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Unique Winter Biathlon Program Garners National Exposure for Fiver Rivers Council

Camp Gorton Backdrop a Fixture in the Finger Lakes Region

Elmira, NY, December 23rd, 2013 – Local Boy Scouts of America organization Five Rivers Council is celebrating national recognition by way of the most recent January/February issue of Scouting, a nationally distributed adult leadership and programming development magazine.  The cover story and 5-page article highlights a unique Venturing winter biathlon event held at popular Five Rivers Council and Finger Lakes adventure facility Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake in Dundee, NY.

As described in the article and accompanying photos, the Venturing Biathlon is a series of outdoor shooting and skiing events.  After completing a required NRA and BSA gun safety course, participants are exposed to a variety of pistols, rifles, and shotguns where they enjoy hands-on experience in a controlled shooting range.  Venturers are given a lesson on skiing and snowshoeing, and weather permitting, can use them in the competition.  The Scouting Magazine article emphasizes the importance of staying fit in winter months and maintaining safety procedures as well as the dedication of local volunteer educators.  While the event brought in participants from all over the Northeast region, Venturers and leaders are featured from Athens, PA and Corning, Elmira and Dundee, NY. The article can be found in the January-February issue of Scouting Magazine or read online here.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or otherwise 14 through 20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.  Those interested in joining or learning more may go to

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 of all types across 10 Counties in the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.  Council camps Gorton and Brulé operate in New York and Pennsylvania respectively, hosting year-round adventure and leadership development programming.

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