Five Rivers Council Celebrates Eagle Scout Class of 2013-2014

Distinguished Guest, Carl T. Hayden, Esq., Addresses Audience at Annual Recognition Dinner, May 14 

Elmira, NY (May 15, 2014) – They say, “you’re only as good as the company you keep” and in the case of last night’s Five Rivers Council, BSA annual Eagle Scout recognition dinner, the guest list was impressive.  Special guest speaker Carl Hayden, Chairman of the Board of the State University of New York and Chancellor Emeritus of New York State Board of Regents, addressed the recent class of 2013-2014 Eagle Scouts during a program that highlighted the efforts of the Twin Tiers’ best young men.

He shared his positive experiences in Scouting during the program, including being the proud father of two Eagle Scouts. Hayden earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Cornell Law School where he was president of the Law Student Association, and was a very successful attorney for decades in Elmira, retiring in 2012. Too extensive for a press release, a full biography of Chancellor Emeritus Hayden may be requested via email:

Eagle Scout is the highest youth award available through the Boy Scouts of America.  Eagle Scouts work diligently throughout their Scouting careers to achieve this distinguished accomplishment, earning elective and required merit badges and orchestrating a comprehensive, volunteer-based community service project.  Eagle Scouts embody the values of Scouting and vow to live their lives in accordance with the Scout Oath and Law.  An Eagle Scout is Prepared. For Life.

In recognition of their dedication and hard work, Five Rivers Council annually hosts this outstanding meal and program for any Scout who was awarded the rank of Eagle in the prior year.  If you would like to sponsor an Eagle Scout’s dinner in the future, please contact Karen Stark at

The Five Rivers Council facebook® page continually showcases Eagle Scouts projects from throughout the Twin Tiers. Learn more at

To learn more about the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing programs, visit 

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 the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.  Council adventure camps Gorton and Brulé operate in New York’s Finger Lakes region and Northern Pennsylvania respectively, hosting year-round adventure and leadership development programming.


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