Scout Service Center

Scout Service Center

Service Center Access Limited: Due to construction on Water Street and the current absence of a sidewalk in front of our building access to the Service Center is very limited. Parking is an additional challenge. Please call the office before coming in so we can help get you to and into the building through the side door.

Please email any orders to Shirley Blakeman and Mary Jane Russell or call the office at 607-732-9047 to make arrangements. Sorry for any inconvenience.

The Five Rivers Council Scout Shop has been closed. The Service Center has been moved to the Main Office in Elmira, NY. We will continue to carry advancement and limited uniforming items. We encourage you to get your Scouting materials online at Scout Shop, the BSA National Online Store.

For Advancement items:

Send a copy (pdf) of your Advancement Report/Purchase Order (available in Internet Advancement) to:

Click here (don’t forget to attach the file(‘s)).

This can not be a link. You must attach your pdf file or scan or photo image of the advancement report. 

The Council can not and will not click on any link sent in.

Someone will get in contact with you shortly regarding availability and/or timeframes.

We will also give you the total cost. You can pay via Unit Account, Credit Card, or Check

You can pick it up at the Main office when it is ready or discuss other arrangements with staff.

Shipping maybe an option ($5 minimum shipping fee)

For Event Registration

The Five Rivers Council has online event registration and payment setup for all events. These are accessible through the Council Calendar.

If you choose to use paper registration, you can email in (Click here) or mail in (use the address below) your registration.

If emailing remember to include the registration form filled out and how you would like to pay for it.


NOTE there is no sign on the outside of the building. You will have to push the button for General Visitors to gain access to the building

Five Rivers Council

244 West Water St.

Elmira, NY 14901


Hours of Operation:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm

or by appointment (call 607-732-9047)

The Service Center is not open for casual browsing of inventory at this time.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are a great way to support a Scout. Gift Certificates are good for 1 year from date of purchase and can be used on anything from Summer Camp to patches to membership. NOTE: The gift certificates are only valid in the Five Rivers Council and purchases made in the Five Rivers Council.

Click here to purchase

Scout Shop to Service Center

The Five Rivers Council, after a comprehensive review of finances and operations, has made the difficult decision to transform our Scout Store into a Service Center. This process will be implemented over the next several months.

What does this mean:

We will be moving away from being a primary retailer for Scouting items and moving towards all units using We will be focusing mainly on providing services towards our Scouting families and Units. As a part of this, we will be combining the Service Center into the Main Office in Elmira.


Where do I buy my uniforms and patches?

We will carry the most commonly sold sizes of uniforms and the necessary patches during the recruitment season. Once they sell out, we will not be carrying them during the rest of the year. You would need to order them online at


Where do I buy advancement and awards?

We will still be carrying limited quantities of these items. If you need more than 1 or 2, you will need to order them through the Service Center. All orders will need to be paid for in advance.


Will you be selling Handbooks and Merit Badge Books?

Handbooks will be maintained in minimal quantities. We have found that many Scouters are using Scoutbook, digital purchase through Kindle, and other internet resources instead of purchasing handbooks.

BSA has already announced that they are no longer printing Merit Badge Books and they will be available only through digital download at


What services will be offered?

We will still be offering the same services that the Scout Store has always provided: processing applications, event registration and payment, facility rentals, recharter processing, production of recruitment fliers, etc.


Why was this decision made?

No one has been unaffected in these financially challenging times, and that includes the Five Rivers Council.  Unfortunately, our Scout Store location has been operating at a significant loss for several years.  While we understand that there are benefits to having a local retail location, it is not financially feasible or responsible for us to continue operating this way.

Council Registration and Refund Policies (Click here for a downloadable version)

Due to advance planning, staffing and purchasing necessary to conduct quality Scouting activities, the following policy is in effect regarding refunds:

A participant is not registered for an event until all event fees are paid in full.

A portion of each event participant’s registration fee is non-refundable. Non-refundable registrant fees are outlined:

Registrant fee of $24 or less, $5 is non-refundable.

Registrant fee of $25 – $99, $10 is non-refundable.

Registrant fee of $100 or more, 15% of the fee is non-refundable.


  • If an event is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.
  • All refund requests must be made in writing and submitted to the Five Rivers Council Business Manager by the person requesting the refund. Requests will be reviewed, and if approved by the Council Business Manager or Scout Executive, a refund will be issued.
  • If a refund is requested in writing at least 14 days prior to the start of the event* a full refund, less non-refundable fees as outlined above, will be issued. If a refund is requested in writing less than 14 days prior to the event*, a 50% refund will be issued.
  • Beginning with the day an event starts, there will be no refunds. For emergency situations (illness or injury with written documentation by a medical doctor or parent or guardian, a death in the family or unexpected relocation of the family), a 50% refund will be issued.
  • All refund requests must be made before the event or, for emergency situations only, during the event or on the business day following the event. Requests made after that time will not be honored.

***This policy as written applies to all council and district events except Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp and Boy Scout Summer Camp.

***This policy does not apply to National, Regional, Area or out of Council events that may have their own cancellation policy.

***Approved refunds will only be made by check or applied to the unit’s account at the Scout Shop.

***Approved refunds will be made payable to the person/unit in which the payment was originally received.