Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of February 2015
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FDL.png  2015 Silver Beaver Recipients

On behalf of Silver Beaver Committee Chair Tim Brox and Council President Jan Perkins: Congratulations to Sequoia Council’s 2014 Silver Beaver Award recipients!


           John Dufresne

           Paul Andrew Gage

           Mark Millett

           Alison Moon

           Mike Moore

           Alan Preston

           Brent Thompson

           Marty Zeeb


Please join us at the Council Annual Volunteer and Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner where we will honor them on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Visalia. For more information and reservation, please visit our website

ALL.jpg  Free Fishing Rod and Tackle Kit!!!

We call it Hooked on Scouting. Any new boy who joins Cub Scouts from January 1, 2015 on will receive a Zebco fishing rod and reel and tackle kit. All the boy must do is complete the youth application and turn it in to the Pack with the required fees for the national membership plus any other dues required by the Pack. Our district volunteers and professionals have the fishing rods on hand for immediate delivery. Spread the word! If for some reason a new Cub is not interesting in fishing, they can return the rod to Herb Bauer Sporting Goods in Fresno for a store credit. Thanks to Herb Bauer for partnering with the Sequoia Council, BSA on this project.

FDL.pngCongratulations Liam

Congratulations to Troop 257’s Liam Niewohner of Fresno for completion of his amazing Eagle Scout Project at Valley Children’s Hospital. Liam worked with the hospital to create a training course for mobility challenged youth. The course is designed to help youth who are in wheelchairs or need walkers, crutches, or other items to assist their mobility. The hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, January 19th to celebrate the opening of the course.

FDL.png  Local Hero-USS Zumwalt Patch

The USS Zumwalt is a guided missile destroyer christened on April 12th 2014 by the United States Navy. She is the lead ship of the Zumwalt class and the first ship to be named after Admiral “Elmo” Zumwalt, a graduate and Valedictorian of Tulare Union High School in Tulare California. Zumwalt was the Commander of Naval Forces during the Vietnam War and is also the youngest man ever to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. In his 32 years of military service, Zumwalt played a major role in U.S. military history. Loved by those who served under him, Admiral Zumwalt reformed Navy personnel policies in an effort to improve enlisted life and ease racial tensions and gender discrimination. Among his many decorations was that of the Navy’s Distinguished Service Medal. He was also an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Admiral Zumwalt passed away in January of 2000 but his legacy lives on in today’s United States Navy.


The Sequoia Council is proud to recognize this Valley Hero and feature the USS Zumwalt in this year’s 2015 Friends of Scouting Patch. 

FDL.png  Food Drive

San Joaquin District held a Scouting for Food drive January 10th. Attached is the amount of food donated to the Salvation Army by local San Joaquin District Units. Thanks to everyone who helped out and to everyone who donated.

ALL.jpg  Explorer Post 355 Wins Big

Congratulations to the participants in Explorer Post 355, Clovis Police Department for their wonderful awards banquet held Saturday, January 24,2015. Over 100 people were in attendance to celebrate the Explorer Post’s accomplishments over the past year. Highlights included awards for individual explorers, recognition for their competition teams who placed 1st overall at an event in Ripon, and 4th in an event in Paso Robles, and promotions of several of the post’s youth officers.


FDL.png  Civics Day Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Thunderbird’s 90th Annual Civics Day will be held on Wednesday, February 4th at 12 pm at the Madera Methodist Church at 500 Sunset Avenue in Madera. The annual event begins with a luncheon at noon. After the luncheon, local boy scouts are given the opportunity to job shadow civic leaders in their daily professions for the remainder of the afternoon.

ALL.jpg  Campership Opportunity

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  Jamboree 2017

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 15 Scouts who earned their Eagle during the month of December in 2014!


Live Oak District:

Michael Merzoian Troop 132

Nathaniel Stewart Troop 309

Alexander Galvan Troop 251

Tucker Rowley Troop 251/Crew 304

Tyler Kimball Team 80


Riverbend District:

Hunter Gibbons Troop 466


San Joaquin District:

Samuel Fernandez Troop 24

Tyler McCauley Troop 256

Noah Greenlaw Troop 86


Thunderbird District:

Kevin Rindlisbacher Troop 29

T.A. Lindblom Troop 116

Nathan Lynch Troop 316

William Cosyns Troop 118

Mark Cavallero Troop 118

Daniel Bryan Troop 117

ALL.jpg  What’s Appening!

Tree Identification: Try Arbolapp for identifying trees. This is one of many identifiers out on the web. Your Scouts can turn their smart phone into a hand held resource for so many outdoor skills and references. It is a part of the future of Scouting.

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.

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 President’s Day, our Fresno Service Center, Fresno Scout Shop, and Visalia Service Center will all be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 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  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  Scout Mass – Saturday, February 7, 2015

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








FDL.png  Thunderbird District Court of Honor – Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Thunderbird District will hold their annual district court of honor on Saturday, February 7 at 10 am at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, in Oakhurst, CA. This year’s host troop is Troop 316 from Oakhurst. Troops from across the district gather for this annual court of honor to give recognition to their scouts and to compete for the Spirit Award. The troop that walks away the spirit award for 2015 will be the host troop for next year’s event. For more information, please contact Priscilla Cullers at 559-320-2100 or at


ALL.jpg  Live Oak District Dinner – Friday, February 13, 2015

Live Oak District invites you to the 2015 Annual District Volunteer Recognition Dinner at Friday, February 13, 2015. The Reception will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner and program immediately following at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 451 E. Merritt in Tulare. Come to recognize your fellow leaders, congratulate the District Award of Merit Recipients and recognize all Journey to Excellence Units. The cost is $10.00 per person. For more information, please contact Erin Hayden at 559-732-3424 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. The registration fee is $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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