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Eastern Region, Order of the Arrow

National Leadership Seminar & Developing Youth Leadership Conference

What is the National Leadership Seminar?

NLS LogoThe National Leadership Seminar (NLS) is a weekend conference focused on the skills and attributes of leadership. The program enhances 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 complements the longer, more detailed Junior Leadership Training program (for youth) and Wood Badge program (for adults). During the seminar, participants make a contract with themselves to apply the skills learned on projects in the lodge, council, and community. NLS prepares Arrowmen to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.

Who Should Attend?

Every Arrowman will benefit in some way from attending NLS. Youth participants should be at least 15 years of age or a lodge officer. Completion of a Lodge Leadership Development (LLD) course 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 fun, the course challenges participants mentally as well. Participants should be developmentally, physically, and mentally prepared to engage actively in an exhausting, invigorating weekend.

What is the Developing Youth Leadership Conference?

The Developing Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC) will deepen an adviser’s capacity to develop youth leadership within the lodge and chapter. Conference topics will include fostering a growth mindset, promoting resilience, providing constructive feedback that leads to changes in youth behavior and creating a life-long coaching/mentoring relationship. Conference participants will gain insights necessary to successfully coach youth applying the leadership skills they gained during the National Leadership Seminar.

The Developing Youth Leadership Conference will move us beyond lodge mechanics and operations to establishing a lodge and chapter culture that grows youth who are capable of establishing goals, building teams, and guiding the lodge’s work to achieve within the Performance Measurement Program. Prior participation in the National Leadership Seminar is encouraged, but not required. 

How Do I Attend NLS or DYLC?

The NLS and DYLC programs are offered several times a year at various locations in each region. More detailed information is available from your lodge leaders, the Section Chief or Adviser, or the Region Chief or Region Chair.

If you are interested in attending an NLS or DYLC, please contact your Lodge Chief or Adviser for registration information or visit

NLS and DYLC Dates and Locations

  • March 4-6 - Talladega, AL
  • March 11-13 - Alpine, NJ
  • March 25-27 - London, OH
  • September 16-18 - Alpine, NJ
  • November 11-13 - Memphis, TN
  • December 9-11 - Talladega, AL