Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of October 2014
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ALL.jpg  Fresno State Football Scout Night

Saturday, September 20 was our first Fresno State Football Scout Night. We had over 70 Scouters in attendance to watch the Bulldogs beat Southern Utah 56-16. A special thank you to Scoutmaster Jay Phillips, Pack and Troop 392 from Kingsburg, who participated in the opening ceremonies with the presentation of the Flags.




ALL.jpg  Announcement

The Sequoia Council is very excited to announce the addition to our Scout Family. Priscilla Cullers, Senior District Executive for Thunderbird District, and her husband Shaun welcomed their new bundle of joy on July 28. Brianna Nicole Cullers weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces. Brianna joins her big sister Chloe, 3 years old.


ALL.jpg  Farewell Doug

After 27 years as Camp Chawanakee‘s Facilities Director Doug Aubushon has decided to retire from the BSA. Doug has accepted an offer from California Fish and Wildlife here in Fresno. Please mark your calendars as we honor Doug with a reception on Tuesday October 28, 2014 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Pardini’s Restaurant on Shaw Avenue in Fresno. We wish Doug the best for his future and thank him for his many years making Camp Chawanakee a premier summer camp for scouts and families.



FDL.png Generate $3k Lightening Fast for Scouting Activities

Are you a Troop or Pack who hasn't tackled popcorn yet?

If yes, we want to create a custom, behind-the-scenes, no-brainer campaign to create funds for Scouting activities for your unit this year.


This is a super easy method to make additional money that your friends and family can help you with. NO RISK!


The Math

So if you motivate 25 Scouts to sell $350 online each - you'd pocket $3k into your account for 2015 activities! And you could choose right now to ask those 25 Scouts to do so. All online. Totally doable.


More Activity Money this Year?

More Yosemite day hikes, More Alcatraz, More Kayaking, More Summer Camp at Camp Chawanakee on mountain bikes no less, because this money is earmarked for Scouting activities.


No Inventory, Just Online

Ask your Scout families to step up and process an ultra-fast method to contribute financially to your Troop or Pack this online only, inventory free, piece of cake campaign that funds Troop Activities This Year.


And our Scouts here at the Sequoia Council can manage an Online Campaign like they eat toast in the morning. Right?  All that Mindcraft time is finally going to add up.


All you need is a login and 15 minutes to do a down and dirty email campaign to an audience who wants to support your Scout in their development endeavors. 



1. Go to, to create an account.

2. Click on 'Spread the Word' to get your unique link to send emails (or post link on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.).

3. Watch your Online Sales grow!!!




FDL.png Lost and Found

Each summer we generate quite a bit of “Lost and Found” at Camp Chawanakee (we always encourage units to come and search the lost and found at the camp office by Friday afternoon). Anyway, after camp we bring everything to the Fresno Office and try to identify names and troops so that we can mail back lost Scout Handbooks, wallets, you name it! The following is a nice little note (just as it was written) that we received from a Scout in the bay area who lost his book…


Dear Camp Chawanakee:

Thank you very much for returning my lost scout book. I lost it on the fourth day and couldn’t find it at all for the rest of the week. Thanks you again for sending it back to me. I really liked Camp Chawanakee very much it was so much fun! I took a canoe out on the lake. It was so much fun! I was really tired after though. The views were amazing. Especially at nighttime and the morning. The red sun was a mazing! I liked the classes they were really fun. I took the trails and fishing. I liked that there was free time unlike (we took the name of the other camp out). I really liked Camp Chawanakee and hope to come back soon! Once again thank you so much for returning my scout book back to me.

Your Scout,

Benjamin P.







ALL.jpg  ”Fun With a Purpose”

It has come to our attention that some unit newsletters and websites may be using the phrase “Fun With a Purpose” as a promotional slogan for Scouting programs, particularly Cub Scout-related activities. It is not clear when or why this phrase was first used in Scouting, but we are now seeking units’, and especially volunteers’, cooperation in winding down use of the phrase. As you may know, “Fun With a Purpose” is a registered trademark of Highlights for Children, Inc., which publishes Highlights magazine, and we wish to respect that organization’s trademark rights.


In cooperation with BSA’s Marketing and Member Care departments, we are working to educate your volunteers about this matter and ask them to stop using “Fun With a Purpose” as a promotional slogan for Scouting activities. In the coming weeks, we will begin communicating that message via social media, the “Bryan on Scouting” blog, and, as space allows, in the print version of Scouting magazine. We believe this is the most direct, least burdensome method of reaching those who are the driving force behind unit newsletters and websites—volunteers.







