Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of December 2014
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Special Edition with Steve Royster



Steve Royster is Retiring

Although Steve Royster is not saying farewell to Scouting completely, he will be hanging up his professional patch. After 40 years in the profession, Steve is retiring as Assistant Scout Executive effective December 31, 2014. Steve took some time out of his busy schedule to sit and chat with our Council President, David Gilmore. Here are some of the highlights of their conversation.


When and how did your Scouting career begin?   

I graduated from College in June of 1974. I met with my Pastor about my future plans and he suggested the Boy Scouts. I met a friend who set up an interview.  After a few months of volunteer work I was hired. December 2nd, 1974 was my hire date. I started my career as an Associate District Executive in the Orange County Council, Santa Ana, CA


What is your most memorable youth Scouting moment? 

I was a Life Scout. As a 16 year old I completed a 50 mile 6 day hike on the Silver Knapsack Trail out of Camp Whitsett near Kernville, CA. It was really tough, but I have great memories. I have been back and hiked part of that trail again.


How has Scouting influenced your adult life? 

I have always been a pretty good person. My parents were positive role models that taught us good values. I have always been active in church and been a person of faith. Scouting fit right in with my lifestyle. I believe that Scouting helps young adults head in the right direction. Scouting helped me become more positive, self-confident and a people person.


What was your favorite professional position in Scouting? 

Scout Executive.  There is no job better in the Professional Service of the BSA.  I was really challenged being the top council employee responsible for staff, hundreds of volunteers and youth members.  I loved the administration and organization of the council operations.  And meeting new people was great.  Scouting people are the best. 


How does it feel to have 2 of your children follow your career path in to Scouting? 

I am very proud of my children. All three have college degrees, are married to great spouses and in good careers. Our oldest daughter Stefany is the Sequoia Council registrar and does an excellent job. She is really dedicated to her work and her family.  She has been a pleasure to work with. Our son Andrew is the Exploring Director in the San Diego Imperial County Council, BSA. He has had a very successful career in Santa Barbara and now San Diego. I am so happy with his success. Our daughter Emily was a BSA ScoutReach mentor and is now an excellent teacher in Fresno.


What is your most memorable professional Scouting moment?

Completing the Capital Campaign in 2002 to build the Sequoia Council Pete P Peters Scout Service Center.  The council had leased an office building for 16 years and needed a permanent home.  The volunteer leadership and supporters made this campaign and building effort a huge achievement for the council.  Being part of each step in designing and watching the building being built was very exciting. 


What will you miss most about the Sequoia Council? 

My friends and fellow scouters. In my two experiences in Sequoia Council I have met and worked with great people. Scout leaders, parents, staff, Rotarians, business leaders, supporters and veteran scouters. All together make Sequoia Scouting the best. 


What are you most excited about retirement?

Relaxing and traveling. Changing the pace of my life. Enjoying time with my wife and family. Finding hobbies I have not had time to do.


On behalf of the Sequoia Council, we would like to thank Steve for his time here with us. You have been instrumental in spreading/expanding the Scouting movement throughout the Central Valley and have helped shape our Council into a community we are proud to be a part of. You have touched our lives with your professionalism, strength and dedication and we are forever blessed.



ALL.jpg  Welcome Phillip

 We are pleased to announce that Phillip Sharp assumed the role of Facilities Manager for Sequoia Council. This of course, fills the position when Doug retired. Phillip has worked the past several summers as Doug’s assistant at Camp Chawanakee so we are fortunate to have his working knowledge. Phillip and his son reside at the ranger house in Shaver Lake Village. In his role, Phillip is also responsible for the overall facilities of Camp Chawanakee, Camp Wortman, the Visalia and Fresno Scout service centers and the ranger’s house at Shaver Lake Village. Phillip’s staff leader is John Richers. Please join us in welcoming Phillip. He has the same cell number as Doug 559-288-2676 and his email is You can pick up one of his business cards at either service center. Welcome Phillip!”

