Many Hands and Sponsors Bring New Roof to Boy Scout’s Camp Gorton

Welliver, Duke Equipment, the Corning Building Company and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America donate time and resources to Five Rivers Council


Elmira, NY (June 14, 2017) – Many hands came together over the weekend of June 9-10 to make light work of the new roof installation on the Ambassador Lodge (headquarters building at Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake.  Thousands of visitors to “America’s finest scout camp” begin their daytime or overnight visit by passing through this important building. The Five Rivers Council, BSA expresses their deepest gratitude to all contributors on the project.

The large work party, consisting of 39 adult volunteers, was coordinated by the non-profit organization, Friends of Camp Gorton, Ltd.  Work began on Friday (June 9) and ended in high heat indexes on Saturday, June 10 after 12 hours of work.  The much-anticipated new roof project was completed on a highly efficient budget, saving the non-profit Scout organization thousands of dollars in labor and material costs.  These savings were due in large part to the volunteer workers and the following contributing partners:

Welliver, a fifth-generation, family-owned construction project management company, donated roofing materials and demolition support through a team of volunteers. Learn more about Welliver at http://www.buildwelliver.com/.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Union organized the bulk of the highly skilled and safety-minded volunteer labor to complete the project.  Learn more about the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America at https://www.carpenters.org/

Corning Building Company, the area’s trusted source for home improvements, building supplies and more since 1848, graciously offered the Boy Scouts discounted building supplies.  Learn more about The Corning Building Company athttp://corningbldg.com/. 

Duke Equipment, an equipment and supplies rental powerhouse, provided a much-appreciated forklift for the weekend. Learn more about Duke Equipment athttp://www.dukecompany.com/.

Founded in 1922 by the Steuben County Council on the west shore of Waneta Lake, Camp Gorton quickly outgrew its original home and was moved to the east shore in 1924 by Dr. William Gorton and Amory Houghton.  Today, Camp Gorton offers programs year-round for boys ages 5 to 21 and girls ages 14 to 21 which fully utilize the camp’s 336 acres and over 1000’ of shoreline.

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

The Five Rivers Council Facebook® page frequently showcases Eagle Scouts projects from throughout the Twin Tiers. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/frc.bsa.

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 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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