Usage at NorCal – already happening!

One of the main goals for the NorCal Adventure Area is to offer our units an option for local camping and training. Events from weekend unit campouts, Council level trainings and other group activities are already occuring at NorCal, even while it is under construction. Just in this month alone, we have hosted a pack campout, National Youth Leadership Training and have an upcoming Leave No Trace Trainer event this weekend. It is wonderful to listen as the laughter and songs from a local Pack float across the property and the energetic shouts and celebration of 50 youth receiving top notch leadership training fill the air. With 3 National Youth Leadership Training courses per year, that is certainly making an impact on the youth we serve here in the Golden Empire Council.

So what exactly is National Youth Leadership Training (or NYLT as we commonly call it)? Per the official guide, it is:

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide Boy Scout and Venturing Junior 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.

But what is it really? National Youth Leadership training is taught by youth to youth and the growth in both the staff and participants is beyond measure. NYLT offers a chance for our young men and women to learn leadership skills that many of us are exposed to at a much later time in our lives. During NYLT our Scouts experience growth both personally and with a team of new friends. National Youth Leadership Training offers an opportunity for our youth to learn better communication skills and give them the confidence needed so they can be successful in their lives. And…it provides it all with fun!

The laughter and fun during the course explodes across NorCal Adventure Area when we host groups like National Youth Leadership Training and the courses will continue to be offered here in the coming years. We offer 3 courses per year and know that there are more Scouts that will benefit from our great training. How does your Scout qualify? Be 13, First Class, have a recomendation from your ScoutMaster and sign up. More updates will be available soon on our NYLT website so bookmark it now.

Want to reserve a weekend for your unit? Call the GEC Camping desk at 916-929-1417 or email us at

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