Q: What is National Leadership Seminar?

A: The National Leadership Seminar is a weekend conference focused on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow’s key youth and adult members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community.


Q: How is the weekend structured?

A: The weekend format is designed to complement the longer, more detailed Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Programs. Near the end of the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills studied in the seminar on projects in their lodge, council, and community.


Q: Who should attend NLS?

A: Any key youth, lodge officer, or adult member seeking to improve their leadership skills and improve their services to the Boy Scouts of American and the greater community should attend.


Q: How many people can the course hold?

A: The course is limited to a maximum of 60 participants; therefore, normally no more than 12 should be registered per Lodge.


Q: How many times can NLS be taken?

A: The course is designed for one-time participation. Repeat attendance is not encouraged.


Q: How much does NLS cost?

A: $195 (may vary depending on food and location costs) for youth and adults includes lodging for two nights, cracker barrels, meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch, seminar handouts, certificate, and seminar recognition(s).


Q: What should I expect from this weekend of training?

A: The seminar is an intensive experience in learning about the nature of leadership and practicing some of the skills that a leader uses. While it is designed to be fun, the course challenges participants mentally as well. Participants should be developed mentally, physically, and mentally prepared to actively engage in an exhausting, invigorating weekend.


Q: What are the dates of CRNLS for 2016?


February 19-21, 2016
Geneva Center (5282 N Old US 31, Rochester, IN 46975)

April 29-May 1, 2016
Camp Kiwanis (15987 St. Croix Trail, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047)

October 14-16, 2016
Heartland Center (16965 Missouri 45, Parkville, MO 64152)



Q: How do I register?

A: Before registering at attend the National Leadership Seminar it is important to contact your lodge adviser for approval. To register visit, https://registration.oa-bsa.org/. Your lodge/council will be billed for the cost of registration, following the completion of the seminar.


Q: What do I need to bring for the weekend?

A: Participants attending the National Leadership Seminar will need to bring:

  • A completed medial form, parts A & B
  • Toiletries
  • A great attitude and be prepared to learn outstanding leadership skills.
  • Pens, pencils and notepaper.
  • Extra money for the OA Trading Post.
  • Extra clothes for recreation.
  • A complete, official Boy Scout Field Uniform with OA Sash
  • A flashlight


The Central Region hopes to see you at one of our upcoming CRNLS weekends!




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