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Anthony Lopez – Course Director
An Eagle Scout and remains involved as an Assistant Scoutmaster and trainer in the Boy Scouts of America’s Greater New York Councils. He has also served on multiple Woodbadge and NYLT courses. Anthony’s career is in Technology and currently holds the Senior Directory of Technology position at Tourneau. He has also served in roles at Oddcast (aka “Elf Yourself”) as a Systems Architect, Morgan Stanley as a Global Service Manager for a team that plays a mission critical role in Incident, Problem and Change Management for the Investment and Retail Bank environment. Before the Banking industry Anthony was the Director of Technology at, a privately held social networking website for moms, where he served as the lead architect in designing the website’s infrastructure. A graduate of the State University at Albany, Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Deborah Caviness – Scoutmaster – Linked Girls Troop

Efrain Alvarado, Advisor
An attorney by training, Mr. Alvarado joined scouting with his son, twenty three years ago and never left. He has served as an Assistant Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, Council Commissioner and Member of the Council Training Committee. While maintaining his affiliation with Troop 728 as a Troop Committee Member, he has also served as a staff member for Woodbadge (advanced adult leadership training) five times. Most recently, he served as Course Director for GNYC’s National Youth Leadership Training in 2012 and will be Course Director for the NYLT course to be presented in the summer of 2014 at TMR. He currently serves as a merit badge counselor for the citizenship badges, crime prevention and public speaking.

Adam Perez
Alex Agostini
Tony Chee

2021 Leadership
Anthony Lopez – Assistant Course Director
Deborah Caviness – Scoutmaster – Linked Girls Troop
Efrain Alvarado, Advisor
Adam Perez
Alex Agostini

2019 Leadership
Courtney Higgins – Course Director
Efrain Alvarado, Advisor
Anthony Lopez, Staff
Adam Perez, Staff
Alex Agostini, Staff
David Bisceglia, Staff
Deborah Caviness, Staff
Tony Chee, Staff

Youth Requirements

  • Be registered in a Scouts BSA Troop, Venture Crew, Varsity Team, or Sea Scout Ship.
  • Scouts BSA and Varsity Scouts must be at least First Class Rank and 13 years old but not more than 18 years old at the start of the course July 5, 2020.
  • Venture and Sea Scouts must be at least 14 years old but not more than 21 years old at start of course July 5, 2020.
  • Must hold a unit leadership position or expect to be in one in the near future.
  • Have a recommendation from the Scoutmaster, or Venturing or Sea Scout Adviser.
  • Have parental permission to attend.
  • Agree to follow the NYLT Code of Conduct, Youth Protection Guidelines, GNYC Camp Rules, Outdoor Code and Scout Oath and Law.
  • Have basic camping, cooking and hiking skills.
  • Obtain and submit a standard TMR Medical Form with current physical exam upon arrival at the Conference.
  • Must commit to and attend the entire course.  Because of the team structure used, late arrivals and early departures are not acceptable.


National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed by the Boy Scouts of America for councils to use in providing youth members with leadership skills and a training experience they can use in their home units. Many graduates of the course find that the skills they learned at NYLT have assisted them in other life situations demanding leadership of self and others.

NYLT is a six-day course that centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he or she must KNOW, and what he or she must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the conference as the teams go on a Quest for the Meaning of Servant Leadership.

Content is delivered in a group and team outdoor setting at the new John P. Ward training site at Alpine Scout Camp. Indoor sessions take place in the air conditioned “smart” facilities of the Reeves Center directly across from the Ward site. An emphasis is placed on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon and reinforced using memory aids.

NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well.

The “secret” strength of the NYLT conference is that the course is presented by volunteer youth graduates of previous courses who have undergone rigorous training on how to teach the skills they recently learned.

You can give your boy scout, venture and sea scout the opportunity to work, live and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

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