What is ITLS? – Introduction to Leadership Skill

Training of the elected youth leaders of your unit is the unit’s responsibility.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) Activities encountered by a troop’s youth leaders might include;

  • Assigning responsibility to others
  • Planning, organizing, and leading activities and meetings
  • Planning menus and figuring out food costs• Encouraging advancement
  • Guiding a troop’s involvement in problem-solving
  • Teaching outdoor, sports, or craft skills
  • Ensuring the troop’s safety during meetings and outings
  • Helping other Boy Scouts make the most of their own leadership opportunities

MODULE ONE—TROOP ORGANIZATION includes a description of each leadership position in the troop, including roles and responsibilities, troop organization, and introductions to vision and servant leadership.

MODULE TWO—TOOLS OF LEADERSHIP covers some core skill sets to help the Scout lead, including communicating, planning, and teaching.

MODULE THREE—LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK incorporate additional leadership tools for the Scout, including discussions of teams and team characteristics, the stages of team development and leadership, inclusion/using your team, a more in-depth review of vision, and ethics and values of a leader.

⚜️ Note: Scoutmaster should encourage scouts to attend National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) each time it’s offered in your area. This is a week of training that will improve leadership skills and result in a better troop. Some troops even help pay for some of the costs knowing the benefits. Here is a link for more information. https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/resources/nylt/

🌎 Training for Youth: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth/

📄 Adult leader syllabus for ILST: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/pdf/ILST_IntroSyllabus_9_11.pdf

🎬 Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops: https://youtu.be/sdnZMGypZiY

🎬 NYLT Promo https://youtu.be/BFUdFQGRJe0

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