The Youth Leadership Training Continuum: A Guide for Scout Leaders and Parents

  • Troop Leadership Training (conducted at the troop level)
  • National Youth Leadership Training (conducted at the council level)
  • National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (conducted at the national level)
The vision of the Boy Scouts of America is to be the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

We strive to fulfill the following objectives:
  • Offer young people responsible fun and adventure.
  • Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership.
  • Serve America's communities and families through a quality, values-based program.
The youth leadership training continuum (YLTC) plays a vital role in accomplishing this vision. It is designed to be the premier youth training currently available to our nation's youth. The YLTC course material is drawn from the best of the best of leadership courses offered in a wide variety of settings, including those taught to corporate executives. The youth who master the leadership skills offered in the BSA courses will have a great advantage that will give them a lifelong ability for success in Scouting, in their careers, in their churches, and in their personal and family lives.

The youth leader training courses are built around the slogan Be-Know-Do, which serves as the building blocks for all three courses.