Five Rivers Council and Western NY Council to Merge

  For Immediate Release Header 1 Header 2 Date: July 16, 2024 To: Five Rivers Council Scouting Community, Family, and Friends From: John M. Sharkey, Council President Marc D. McGrain, Council Commissioner Brad W. Bodoh, Scout Executive & CEO Re: Merger Announcement For generations, the Five Rivers Council and the Western NY Council (based in Buffalo) have provided high-quality, life-changing...
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Celebrating Four Generations at Camp Gorton

June 2024 As Camp Gorton celebrates a monumental milestone of 100 years, it's celebrating the legacies, traditions, and the enduring spirit of Scouting in the Finger Lakes. Camp Gorton has been a home away from home for countless Scouts, including four generations of the Sherburne and Gray families.  The Sherburne-Gray Legacy John Sherburne was 12 years old in the camp's...
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Camping weekend builds outdoor skills & friendships

May 2024  Over 73 youth and adults from eight area Scout Troops participated in the 2024 Big Horn Camporee at the Sullivan Trail Rod & Gun Club. Over 33 volunteers from organizations including:  Chemung County Bassmasters Chemung Valley Ridgerunners (National Wild Turkey Federation) Five Rivers Council, Scouting America Sullivan Trail Rod & Gun Club Trout Unlimited - Catherine Creek Chapter...
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Boy Scouts of America is changing its name to Scouting America

May 2024 The Boy Scouts of America today announced that it will rebrand to Scouting America, reflecting the organization’s ongoing commitment to welcome every youth and family in America to experience the benefits of Scouting. The change will go into effect on February 8, 2025, the organization’s 115th anniversary. This announcement also comes as the organization celebrates the fifth anniversary...
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Scouting 101: What is a Senior Patrol Leader?

January 2024 One of the main benefits of Scouting is leadership experience. In Scout Troops, youth have the primary leadership responsibility for the Troop’s operations. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the highest leadership level in a Scout Troop for a youth member. He or she runs Troop meetings, leads the Patrol Leader’s Council, and oversees all Troop activities. SPLs...
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Cub Scout Swimming Event Hosted by Troop 84, Horseheads NY

December 2023 Scout Troop 84 Boys and Girls in Horseheads, NY continued their annual Aquanaut Adventure this past December at the Horseheads High School swimming pool. Cub Scouts in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades from six different Packs came to learn swimming strokes, rescue methods, boating safety, and earn swim classifications needed to advance to their next Cub Scout ranks....
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Turning Soda Cans into Clean Water – Cub Scout Pack 30, Troy PA

November 2023 Cub Scout Pack 30 in Troy, PA literally made trash into treasure in the fall of 2023, and helped their chartered organization remember a beloved member at the same time. Darrell Chumard, a long-time member of the Olde Covert Church in Troy, PA and the Four-Corners Hunting Camp, passed away in September. To honor his memory, friends and...
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Lifelong Leader, forged by Scouting – Brent Sharkey

October 2023 Brent Sharkey is a proud Eagle Scout, and it shows. Walk into his office at Hardinge, Inc. in Elmira, NY and his Eagle Scout certificate is right there on the wall. “I have my uniform in a shadowbox, it’s on my resume, my LinkedIn profile, everything,” he says. Brent is a successful entrepreneur and marketing executive who lives...
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