National Leadership Seminar

National Leadership Seminar


What is the National Leadership Seminar?

The National Leadership Seminar (NLS) 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 members as they seek to improve their services to the Boy Scouts of America and the greater community. The weekend format is designed to complement the longer, more detailed Wood Badge and Junior Leadership Training programs. Near the end of the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves 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.

The NLS will provide participants with:

    1. A challenging, inspiring, and enjoyable learning experience 2. A better understanding of the skills of leadership and how to apply them 3. A better understanding of themselves and of other people 4. A realization that, with practice and work, everyone can improve their leadership skills 5.An understanding that leadership skills work in tandem with one another, rather than in isoloation, apart from one another 6.An understanding that different situatutions require the application of different leadership skills 7. A model with which to evaluate themselves and others in the use of leadership skills

    Who Should Attend?

    It is recommended that youth participants be at least 15 years of age or a lodge officer. Completion of the Lodge Leadership Development Course (LLDC) is desirable. The seminar is an intensive experience in learning about the nature of leadership and practicing some of the skills that a leader uses, while it is designed to be fun, the course challenges participants mentally as well. Participants should be developmentally, physically, and mentally prepared to actively engage in an exhausting, invigorating weekend.

    How Do I Attend?

    Interested Arrowmen should contact their Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser to express interest in attending the National Leadership Seminar.

    When Can I Attend?

    The Northeast Region will offer the National Leadership Seminar at the following times and places: March 9 - 11, 2018- Alpine, New Jersey - 441 Route 9W, Alpine, NJ 07620 April 20 - 22, 2018- Hidden Valley Scout Camp - Griswold Reservation, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH November 9 - 11, 2018- Alpine, New Jersey - 441 Route 9W, Alpine, NJ 07620

    If you have more questions about NLS, or would like more information, email Northeast Region Chief Jon Hagenow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Testimonials From Participants

    “Upon coming to NLS I thought, ‘oh it’s just another training, what am I going to do here?’ However, a lot of the sessions during the seminar were great at diving deeper into leadership principles that I needed to learn more about.” “It was great to be in an environment where I could meet so many different Arrowmen, trade best practices and go home with the leadership tools to better serve my troop and my lodge.” “My favorite sessions were the role play sessions, where the staff provided real-life applications to the leadership skills that we were learning.” “I am excited to take everything that I learned back to my lodge and chapter. In fact, NLS has inspired me to run for lodge office next year!”

    What To Bring

    • Class A uniform with OA sash • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (parts A and B only) • Sleeping bag/bedding • Notebook and pen • Water bottle • Flashlight • Towel and soap for showers • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) • Money for trading post (optional) • Excitement and willingness to learn!

    Promotional Resources

    These resources were created by the Northeast Region Communications Team to assist chapters, lodges and sections in their promotion of the National Leadership Seminar. Additional photos from past seminars can be found at and

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    Table Tent

    Promotional Video

Region Leadership

Northeast Region

Justin St. Louis

Northeast Region

Bob Chaballa

Northeast Region
Staff Adviser

Brad Bowsersox