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National Youth Leadership Society

The Value of Leadership
The heart and soul of what we do in the Boy Scouts of America is produce leaders for tomorrow. One of our strengths is shaping leaders who have a strong foundation of values and who know how to serve others, and we have had 100 years of practice. Now, as we begin to celebrate that rich century of leadership development, we introduce the National Youth Leadership Society. Its purpose is to recognize youth members of the BSA who have learned and practiced outstanding leadership skills—the elite of our program. We want these youths, who have worked so hard at learning and leading, to enjoy a form of recognition that other organizations, such as schools, colleges, employers, and the military, can understand and value. Youths inducted into this National Youth Leadership Society may now receive the recognition they deserve in a more tangible way.

As a national honor society, the National Youth Leadership Society calls upon local councils to nominate those individuals who meet certain criteria. Upon acceptance, the National Court of Honor will offer the individual the honor of membership into the Society. The council will be sent the appropriate honors and will perform a formal induction. (See the process steps below.)

The National Court of Honor will maintain a national honor roll of inducted Society members as a class each calendar year. Individuals will be able to say they are a member of a particular class, for instance, the class of 2010 for members inducted in 2010. The class is based on when the individual was approved, not when the induction took place.

Only those youths who have successfully completed qualifying leadership development courses and performed eligible leadership roles may be nominated for induction to the National Youth Leadership Society. The nomination may come ONLY from the council, not from units or individuals. This national honor is bestowed upon deserving youth members and only upon recommendation by the council. Inductions may be made at the council, area, regional, or national level. There is no limit to the number of nominations a council may make.

1. Complete ONE of the following: Introduction to leadership Skills for Troops, Crews, or Ships.

2. Complete THREE of the following:
National Advanced Youth Leadership Experieence (NAYLE)
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Kodiak Challenge
Order of the Arrow National Leadership Seminar

3. Earn 4 points by completing the following leadership positions:
PL- 2 pts
SPL- 3 pts
other troop leadership position- 1 pt
Crew President- 3pts
Crew VP- 2 pts
other crew leadership position- 1 pt
District, council, area, regional or National OA or Venturing office- 3pts

Please see the form below for complete information.