National Leadership Seminar & Developing Youth Leadership Conference

Save the Date: March 24-26, 2023 in Minneapolis, MN

The NLS and the DYLC programs are the premier leadership training courses for members of the Order of the Arrow.  The National Leadership Seminar is designed for youth members.  The Developing Youth Leadership Conference is designed for adult advisers.  

What is the National Leadership Seminar?

The 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 OA members to become better leaders both within and outside of the Scouting program.

Who Should Attend?

Every OA memebr 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.


Make plans to be a member of the Kon Wapos Lodge contingent to the NLS/DYLC event.  Kon Wapos Lodge provides partial funding of the registration fee.  More details coming. 

Contact the lodge adviser lodge adviser to attend as a member of the Kon Wapos contingent and receive updates.