Boy Scouts Honor Distinguished Volunteers With Highest Honor, Silver Beaver Award.

Horseheads, NY (January 28, 2018) – On Thursday night, January 24th at the Horseheads Elks Lodge, members of the Five Rivers Council, BSA gathered together for their annual meeting, dinner and court of honor to celebrate the outstanding achievements of many of their fellow units, scouts and dedicated volunteers.  Special among the awards and the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Silver Beaver Award.

The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Upon nomination by their local Scout council and with the approval of the National Court of Honor, recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it.

This year, the council presented the Silver Beaver award to three distinguished volunteers: John Collson, Ira Hale, and Peter Reif.

Other award distributed included:

Venturing Leadership Award: Chris Ziegenfus, Beth Gurnsey

Camping Award: Gorton: Bob Aho, Brule’: Joe Taylor

Social Inspiration Media Awards: Kalla Ziegenfus, Brian Spencer, Richard Lines

Rising Star Awards: Thunderbird:  Bruce Jackson, Andaste: Richard Lines, Indian Waters: Brian Spencer, Williamson Rd   Tom Miller

Top Popcorn Sales: Top Unit  3041 Indian Waters, Thunderbird:  Ryan Stanford, Williamson Rd.:  Jeff Yeuling, Indian Waters:  James German

Andaste: Elliot Roloson

Districts Journey to Excellence: Thunderbird:  Gold,  Indian Waters Gold, Williamson Rd. Silver, Andaste’: Bronze

William T Hornaday Award:  Andrew Joiner

Council Certificate of Merit: Karen Case, Casey Root

James West Award:  Antony Root

There were also various Tenure awards for Unit’s/ Chartering Organizations. Most notable is Troop 22 for 100 years of service. 

Five Rivers Council humbly applauds the continued selflessness of these terrific area volunteers as they help to keep bright the flame of Scouting.

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Since its inception in 1910, The Boy Scouts of America has been the Nation’s premier youth development organization with more than 100 million youth and adult members. The local Five Rivers Council, a United Way agency, serves youth across 10 counties in the Southern Tier of New York State and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.  Council adventure camps Gorton and Brulé operate in New York’s Finger Lakes region and the northern tier of Pennsylvania.

For more award information, please contact:

Gary Decker - Scout Executive for Five Rivers Council, BSA

C: (607) 742-3590 –  -

special thanks to Corning Incorporated and its employees for generations of support to Scouting

special thanks to the Corning Foundation for its continued support of Scouting through the Employee Matching Gifts and Dollars for Doers Programs 


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