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Meet Your 2023 NYLT Leadership

Welcome Don Fields and Markie Nathan

Donald “Don” Fields
NYLT Course Director – 2023

We are excited to introduce Don Fields as the 2023 National Youth Leadership Training Course Director.

As of October, Don serves as the Scoutmaster of Troop 1960. He previously served as the Acting Scoutmaster of Troop 1960 since 2019 and as an Assistant Scoutmaster since 2016. He also serves as the Mullan Trail / Bitterroot District Training Chairman. 

Recently, Don served as the Assistant Course Director for the Montana Council 2022 NYLT Course.

 As a Scouter, Don has completed the Wood Badge Course and earned his third Wood Badge Bead. Don has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He completed Cub Scouts, Webelos, Arrow of Light, and Earned the rank of First Class Scout.

 Don retired from the Army in 2014 and served in a variety of leadership positions which included four combat deployments. He earned numerous awards including three Bronze Stars. He has earned two Combat Infantryman’s Badges as well as completed the Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault courses.

Preston, his son, is currently working on his Eagle Scout project and is the local Order of the Arrow (OA) Chapter President and the state OA Secretary.

Don is looking forward to another successful NYLT course!

Markie Nathan
NYLT Assistant Course Director – 2023

We are equally honored to have Markie Nathan joining us as the 2023 Assistant Course Director. Markie says:

Scouting has been a family activity for me since 1991 when my husband and I leaped in as Tiger Cubs parents with our older son. Our younger son joined three years later. We quickly went all-in with Scouting activities, leadership, and training.

Over the years as our sons progressed through the ranks (they are both Eagle Scouts), our family life involved Scouting adventures in the Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop levels. We served all along as Adult Leaders. As an Adult Leader, I appreciate the value of the Scouting program for our sons and all involved youth throughout their lives. I always marvel at the growth and maturation of the Scouts as they work (and have fun!) through the program.

Scout leadership training for youth and adults is exemplary! I have served in numerous staff capacities with Basic Adult Leadership Training, Wood Badge (including as a Course Director), and Philmont Leadership Challenge (including as a Course Director). With youth leadership training, I have served as an advisor with local council leadership training and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (including as a Course Director). I am always heartened to watch the Scouts in action – learning, teaching, guiding, succeeding – and having fun!

I am delighted to serve as NYLT Assistant Course Director next year!”


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