ALL.jpg  Local Non-Profit Seeks Scout Help

Central CA Big Band Dance Society is a non-profit organization that sponsors dance/music events for the local community.  Our events are monthly at Fresno Hotel Conference Center (formerly The Radisson).  One Sunday each month we prepare two salons at the Hotel for our Dance.  We are looking for 2 or 3 Eagle Scout volunteers who could help us for a minimum of 2 hours each month. Sundays between 9:30 and 11:30 AM. For more information, please contact Gloria Heinrichs at or at 559-801-6308.





ALL.jpg  What’s Your Story

We invite you to share your story with us. Email a short write up to share your incredible Scouting stories with us. And don’t forget to include your photos. A picture says a thousand words. Please send all emails to Delailah Fajardo-Rosencrans at We’d love to hear what you’re doing!






Every young person in the Scouting Program needs and deserves a leader who understands the aims of the program and knows how to deliver it with enthusiasm and fun – in short, a trained leader.



FDL.png Adult Leader Training – October 11 & 18, 2014

New to Scouting? We will be offering 2 Adult Leader Trainings this Fall. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at San Joaquin Valley College, Visalia, CA Campus. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at San Joaquin Valley College, Fresno, CA Campus. These trainings are open to all new leaders. Registration will be at 7:30 am to 8:00 am with courses beginning at 8:00 am. For more information, please contact Erika Haro at 559-320-2100 ext. 121 or visit our website  at






FDL.png Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation – BALOO Saturday, October 11 & 18, 2014

These trainings are open to all new leaders. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at San Joaquin Valley College, Visalia, CA Campus. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at San Joaquin Valley College, Fresno, CA Campus. Registration will be at 7:30 am to 8:00 am with courses beginning at 8:00 am. For more information, please contact Erika Haro 559-320-2100 ext. 121 or visit our website at





CommissionerService.gifCollege of Commissioner Science – October 18, 2014

All Commissioners including Roundtable staff are encouraged and welcome to attend. This trainings goal is to further involve Commissioners in providing support to units in their delivery of a quality program experience for all youth in Scouting. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at San Joaquin Valley College, Fresno, CA Campus. Registration will begin at 7:30 am, with courses running from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, please contact John Richers 559-320-2100 ext. 106 or visit our website at







FDL.png  Thunderbird District Fall 2014 Camporee Camp Pacifica – Friday, October 10 – 12, 2014

Attention All Boy Scouts! Thunderbird District’s Fall 2014 Camporee begins on Friday, October 10 at Camp Pacifica located at 45895 California 49, Ahwahnee, CA. All Boy Scouts are encouraged to participate. Registration fee is $10 per Scout or adult. For more information contact Cynthia Ruiz at 559-320-2100 ext 100 or visit our website at

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FDL.png  Popcorn Mid-Sale Rally – Saturday, October 11, 2014

Don’t Miss Out!!! Come celebrate the halfway point of this year’s popcorn sale with dinner, fun games and prizes at John’s Incredible Pizza, 7095 North Cedar Avenue in Fresno on Saturday, October 11 at 5:00 pm. Just sell $600 of product and turn in a log of your show & sell totals, a copy of your take order form, or on-line sales report by Thursday, October 9, 2014 to the Fresno or Visalia Scout Service Centers. The Council will provide each qualifying Scout and an accompanying adult to a buffet ticket. Awards presentation will begin sharply at 5:15 pm. Additional family members are welcome to attend at a special discounted price. For more information contact the Fresno Service Center at 559-320-2110 or Visalia Service Center at 559-732-3424.





FDL.png San Joaquin Fall 2014 Camporee Superhero Showdown – Friday, October 31 – November 2, 2014

Attention All Boy Scouts! Be a part of San Joaquin Districts Fall Camporee at Choinumni Park. Webelos are encouraged to participate and camp with a Boy Scout Troop. Registration fee is $10 per Scout or adult. For more information contact Erika Haro at 559-320-2100 ext 121 or visit our website at



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ALL.jpg Scout ArtHop! – Thursday, November 6, 2014 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Calling all Scouting Artists and Memorabilia Enthusiasts! During the month of November 2014, Peeve’s Public House & Local Market and Sequoia Council, BSA will be hosting a Boy Scout theme for their monthly ArtHop collection. This collection will be on display the entire month of November by highlighting the BSA and helping scouts achieve the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge.


To make this happen, we need your help! If you are creative minded please help out by submitting your artwork for display.  This can include any of the following items:

         Clothing or Apparel

         Art – Prints, Paintings, Sculpture, etc.

         Photography – All Mediums

         And don’t forget: Patches


Items need to be able to be on display the full month. If necessary, items can be on display for a shorter time; however please indicate that prior to submission. Items need to be framed and/or ready to display on the walls by November 3, 2014. For more information contact Erika Haro at 559-393-5667 or at





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Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America

6005 North Tamera Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711 559-320-2100

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