The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) and Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) are run by each region and are held several times a year across the country. The Order of the Arrow is committed to providing quality in-person training for Arrowmen of all ages.
The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference to train Arrowmen looking to further devote themselves to the OA by learning new skills and attributes of leadership. The program enhances 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. The weekend format complements the longer, more detailed NYLT (for youth) and the Wood Badge program (for adults). During the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills learned on projects in their lodge, council, and community. NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.
The Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) will deepen an adviser’s capacity to develop youth leadership within the lodge and chapter. Conference topics will include fostering a growth mindset, promoting resilience, providing constructive feedback that leads to changes in youth behavior and creating a life-long coaching/mentoring relationship. Conference participants will gain insights necessary to successfully coach youth applying the leadership skills they gained during the National Leadership Seminar. The Developing Youth Leadership Conference will move beyond lodge mechanics and operations to establishing a lodge and chapter culture that grows youth who are capable of establishing goals, building teams, and guiding the lodge’s work to achieve Journey to Excellence. Prior participation in the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is encouraged, but not required.
Our first course will be on Friday, February 7, 2020 to Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Mahoney State Park. Registration closes in less than a month from now so don’t wait! To register, visit https://registration.oa-bsa.org/Event/1103. Make sure to spread the word of all that NLS and DYLC has to offer! It is an inspiring event that no one should miss!