Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of March 2015
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Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America

Fresno Distinguished Citizen Dinner



Matt and Mike DeFendis

DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance


Fresno, California

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reception 6:00 pm – Dinner 7:00pm


If you have question contact John Richers 6005 N. Tamera Avenue Fresno, CA  93711-3911 P: (559) 320-2100 ∙ F: (559) 320-2114
To register online at or get the flyer here:



So long, so long, so long, and thanks for all the gold


The Klondike Derby is a unique campout for Scouts and Scouters. We all enjoy camping but adding the cold weather element to it makes us take our game up a notch. Camping in cold and snowy weather is not much harder than normal camping, it just requires a bit more preparation ahead of time. Now even though there was no snow during the Klondike this year, Troops from inside and outside the Sequoia Council said they themselves had, “A fantastic campout and want to come again next year.” Although we had warmer weather this year, what makes the Klondike a memorable experience? Of course it was the hard work of all the troops, crews and other volunteers who made up our staff. They began work in the fall of 2014 to build towns and get events set up, we couldn’t make Klondike the renowned event that it is without them. Our thanks and appreciation go out to Troops 25, 76, 130, 354, Crew 195 and 35, Ship 63, Tah-Heetch Lodge’s Pohopoco Teme Chapter, NYLT and everyone else who volunteered.

FDL.png  New Aviation Exploring Post

Interested in learning about the world of Aviation? Want to challenge yourself with flight simulation training, open cockpit experience and learn from industry professionals? Then join our new Aviation Exploring Post sponsored by Friends/Chandler Pilots Association!!! They meet each Saturday at 10:00 am at Chandler Airport in Fresno. For more information, please contact Joseph Oldham at 559-797-6034 or at Please pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested! Our career-based Exploring program is co-ed for ages 14-20. Learn more about Exploring here


ALL.jpg  Cub Scout Day Camp – 2015 “Take Flight”

Summer is only 3 months away and so are our 2015 Cub Scout Day Camps. Day Camp is an exciting summertime activity that includes archery, BB guns, crafts, sports, and games. This weeklong program is held in an outdoor setting where families will be exposed to fun and adventure with a purpose! This years camps will follow our “Take Flight’ theme. For more information, please visit our website at

FDL.png Youth Protection Update

Thanks to the work of many and the leadership of our Youth Protection Champion and Council Commissioner Richard Schneider, Sequoia Council has made great progress in getting all of our adult volunteers youth protection trained. In July of 2014 only 44% of our adults volunteers were trained as compared to nearly 83% trained as of January 15, 2015. Our goal is 100%. Remember every two years we must retake the training. Now BSA reminder emails are sent to each of us as the expiration date approaches. We still can do face to face and group trainings so just give us a call if that is needed. And of course anyone can go online to take the training. See at the bottom of the front page. Thanks for all you do!”

FDL.png  Live Oak Camporee

The Live Oak district would like to invite all Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Varsity Scouts to attend the 2015 District Camporee. May 1-3 at Camp Wortman. Check-in will begin at 5:00 pm Friday with activities beginning Saturday morning. The cost is $12 on or before April 17, and $15 after April 17. Webelos are also invited to visit on Saturday afternoon to participate in the exciting events and enjoy a camporee dinner for $5. All Webelos must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact the Visalia Service Center at (559) 732-3424.

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 24 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 14 Scouts who earned their Eagle during the month of January in 2015!


Live Oak District:

Joshua Henshaw Troop 338

Riley Gerberick Troop 321

Gino Acevedo Troop 321


Riverbend District:

Tyler Kerr Troop 432

Ethan Thomas Troop 466

Terrence Ghigo Troop 413


San Joaquin District:

Ivan Rodriguez Troop 2

Tristan Looney Troop 301

McKay McLelland Troop 256

Riley Bennett Troop 256


Thunderbird District:

Garrett Lee Troop 118

Benjamin Smith Troop 29

Demos Gamble III Troop 117

Leif Brazell Troop 99

ALL.jpg  What’s Appening!

Check out a newly posted resource on the website, and look under Online Resources to see “Packs, Paddles and Poles”. This is a resource for places to go for camping and hiking. Thanks to the Order of the Arrow for publishing this resource each year. Enjoy!


