One of the ongoing challenges most Scoutmasters face is keeping their older Scouts interested in the program. And keeping them around is important. The troop needs them to provide leadership to younger Scouts, and they need the troop to provide them a safe haven from the storms of their teen years.
Perhaps the best way to keep older Scouts interested is by offering them fresh challenges, such as high-adventure trips or advanced programs like Project COPE at summer camp. And when those fresh challenges teach them leadership skills they can use back in the troop, both they and you win.
That’s why it’s good news that all four BSA high-adventure bases are now offering National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), a fantastic weeklong experience for Scouts who have completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE gives Scouts ages 14 and older the chance to apply the skills they learned at NYLT while participating in fun activities like geocaching and search and rescue. Each course also makes special use of its setting, whether that’s the Sangre de Cristos Mountains at Philmont or the blue Gulf of Mexico waters at Sea Base.
For more information on NAYLE and the offerings at each high-adventure base, visit http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Resources/NAYLE.aspx.