On June 3, 1973, representatives from eight lodges from Area III-B and III-F met at the Moraine Trails Council office in Butler, PA and formed Section NE-5C. The first section conclave was hosted by Nachamawat Lodge #275 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
As a result of the Northeast Region Realignment of 1988, Monaken Lodge #103 from NE-5B and Ho-Nan-Ne-Ho-Ont Lodge #165 from NE-2C were added, making a total of ten lodges in the newly formed Section NE-5. From 1989-97, NE Section Five consisted of ten lodges from New York to West Virginia and covered the western half of Pennsylvania. Gyantwachia Lodge #255 hosted the first Section Five conclave in 1989 at Custaloga Town Scout Reservation.
In 1993, Kiasutha Lodge #57 and Tanacharison Lodge #67 merged to form Enda Lechauhanne Lodge #57. As a result of the 1994 region realignment, Ahtuhquog Lodge #540 re-joined its brothers from Area 3-F, and Section Five was back to 10 lodges.