What is NLATS?
The National Lodge Adviser Training Seminar (NLATS) is a weekend conference focusing on the skills and attributes of effective adult advisers. The program enhances 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.
NLATS is limited to 40 participants. For this seminar, no more than two participants should register from any council. The course is designed for one-time participation.Each Region offers at least one NLATS each year.
What types of topics are Covered?
The NLATS program provides key advisers with information on such areas as: [NLATS patch]
- The Mission of the Lodge
- The Order’s Strategic Plan
- The Lodge as an Integral Part of the Council
- Lodge and Chapter Workings
- Lodge Communications
- Lodge Finances
- Lodge Program and Awards
- The Order of the Arrow in Summer Camp
- OA Troop/Team Representative Program
- OA History and Traditions
- Unit Elections
- Ordeal Inductions
- OA Ceremonies
- Working with Youth
- New Member Support and Retention
- Lodge Leader Development Conference Overview
- National BSA/OA Program Areas of Emphasis
Who Should Attend?
Any adult adviser with the potential to serve in the future as lodge adviser or staff adviser may attend if approved by the local council Scout Executive. Prior completion of a Lodge Leader Development (LLD) Course and the National Leadership Seminar (NLS) are desirable. 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 fun, the course is mentally challenging as well. Participants should be open to learning and prepared to engage actively in an invigorating weekend.