We believe that our Troop should be Scout Led. This means we teach our scouts what it means to be a leader and how to take charge in any situation.
Pine Tree is a leadership training exclusive to our council. It is a four-day, three-night course for scouts who are at least 13 and have completed First Class. At Pine Tree, scouts form a model troop and are placed in patrols with other scouts that they may have never met before. Participants will step into leadership development and practice outdoor skills.
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) is the first step in a scout's leadership journey. In ILST, scouts will learn how the troop operates, how to communicate well, and how to be a part of a team. ILST is mandatory for any scouts wanting to have a leadership position and should be attended consistently, to aid your growth as a leader.
After a scout completes ILST, they may attend the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NYLT is a week long training course where scouts will build upon the skills that they have learned in their scouting journey so far. Many concepts that are introduced at ILST will be built upon at NYLT. NYLT has many modules where scouts will learn about communication, problem solving, teamwork, and much more.
The program of the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) enhances leadership skills and expands upon the team-building and ethical decision-making skills learned in NYLT. NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service, using the core elements of NYLT to help youth strengthen these skills. NAYLE is a week long course that is held multiple times throughout the summer at both Philmont in New Mexico and the Summit in West Virginia.
"Boy Scouts with Troop 153 has taught me how to be confident and how to be prepared for anything that will come my way down the road. All three of these leadership courses have taught me teamwork and how to take charge, which I can use in my school, troop, and my future profession."
Braden Milford, Eagle Scout