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National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

June 16 - July 27


National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is the ultimate experience where young men and women can enhance their leadership skills through team building, ethical decision-making, problem solving and service to others. The NAYLE program takes place at the Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp, approximately 8 miles from base camp and situated in the beautiful foothills viewing Urraca Mesa and Crater Peak. The youth participants will camp in a team setting that enables them to use their leadership skills to resolve challenging situations. The week concludes with a closing challenge for each Scout to use what they’ve learned in service to others. Information flyer here.

Participant outcomes may include:

  • The skill, ability and motivation to become a dynamic and effective leader through advanced, practical application of NYLT skills
  • The ability to function well in team or group situations
  • Nationwide resources including new ideas and contacts that can only be gained through a national program 
  • Personal written commitment to apply NAYLE skills back home

Who May Participate?

To be able to participate in NAYLE, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews (ILST or ILSC) and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). 
  • Be in top physical condition; a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A-B-C is required. Particpants must meet BMI requirements as listed on Part C, and be able to hike 3 miles with a 35 pound pack.
  • Be 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts.)
  • Hold a unit leadership position. 

Session Dates

Session 1: June 16 – 22
Session 2: June 23 – June 29
Session 3: June 30 – July 6
Session 4: July 7 – 13
Session 5: July 14 – 20
Session 6: July 21 – 27


A payment of at least $250 is due when you complete the online application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival. However, be aware that only registrations paid in full are considered complete registrations. The cancellation fee of $250 is nonrefundable. 

Program Fee: $575


Scholarships are available for NAYLE participants. LEARN MORE

Register for NAYLE- 2024

Register: By individual

Season: Summer

Age: 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 18 (for Scouts) or 21 (for Venture Scouts.)

Crew Size: Provisional patrol will be organized upon arrival at Philmont

Leadership: Leadership and Youth Protection provided by Philmont

Registration: Anytime


NAYLE Toolbox  
Traditional Trek Details 2024 Crew Packet
2025 Registration Information 2024 Guidebook to Adventure
Fees and Scholarships 2024 Guidebook to Adventure for Advisors    
2025 Financial Aid Application Shakedown Guide
Trek Requirements Facilities
Health and Medical Record Patches and Awards
Planning Calendar Equipment List
2024 Itinerary Guidebook Dining in The Backcountry
Philmont Prep Seminars New Mexico Fishing License
Traveling to Philmont Promote Your Philmont Trek
2024 Custom Crew Shirts Council & Unit Planning Guide
Crew Photos  


Discover Philmont Scout Ranch  
About Philmont Contact Us
Visit Us (Open Year-Round) Covid-19 Updates
Frequently Asked Questions Philmont Training Center
Tooth of Time Traders (PSR Store) BSA Family Adventure Camp
Philmont Museums Basecamp Webcam
Seasonal Staff Opportunities Philmont Photo Archive
Philmont Staff Association Philmont Stories (Blog)
Conservation Department Resources
Philmont Wildfire Recovery Ambassador Resources
Wildfire Recovery & Mitigation Fund  


June 16
July 27
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Philmont Training Center
Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714 United States
(575) 376-2281
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