ALL.jpg  Personnel News

As we wish Steve Royster fair winds as he retires from the professional service after 40 years of dedicated service, we welcome Ernest Espinoza to our team. Effective January 1, 2015, Ernest joins the Sequoia Council as our new Assistant Scout Executive. Ernest has enjoyed a growing career with the BSA and served several councils in Texas and currently is on the staff in Chicago. Ernest is bilingual - Spanish and has served on various Wood Badge staffs including a Spanish language course at Philmont. He and his family are looking forward to relocating to the central valley. He will arrive first and his family will join him after school in June. Please extend a warm Sequoia welcome to Ernest.


ALL.jpg  Fresno State Basketball Welcomes the Scouts

The Fresno State men's basketball team welcomes San Diego to the Save Mart Center on Saturday, January 3rd for a special Scout Night! Discount tickets start at just $13 for Scouts, friends, and family and include a meal voucher good for a hot dog and soda. Troops of 10 or more will be recognized on the video board. For more information on tickets and to purchase, please contact David Searles at (559) 278-1102 or


FDL.png  San Joaquin Camporee

Scouts and Leaders at the San Joaquin District Camporee performed service at Choinumni Park in Fresno County. Members of Boy Scout Troops and even a few Cub Scouts from all over the district worked for several hours to plant dozens of new trees for the park. Here you can see campers lowering the saplings into the holes and even freeing the roots to ensure these trees will grow and last a lifetime.

FDL.png  District Award of Merit Application

This is a reminder to submit your District Award of Merit applications to your District Executive. We ask that you submit applications at least 60 days prior to your Districts Recognition Dinner. Considering that each district dinner is scheduled differently throughout the year, be sure to ask your leadership for this date. This will give your districts nominating committee ample time to review the applications.

FDL.png Silver Beaver Nomination Forms Due

It is that time of year where we ask for your assistance in nominating outstanding volunteers to be awarded with the Sequoia Council Silver Beaver Award. Please submit your completed nomination forms to either Fresno or Visalia Service Center no later than Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Nomination forms can be found at For more information, please contact John Richers at

FDL.png Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising

We continue to have a ton of confusion when it comes to Eagle Scout service project fundraising. The Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising Application must be used in obtaining approval for service project fundraising or securing donations of materials. Be sure to send the completed form to either Scout Service Center, where it will be routed to those responsible for approval. For more information, please visit our website at

FDL.png Congratulation Eagle Scouts!

Congratulations to our 38 Scouts who earned their Eagle during the months of September and October!


Live Oak District:

Dallin Hagman Troop 338

Benjamin Anderson Troop 317

Jared Bigelow Troop 336


Riverbend District:

Sean Ruzicka Troop 425

Eric Dudley Troop 413

Thomas Bond Troop 413

Robert Geiger Troop 480

Daniel Nichols Troop 405


San Joaquin District:

Zachary Yetman Troop 301

Magnus Swanson Troop 301

Paul Smith II Troop 35

Josh Squire Troop 60

Moroni Myers Crew 106

Charles Garabedian III Troop 4

Aaron Mahowald Troop 130

Brandon Tillinghast Troop 4

James Self Troop 101

Timothy Martin Jr. Troop 4

Alexander Davis Troop 110

Gregory Velasquez Troop 60

Clifford Fisher Troop 7

Mclane Christensen Troop 86

Tyson Bowen Troop 86

Timothy O’Rourke Troop 223

Cory Hunter Crew 6

Justin Sotolongo Troop 86

Dillon McCauley Troop 256

Blake McCauley Troop 256

Preston Farnsworth Troop 16

Cana Palmer Troop 301

Jacob Gonzalez Troop 301

Carter Clausen Crew 6

Evan Cameron Troop 223

Christopher Azali Troop 301

Quartermaster Award: Patrick Thompson Ship 4


Thunderbird District:

Bradley Flores Troop 118

Tyler Ebersole Team 331

Aaron Mulkey Troop 316

FDL.png  Popcorn Deadlines

Our 2014 popcorn campaign is coming to a close. The following dates are important deadlines to remember:


·         Friday, December 5 Last day for extra 1% commission

·         Friday, December 12 – All popcorn money due to council offices by 5:00 pm

·         Saturday, December 13 – Commission to Scouting units reduced by 10% for unpaid balances


ALL.jpg   Camp Wortman Update

Camp Wortman will be winterized in early December. The camp is still accessible and units are still able to camp, however there will not be accessible water and campers will need to provide their own. For those who camp at Camp Wortman, the council has patches and coins available for sale.


