National Leadership Seminar (NLS)

The National Leadership Seminar is a weekend conference on the skills and attributes of leadership. It is intended primarily to enhance the leadership skills of the Order of the Arrow's key youth and adult leaders as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. Arrowmen will learn how to apply the skills studied in the seminar on projects in the lodge, council, and community. NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program. Visit the Northeast Region website for more information!

For the past year, the top leaders of the Order of the Arrow have evaluated the course and the National Leadership Seminar has been redesigned to be able to equip youth and adult leaders with the tools of leadership in a more efficient way. The course redesign focused on making improvements and reenforcing what has made the seminar successful. Sessions of the seminar have become more engaging and interactive, focus on adaptive leadership, and the use of technology to create innovative solutions to issues.

Sending youth and adult members to NLS is an excellent way for lodges to develop their leaders. Attendees will learn skills that are directly applicable to the situations they face locally and return home with a renewed passion for the OA program. While NLS is designed to be a fun, engaging experience, it is also mentally challenging. Youth learners should be at least 15 years of age or a chapter or lodge officer. All learners should come prepared to engage in a strenuous and invigorating weekend. Individuals who have already attended NLS will still find value in the updated course, but in order to ensure that new Arrowmen have the opportunity to attend, repeat attendance is only recommended if it has been several years since having taken the course.

One key change for lodge leadership to be aware of involves participant contracts. Previously, participants came home from NLS with a contract consisting of three goals to complete before receiving their NLS patch and officially completing the course. In the updated course, learners will still get to work closely with the staff to develop a detailed roadmap for accomplishing their goals back home. However, there is no longer a contract to complete, and learners receive their patch at NLS and leave the weekend enabled to make their goals a reality.

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2018 Course Dates

March 9-11, 2018
Camp Alpine, Alpine, NJ

April 20-22, 2018
Griswold Scout Reservation, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH

November 9-11, 2018
Camp Alpine, Alpine, NJ