NLATS LogoThe National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective lodge advisers. It is intended primarily to enhance an adviser's knowledge of and connectivity with the OA's strategic plan, program and resources, while emphasizing personal skills that are essential to the development of effective youth leadership and ultimately the OA's service to the council.

It is recommended that participants be lodge advisers or staff advisers and those with lodge adviser potential, as approved by the local council Scout executive. Prior completion of a Lodge Leadership Development program and the National Leadership Seminar are desirable. The NLATS is an intensive experience in learning about the nature of lodge program, delivery of service to the council, and development of youth leadership necessary to both. While it is designed to be fun, the course is mentally challenging as well. Participants should be open to learning and prepared to actively engage in an invigorating weekend.

The NLATS program provides key advisers with information on such areas as:

  • The Lodge as an Integral Part of the Council
  • Key 3 Relations
  • Youth Development
  • Mentoring and Motivating Youth
  • Meeting the Needs of Youth
  • Building & Maintaining Trust and Relationships
  • Lodge Finances
  • New Member Support and Retention
  • Quality Lodge Attainment
  • Successful Lodge Operations
  • OA History and Traditions
  • Lodge Communications
  • Lodge and Chapter Workings
  • The Adviser's Proper Role
  • National and Regional BSA/OA Program Areas of Emphasis

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening. First session will start promptly at 8:00 p.m. The seminar will conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Participants are on their own for their Friday evening meal (with the exception of Granlibakken - Lake Tahoe). The first meal for the participants will be breakfast on Saturday morning.

Adults age 21 and older are eligible to attend the National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) and do not necessarily need to have previously attended NLS. Adults who are currently or will soon hold a lodge-level or chapter-level adviser position are encouraged to attend NLATS to receive program-specific training. The NLS training is open to anyone seeking to hone their leadership skills applicable to Scouting as well as daily life. Adults who are unsure which might be best for them should talk to their lodge adviser for guidance or e-mail Click here for more information on upcoming NLS courses.

Registration & Payment Instructions: All participants must register themselves using the online registration form link below. The National OA office will bill councils for all registrations. Participants are responsible for paying their lodge directly for the NLS or NLATS registration fees. Some lodges and sections provide scholarships; check with your local Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser for details and specific instructions on submitting your payment, if applicable.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be submitted to the Western Region Training Coordinator via e-mail at The participant’s council will not be billed for the seminar fees if the cancellation request is received at least 21 days prior to the start of the event. Within 21 days of the event, registrations are transferable to others who are not already registered, but fees will still be billed in full. To transfer a registration, e-mail for instructions and the name of the replacement. NLS participants can be swapped for NLATS/DYLC participants and vice versa, youth or adult.

Western Region NLATS/DYLC Dates

Date Location & Details Cost
April 1-3, 2016
**NLATS, not DYLC**
Forest Lawn Scout Reservation, Los Angeles, CA
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
October 7-9, 2016
**NLATS, not DYLC**
Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, NM
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring
November 18-20, 2016
**Developing Youth Leaders Conference (DYLC)**
replaces NLATS

Click for more info on DYLC
Granlibakken Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA
Online Registration
Required: Medical Form Part A & B
Payments, Refunds & What to Bring

Don't Forget: All participants need to bring a sleeping bag and uniform to the event.