OBERDACHSTETTEN, Germany, (August 8, 2023) – More than 90 members of the Boy Scouts of America, Transatlantic Council, enjoyed one week of intense training during National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) on Franken Kaserne at the Oberdachstetten Training Area within United States Army Garrison (USAG) Ansbach.
According to the Boy Scouts of America website, the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. Boy Scouts from all over the European, Asian, and African continents came together for a week of training on their path to become leaders in their community.
The Youth Course Leader, Arman T., has been a Boy Scout for 13 years. He earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2020 and has staffed six previous NYLT courses. He currently studies Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Arman was very excited about the opportunity to be the Youth Course Lead and described the focus of the course, “All day long we are conducting activities, presentations, challenges, and discussions. All NYLT participants here have a focus area and are able to contribute their talents to the team to make it stronger."
NYLT is a six-day course, Arman explained, “We spend the week here in a troop and patrol outdoor setting and implement what we learn immediately in a fun environment.” He added, “All of the concepts and the work processes are interconnected. We introduce them from the first day and then build upon them with the help of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.”
Rich Price, the course director of the 2023 NYLT, was truly impressed by the young leaders. “They are just an impressive group of young people. Their enthusiasm and their drive to become leaders result in tremendous daily progress," said Price. “I am just here. They are doing it all. The youth leads and staffers are the decision makers here. They run this course.”
When asked about Franken Kaserne, the site of the course, Price added: “This location is the perfect setting for NYLT and for the other Boy Scouts courses that we offer. It is an outdoor setting, easy to reach, but secluded.”
Accroding to Price, travel and timeline are the biggest challenges in organizing these courses. “We have youth participants here from all over Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. To find the right dates when the scouts are out of school and to find the right location and in reach via public transportation is very hard. The train station in nearby Oberdachstetten and the proximity to Nuremberg airport are a big advantage of Franken Kaserne.”
In addition, the Boy Scouts of America Transatlantic Council can store some of their equipment on site, which makes setting up and tearing down much easier. “We are so fortunate to not have to haul all of the tents and equipment that we need for this course all over Europe,” added Price.
The Boy Scouts of America Transatlantic Council appreciates the collaboration with the local garrison and its volunteers to be able to offer this important training to their members. They believe that NYLT equips its graduates to become valuable members of society. After all, per the Boy Scouts of America, NYLT integrates the best of modern business leadership concepts with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. It centers on the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO.
The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach military community is located in the Franconian region of Bavaria and is spread across six sites and nine kasernes dispersed around the city of Ansbach and the village of Illesheim. Today, Ansbach is home to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, the community's largest tenant unit, as well as the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. The garrison takes pride in its support to more than 8,500 Soldiers, civilians and family members working and living in the Ansbach area.
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