Five Rivers Council Celebrates Eagle Scout Class of 2015-2016

Distinguished Guest and Eagle Scout, Gary Decker, Addresses Audience at Annual Recognition.

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 Gary Decker, Scout Executive and Eagle Scout, addressed the recent class of 2015-2016 Eagle Scouts during a program that highlighted scouting values. He shared his positive experiences in Scouting and how Scouting values helped him navigate college and other areas in his life. Decker and his wife Lisa have 2 children, Eagle Scout Matthew and Wolf Scout Gary. Decker holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Studies Education from the State of New York, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany. Prior to his scouting career, Decker held professional positions with the State of New York, Cornell University and the Century Council.

2015-2016 Eagle Scout Metrics:

  • 67 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout - 5 more than last year
  • 7% of our registered Boy Scouts - above the national average of 4%. 
  • Eagle Scout service projects contributed more than 3,000 hours of volunteer service back to our local communities, adding to the many thousands of service hours already provided by our Scouts and volunteer leaders.

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.

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 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.

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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