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New Scout Executive Joins Five Rivers Council   

Brad Bodoh has accepted the Board’s invitation to become the Council’s new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021.  Read his introductory letter by clicking this link

Welcome to the Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America and the greatest youth development program in the World!   

Scouting IS FOR YOUR FAMILY and every family in our communities.  At a time when many seem focused on division, Scouting provides an opportunity for everyone to come together and be part of the fun and adventure.  We offer safe, fun, and educational age-appropriate programs for boys and girls from kindergarten to 20 years of age, and young women from age 14
to 20.  

Whether your child wants to go camping, provide service to their community, race pinewood derby cars, learn about STEM activities, or just hang out with their friends, we offer it all.  The Council provides first-rate Scouting programming and facilities throughout the Twin Tiers of New York and Pennsylvania, serving the youth of eastern Allegany, Chemung, southern Livingston, Schuyler, Steuben, and western Tioga counties in New York, as well as Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania.

Still Scouting – Click here for a variety of online resources to keep your Scouting program going virtually

Camping in the Five Rivers Council – Updated 9/20

NYS has recently clarified their position on non-family camping in NYS during the COVID crisis. NYS has determined that non-family based camping is not allowed in NYS.
The Five Rivers Council is providing the direction:
  • No Scout Group, Unit, Patrol or Den will camp in New York State regardless of location (campground, state parks, on the trail or any other non-developed land – farm, country, etc)
  • Camping in PA or any other non-quarantined state is allowed provided:
  • The group is no larger than a patrol or den (8-12 Scouts plus leaders)
  • Unit Safety plan has been submitted and approved
  • Every attendee has completed and signed a hold harmless waiver (the Unit must be in possession of these waivers at all times and kept on file for at least 1 year)
Alternative Camping:
While we understand that this is hard on all of us and our Scouts, we understand the importance of keeping Scouting safe. Please consider keeping your program going with alternative camping methods. Many of our Units have done these with great success.

Waiver of Liability – Click to download

Tech Support (Member Care) – My.Scouting, Scoutbook, Online Training, Internet Advancement, Internet Rechartering, Commissioner Tools

Scouting has many online tools to help all volunteers do their jobs. However, sometimes issues arise. If you are having trouble with any of the BSA online tools please submit a ticket and one of our experience volunteers will help you solve it. This was formerly offered by the National Office as Member Care but has been closed and is now a local Council service.

If you have strong skills in the use of any online tools and would like to be a tech support member please click here. Please include the online tools that you can provide support in.

Submit a Ticket (click here)


 COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Unit Reopening 7-20: Town Hall Webinar

Please click here for a Training on Using online video tools

Please click here for a National FAQ regarding advancement.

Please click here for a Council FAQ.  This should help answer many of your questions about Council, District and Unit operations to help keep Scouting going.

Please click here for Updates regarding COVID-19 and Scouting.