facebook

Instagram

Both social media platforms provide the chance for Boy Scouts, Charter Partners and Units to educate and create positive PR that aids in recruiting, fundraising and more.

Troop 191 has an Instagram Account that the unit updates with fun activities and outings. The great potential for Social Media platforms is that it allows the public to see the positive and exciting things Scouts do in their Community. Here Troop 191 has posted a picture from a Council awards dinner. The troop tagged the council and the venue and used both Scouting and Non-Scouting specific hashtags. This is a great way to showcase the unit, district, council and Scouting as a whole all from your cellphone in under 2 mins. By posting at the until level it allows the council and other parties to share the unit photo and create additional views from the same content by simply resharing.

Social Media Best Practices

  • Set the location
  • Tag 3 people and use 3 hashtags. Ideas: #TROOP45 #Camping #pinewoodderby #Scouting #Kayking
  • Please use the council’s hashtage #BSAwestLA so we can easily find all the great content you create.

 

Facebook

 

Facebook is another great tool. Here is an example of Troop 229 tagging the Council on a hike. Tagging the council informs us of the great outings the unit does and allows us to reshare the content. Content generated by our volunteers and Scouters provides a legitimacy that Scouting works in a way that is hard to replicated at higher levels.

SHOULD WE INCLUDE HOW THE PHOTO RELEASE IS BUILT INTO THE MEDICAL RELASE???

 

 

You never know what can go Viral! Here is an example where tagging helps. We tagged the USS Iowa in our post and they reshared. The result was many more shares and likes and a reach far beyond our Council influence!

WLACC Website Standard Procedures

 

WLACC is excited to unveil our new website.  As national moves to more electronic forms the website has become a hub for parents/volunteers and Scouts to access services like My.scouting.org to help with Rank Advancement, insurance forms and rechartering. To aid navigation, the simple homepage features clear pulldowns to route users to specific information.

The evolution of Social Media and Email marketing allows non-profits to communicate with their members in a far more personal and timely matter.  WLACC’s Email blast, Facebook, Instagram and electronic newsletter have become the most efficient and timely way to relay unit and district Scouting news.

The guidelines below explain which content will be featured on the website and the best format to submit it.  To submit content for WLACC’s website email WLACCwebmaster@scouting.org

The homepage Slide show and News section will rotate upcoming Council wide information. Examples include.

  • District & Council hosted special events. (awards dinners, camporees ,Scout Expo)
  • District & Council training events- Woodbadge, NYLT
  • Council wide information- CubScout Cup, OTHER EXAMPLES???

The website will be updated the first and third week of the month.

Before Submitting make sure you have checked the following items.

  • Copy is concise, free of grammatical & spelling errors.
  • Image is high quality “Portrait orientation ” format JPG at least 400 X 480 size
  • Word order is complete so webmaster can simply cut and paste into site.
  • Hyperlinks have been tested and are included at time of submission.