Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of January 2015
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FDL.png  Congratulations!

Congrats to all the units that rechartered on-time for 2015.

Below is the link to the spreadsheet that indicates in yellow all those units that made the December 31, 2014 deadline. Now your unit can avail of the camp incentive program as explained in this letter

Raise more in Friends of Scouting (FOS) than in the year 2014. Do this by May 1, 2015. To see your FOS Family history click here or if you are LDS click here

Upon achieving the incentive, your Scouts will receive $25.00 off Camp Chawanakee weeks 2-8 and $20.00 off Camp Chawanakee weeks 1 or 9. Also $25.00 off for National Youth Leadership Training. For Day Camps get 10% the registration fee.

ALL.jpg  Scout Mass

As The Diocese of Fresno Catholic Committee on Scouting invites you to the annual Diocese Scout Mass on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 am. The mass will be celebrated by Most Revered Bishop Armando X. Ochoa at St. John’s Cathedral at 2814 Mariposa Street in Fresno. All boys and girls are invited to attend! Scouts are to be in full class “A” uniform. Scouts that have earned religious emblems will receive them after they have been blessed, before the final procession. There will be a cookie reception immediately following. Please bring some to share! For more information, please contact John O’Rourke at 559-222-7200 or at


ALL.jpg  Camperships Applications

All Scouts should experience the “wonderful world of camping” that Cub and Boy Scouting has to offer. The Sequoia Council is committed to ensuring that Scouts have the opportunity to attend camp, and as such, we provide scholarships to those in need to help them realize their camping dream. All units are encouraged to participate in the annual popcorn sale and camp cards to help Scouts earn the money necessary to attend Boy Scout Summer Camp or Cub Scout Day Camp.

Campership application should be in the council office by no later than May 1, 2015. Once we receive a campership application we will send a confirmation email to let you know we received it. After the due date is passed all the applications will be reviewed and letters will be sent out to the families to let you know how much you will be receiving. In the case of summer camp we will also send a copy to the troop contact leader letting them know as well. For your convenience, we are offering an electronic copy of the campership which you can fill out online this year.

FDL.png  2017 Jamboree

The Sequoia Council Jamboree Committee is preparing for the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree that will be held July 19 - 28 2017. This will be the second Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Reserve located near Glen Jean, West Virginia. Adult leaders wishing to be considered for a leadership role must complete an application. In addition to the adult leadership positions described on the attached application, a very important position is the 3rd Assistant Scoutmaster. That position is to be filled by a junior leader who will be between the ages of 18 and 21 at the time of the Jamboree.


Due to the huge success we had in 2013, we will again be bringing a Venture Patrol (and perhaps two Patrols) along with our Jamboree Troop. Click here for the application and return it to either Scout Office no later than February 27, 2015.


After we have received all the applications, we will hold evening interviews to meet the candidates and pick our team for 2017.


FDL.png  Congratulation Eagle Scouts!

Congratulations to our 9 Scouts who earned their Eagle during the month of November!


Live Oak District:

David Paskwietz Troop 124

Douglas Kazmier Troop 317

Luis Briones Troop 132

Finn Linderman Troop 340


San Joaquin District:

Tyler Strebel Troop 19

Ethan Stokes Troop 33

Connor Poulsen Troop 256

Jared Nef Troop 101

Justin Mulvey Troop 257

ALL.jpg  New Extended Hours

Beginning January 1st, the Fresno Scout Office will be open until 6:00 pm each day Monday through Friday. After 5:00 pm, when you come into the foyer, simply ring the service bell on the front counter and Angela will come from the back office area to assist you.


Instead of an app this month we wanted to begin sharing some online resources with you. is just one example of the many resources for your Scouting program you can find online. Looking for ideas for a Camporee? Want to know more about nature games for your Scouts? There is just about something for everything if you just search for it. Hopefully can help improve the quality of your district roundtable. Give us your ideas too and we can publish them in this newsletter.

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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our Fresno Service Center, Fresno Scout Shop, and Visalia Service Center will all be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:00 am for your convenience.


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 Klondike Winter Awareness – Saturday, January 10

Klondike Winter Awareness Training is a training designed to prepare your troop for cold weather camping. Snow camping of all kinds are covered and this training will specifically touch on the upcoming Klondike at Camp Chawanakee. The training is designed for Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leaders and there is no registration needed. Training will begin at 9:00 am at the Clovis Veteran’s Memorial. If you have additional questions, please contact Joseph Potthast at (559) 320-2100 ext. 107 or 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.




FDL.png  Adult Leader Training – Saturday, March 7 &14, 2015

New to Scouting? We will be offering 2 Adult Leader Trainings in the Spring. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at San Joaquin Valley College, Fresno, CA Campus. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at San Joaquin Valley College, Visalia, CA Campus. These trainings are open to all new leaders. Registration will be from 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




null  Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation – BALOO Saturday, March 7 & 14, 2015

These trainings are open to all new leaders. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at San Joaquin Valley College, Visalia, CA Campus. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at San Joaquin Valley College, Fresno, CA Campus. Registration will be from 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



 Commissioners Basic Training – Saturday, March 21

We will be holding our annual Commissioners Basic Training at the Fresno Service Center. This training will provide an orientation to new Commissioners about how to successfully coach a unit forward. 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



null Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – Friday, March 20 – 21, 2015

Registration begins at 6:00 pm. Training runs through Saturday, March 21 at Mooney’s Grove Park in Visalia. All new Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Venture leaders are encouraged to participate. This is an overnight training. For more information, please contact Erika Haro 559-320-2100 ext. 121 or visit our website at




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. Prices start at $17 and 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 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




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 6:00 pm. Dinner and program at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available for $26.00. For more information contact Jessie Ruiz at 559-320-2100 ext. 122 or at





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