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 Good Friday, our Fresno Service Center, Fresno Scout Shop, and Visalia Service Center will all be closed on Friday, April 3, 2015. We will reopen our Scout Shops on Saturday, April 4, 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



FDL.png  Trainers Edge – Saturday, May 16, 2015

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in Trainer’s Edge on Saturday, May 16 at the Selma LDS Building at 2370 Burnham Street. This course helps attendees develop effective teaching techniques in a Scouting setting. Each participant must prepare a 10-12 minute presentation before the start of course. Bring it

with you to present to your patrol. The subject of the presentation can be anything in the Scout Handbook or any other BSA program, i.e. Cub Scouts, Varsity, or Venturing. Bring a sack lunch or get a quick lunch from local area. Snacks & drinks will be provided. The fee is $5. This promises to be a great day of fun, learning and fellowship. For more information, please contact Erika Haro 559-320-2100 ext. 121 or visit our website at



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

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







FDL.png  San Joaquin Spring Camporee

MISSION imPOSSIBLE Friday, March 27 – 29, 2015

San Joaquin District will host their MISSION imPOSSIBLE Spring Camporee at Avocado Lake Park at 3625 N. Piedra Road, Piedra on Friday, March 27-29. All Boy Scouts are invited to attend and Webelos are encouraged to participate as well. The $10.00 fee per youth or adult includes a patch, lunch, and awards. For more information, please contact Erika Haro at 559-320-2100 ext. 121 or at





ALL.jpg  2015 Annual Riverbend District Dinner – Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Riverbend District invites you the 2015 Annual District Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Thursday, March 26. The reception begins at 6:00 pm with dinner and program immediately following at the Kingsburg Life Building at 1948 18th Avenue next door to Kingsburg High School. The cost is $12 and includes dinner, beverage and dessert. For more information, please contact Bobby Mollison at 559-320-2100 ext. 116 or at



ALL.jpg  Fresno Distinguished Citizens Dinner

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Sequoia Council is pleased to announce our honorees for the Fresno Distinguished Citizens Dinner, Matt and Mike DeFendis of DiBuduo and DeFendis Insurance. Join us on Tuesday, April 28 as Jim Pardini, Dinner Chair helps us host the evenings reception and dinner at Pardini’s in Fresno at 6:00 pm. Seats are still available. For more information, please contact John Richers at 559-320-2100 ext. 106 or



ALL.jpg  2015 Sporting Clays Classic – Saturday, May 9, 2015

Join us and participate in our third annual Sporting Clays Classic at Sun Mountain Gun Club on Saturday May 9th. Spread the word and act today to reserve your spot. Registrations will be accepted for individuals and corporate teams. Individuals will be squadded to form squads of five. Each person and squad who registers will receive a confirmation letter with final detailed information. Check-in and late registrations will be on-site, however only those persons receiving a confirmation letter from a pre-registration are guaranteed a spot to participate. Deadline for registration is: May 1st. Participants need to bring their own gun. Please note that hearing and eye protection are mandatory throughout the event. Special pricing for youth and adult partner team for only $200! Individual shooter fee is $125. For more information please contact John Richers at 559-320-2100 ext. 106 or



FDL.png  Start the Adventure Now! Webelos Adventure Camp  

Session 1: Friday, June 11-13, 2015 and

Session 2:Friday August 2-4, 2015

Webelos Adventure Camp at Camp Chawanakee is a chance for your son to get a taste of what Boy Scouts is really like. Each Webelos and his adult partner, called an Akela, will participate in Scout Show-n-Do activities. They will also share meals and enjoy a campfire program. The cost is $90 a pair (Webelos & Akela) and $45 for an adult with his/her den/pack. Each Webelos-Akela pair will receive a special patch that signifies their participation in this year’s Webelos Adventure Camp. For more information, please contact Jason Cruz at 559-260-7025 or at

ALL.jpg  Wood Badge – September 11-13 & 25-27, 2015

Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America. Wood Badge is leadership training for all Scout Leaders who are involved in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America – Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing, as well as council and district leaders, and professionals. The course fee is $250. A $50 deposit is due at the time the application is submitted. For more information please contact Pat Meyers, Course Director, at or at 559-454-0144.





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

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