FDL.png  Warning!

We wanted to take a moment to make everyone aware of some of the legal issues connected to Scout units having tee shirts, caps, sweatshirts, patches and the like personalized for your Scouts. The federal consumer product safety act of 2008 has certain protections to make sure young people are not exposed to heavy metals and other potential carcinogens that may be in threads, inks and paints used in personalized or specialty products that are “created” by youth groups such as Scout units. To that end, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) did very thorough due diligence and has established a small group of companies who contract with BSA Supply to provide personalized items to the Scouting family. Bottom line is this: if your Scout unit uses any outside vendor for your specialty items, your Scout unit assumes all risk and liability if there is a finding. BSA nor Sequoia Council can protect you. If your Scout unit uses BSA Supply via the Scout Shop, you are covered and protected by the BSA. If you have any questions, please contact us.


ALL.jpg  What’s “APP”ening

Peterson Backyard Birds. A field guide. This is a well know birding source. Quickly identify over 160 common birds seen in the backyards of North America, with Roger Tory Peterson's innovative identification system, time-tested illustrations, and our unique display of similar looking birds for fast visual comparison. The initial app is free and upgrades are available. Check it out for you and your Scouts!

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!




ALL.jpg  Upcoming CLOSED Days

In honor of the holiday season, the following schedules will be followed:


Fresno and Visalia Office Hours

Closed December 24 – 26, 2014

Closed at Noon December 31, 2014

Closed January 1, 2015


Fresno Scout Shop Hours

Closed December 24 – 25, 2014

Closed January 1, 2015


Visalia Trading Post Hours

Closed for Inventory December 16 – 18, 2014

Closed December 24 – 26, 2014

Closed at Noon December 31, 2014

Closed January 1, 2015



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.

 Commissioner Basic Training – Saturday, December 13, 2014

Commissioners Basic Training will provide an orientation to new Commissioners about how to successfully coach a unit forward. This training is Saturday, December 13 at the LDS Church in Selma at 2370 Burnam Street. All Commissioners and Roundtable Staff are welcomed to attend. Registration will begin at 7:30 am with courses beginning at 8:00 am. For more information, please contact John Richers at 559- 320-2100 ext. 106 or visit our website at






FDL.png Cub Scout Pow Wow  – “Boys Need Heroes” – Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pow Wow is an action-packed, all-day training event for Cub Scout Leaders and Pack Committee Members. You will spend the day learning new ideas and having hands-on experiences that will help you deliver a full-filled, exciting program to your Cub Scouts with an emphasis on STEM. This training will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the LDS Church in Selma at 2370 Burnam Street. The cost is $15. Registration begins at 7:30 am with courses immediately following at 8:00 am. For more information, please contact Erika Haro at 559-320-2100 ext. 121.





ALL.jpg  The Original Harlem Globetrotters – Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:00 pm

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2015 World Tour to the Save Mart Center in Fresno on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Now in their 89th consecutive season of touring the world, the Harlem Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features amazing basketball entertainers such as Ant Atkinson, Big Easy Lofton, and Flight Time Lang. Purchase your discounted tickets now that start at $17 that include a patch. Special Scout Experience available to top ticket sellers. To order tickets contact Kim Selover at 1-800-641-4667 ext. 134 or email her at





ALL.jpg  Council Annual Volunteer and Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner – Saturday, March 7, 2015 6:00 pm

The Sequoia Council would like to recognize our 2015 Silver Beaver recipients and other volunteers for various significant contributions. Eagle Scouts will also be recognized. This dinner is Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Visalia Hotel and Conference Center. Reception begins at 6:00pm with dinner immediately following. Tickets are available for $26.00. For more information contact Jessie Ruiz at 559-320-2100 ext. 122 or at






ALL.jpg  Klondike Derby – Friday, February 20 - Sunday, February 22, 2015

What a better way to experience Camp Chawanakee than in the snow! Join us for Klondike Derby from Friday, February 20 thru Sunday, February 22. This is a unique winter camping experience in the historic Alaskan Yukon using the patrol method. To get a discounted price of $18 and help us plan a quality program, please register by January 31, 2015. After this date, the registration fee will be $26.00. For more information please contact Joseph Potthast at 559-320-2100 ext. 107 or





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