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Local Scouts From Troop 513 Complete National Youth Leadership Training

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Scouts from Troop 513 recently completed National Youth Leadership Training and have returned home to put the skills they have acquired to good use in their community, family, and Troop.

Having recently achieved First Class Rank, making them eligible to attend, Troy Pannell and Riley Keener graduated on July 1, 2023 after 6 days of training, challenges, and activities that were undertaken together with other youth involved in Scouting from other units from several councils. They are the first in their Troop to attend this training.

National Youth Leadership Training, commonly referred to as NYLT, is an intense 6-day program designed to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in every area of their life demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT is one the courses in the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Leadership Training Continuum that begins with formal leadership training within their local unit and progresses to advanced courses that are held throughout the US. All of the courses support the Boy Scouts of America’s mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. Youth return equipped with knowledge, skills, and character that benefit them in every area of their life and helps them be prepared for the rest of their life. It also helps them bring the best out of themselves and others and create a supportive environment where people are able to learn and grow as individuals and teams. Youth also return with new friendships that have developed while working on teams together the entire course.

Upon completion of NYLT, youth are eligible to attend National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM for their next step in leadership development. Subsequent courses available to youth in Scouting are eligible for college credit.

Scouts BSA Troop 990 (Girls) and Scouts BSA Boys Troop 513 (Boys) meets on Sundays at 3:30 PM at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow (third weekend of the month the Troops are typically on outings. Call in advance to confirm). The Troops meet concurrently, but separately, to facilitate involvement of youth that have a sister/brother that is also involved in Scouting. Both Troops are chartered by Youth Leadership Development Foundation, a local 501(c)(3) committed to the development of leadership, character, citizenship, and personal fitness for a lifetime in the youth of our community through the Scouting program.

Youth who are interested in what Scouting has to offer to help youth be prepared for life are invited to attend. If this time and place does not work for you, we can connect you to a local Scouts BSA Troop that will! Contact Anthony Keener, Scoutmaster, at (501) 831-2186, or visit for information about Troop 513 and other Scouting opportunities in our area.

Troy Pannell (left) and Riley Keener (right) having just graduated from the National Youth Leadership Training Course.
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