Kodiak Challenge

The Kodiak Challenge is advanced leadership training for young men and women in a high adventure setting, stressing servant leadership and the practical application of ILST, NYLT and NAYLE skills. This is a hands-on skills course conducted under the open sky, not a classroom. You’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone, tested mentally and physically as your leadership skills grow. 

Kodiak Challenge is an adventure with a purpose. Kodiak Challenge treks will be determined by the participants. Kodiak Challenge is not about the trek; it is about leadership skills.  Treks do not have to be hikes. They can be anything that provides some challenge to participants. The 2024 trek will utilize Camp Comer as a base of operations. Possible activities might include white water rafting, canoeing, shooting, hiking, fishing, caving, horseback riding, ziplining, and just about anything the participants can come up with.

The trek is a minimum 5-day experience with 1 or 2 days of pre-meetings to determine and plan for the trek.  The trek is followed one week later by an in-person or virtual ‘After The Trek’ meeting for 1-2 hours.

Details and Notes


Youth (Age 14 – 20): $300
Participants must be a registered Scout, Venturer, or Sea Scout.

Cost includes: Event insurance, meals, program supplies, program fees, transportation expenses, course patch, and other goodies!


Camp Comer
16490 Co. Rd. 89
Mentone, AL 35984

Dates and times:
June 1, 2024: 1pm – 3pm- Trek Planning Session, Oneonta, AL
June 23 – 29, 2024

Check-In: Check-in begins at 1pm

Who should attend?

The Kodiak Challenge is an advanced leadership training course that is open to all Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts.  Kodiak is ideal for those older Scouts seeking new ways to grow in their roles as older Scouts in their Troop, Crew, or Ship.   

Kodiak Challenge Pre-Course Requirements

  • Participants must be at least 14 years old, but not yet 21.
  • Scouts must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills Training for their unit type.
    • Scouts will need to provide proof that they completed their ILST/C/S.
  • National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is highly recommended, but not required.
  • NYLT staffers are excellent candidates.
  • National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is a plus, but not required.
  • Scouts will need to provide a current Annual Health and Medical Record Form (BSA 680-001 Parts A, B, and C) including a physician’s signature.
  • It is recommended that they have had at least one year of camping experience.
    • it is important that each participant have basic camping and outdoor cooking experience.