Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of April 2015
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  Sequoia Council Long Range Plan

The volunteers and professionals of the Sequoia Council have decided to become the best Scout Council in America. It will take some time and a lot of effort to reach this audacious goal. However, We Can Do It! The Sequoia Council is already a good council, but we are not the best council. The vision of what we will look like when we are the best Scout Council in America can be viewed at To become the best Scout Council in America we all are going to have to make some significant changes, including by way of example the way we think about Scouting, the way we fulfill our Scouting assignments, the way we communicate our message to our communities, the way professionals and volunteers interact, and the level of customer service that we provide to our units. We must improve if we are to become the best Scout Council in America. Can we become the best Scout Council in America?  WE CAN DO IT!


Just as the longest journey begins with a single step, our journey to become the best Scout Council in America will begin with some small steps that will help create the foundation and tradition to allow us to become the best Scout Council in America. For 2015 these will be our Focus Objectives:

1.     We will significantly increase the number of volunteers serving in the districts and the council. Each district will add at least 15 new volunteers. We will develop a strong Board of Directors that will insure the financial stability of the council and which is also representative of the council’s demographics.

2.     We will increase the number of units from 373 to 421. We will end 2015 with 7,000 youth members, up from 6,805. Our emphasis will be on new Cub Scouts and Cub Scout Units. We will retain at least 95% of our 2015 units and 75% of 2015 youth membership.

3.     We will increase our 2015 Friends of Scouting revenue to $500,000.

4.     We will provide appropriate training for each youth facing volunteer on an as needed basis. Our emphasis will be on new youth facing leaders to insure training within days of their registration. Youth leadership training will be the major training priority.

5.     We will provide awesome customer service to each unit by supporting their goals and efforts to deliver the promise of Scouting.

6.     We will increase or maintain our council Journey to Excellence score.

7.     We will complete the Camp Chawanakee Capital Campaign and begin construction of a new dining hall in 2015.


It has been very exciting to observe the positive response from volunteers and professionals alike. Specific action plans to achieve these focus area goals have been or are being submitted from operating committees and districts. What is even more exciting is to observe the improvements that change has already started to create. Here are a few:

·         Three districts have completed a Friendstorming process to identify prospects in their communities who should be recruited as district volunteers. Each district was able to identify 75 or more prospects. These districts are poised for successful district volunteer recruitment!

·         Last year only 42% of our registered adults had completed the required youth protection training. As of the date of this article 99% have completed the training. This number may lead the nation. It certainly qualifies us as one of the best Scout Councils in America with regards to youth protection training.

·         Last year at this time our overall Journey to Excellence score was 475. Today it is 950. This is due primarily to significant increases in our financial management score (+14%) and our training score (+7%). Seven of the 18 categories show improvement.

·         For the first time in anyone’s memory we have completed rechartering, except for 8 units, by mid-March. It looks like there will be about 26 dropped units from 2014. We expect to have these units replaced by June 30, 2015.

·         More than 375 people attended our annual awards banquet in Visalia.


These short term successes are due entirely to the cooperative efforts of both professionals and volunteers. We are very lucky to have quality professionals and volunteers. Without you all, we would have no hope of transforming our council into the best Scout Council in America.

Because of you when others ask, somewhat disbelievingly, can you do this? We can answer with confidence WE CAN DO IT!


Your Council Key 4




FDL.png  Fundraising Opportunities

Camp Cards

Our Camp Card Fundraiser is an easy way to raise money for your upcoming Spring and Summer outings or program and supply needs. Your unit makes 50% of each Camp Card sold and at a cost of $5.00 each. It is easy to get friends, family and the community to support you.  

Camp Cards are in-house and ready to be picked-up at the Fresno & Visalia Boy Scout Service Centers. To date, we have checked out 2,325 cards – limited quantities are available!  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to raise some funds. Call now and place your order.  For more information, please click here



Popcorn is our Fall fundraiser and this year we will be adding some additional incentives for all units. Now is the time to assign a Unit Kernel for the campaign and start planning for the Fall. More information coming soon!

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

ALL.jpg  Gone Home

We share the news with you that our good friend Allan Fisher passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the age of 81 in Visalia. Silver Buffalo Al Fisher was a past president of the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America, a long time board member and a long time board member of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


FDL.png  Unit Bank Accounts and Our Fiscal Policies

A Scout is thrifty. Learning to manage money is one of the ways the Boy Scouts prepare youth for life. Budgeting and earning money to accomplish goals through an approved council or unit project helps Scouts develop self-reliance and the skills of personal finance management. Unit funds should be deposited in a checking or savings account that requires two signatures on evert check or withdrawl. The unit leader should be one of the signees, but it is recommended it be a committee person. It could be that the unit leader have a petty cash fund (with the limit set by the committee) that is accounted for with receipts. For more information on our fiscal policy, please visit our website at


FDL.png Sequoia Council Camperall Save the Date!!!

Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25, 2015, Kearney Park, Fresno.

A Camperall is a Scouting event that provides an opportunity to bring together all of the Scouting programs for a weekend of fun! In attendance will be Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, and Explorers as well as visitors from the community. You can register as a unit or come as a family.

If you or your unit is interested in helping organize this amazing event, please contact John DuFresne at or Mark Chadwick at

FDL.png  Camperall Patch Design Contest

Calling all Patch Designers – The Camping Committee will be accepting designs for the 2015 Camperall Patch. Please submit by Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Please send all electronical submissions to


FDL.png  Riverbend District Dinner

Riverbend Distict Dinner was a hit. Congratulations to all the volunteers who received awards:

Rookie Den Leaders of the Year

Katy Clopper Pack 425, Talena Kerr Pack 432                 


Rookie Cubmaster of the Year

Darren Fouts Pack 425, Alven Guevara Pack 402


Rookie Scoutmaster of the Year

Brian Ball Troop 461                     


Scout Leaders of the Year

Angela Lopez Troop 282 and Pack 228, Richard Mynderup Pack 228,             

Robert Stuckey Troop 400              


Spirit Award

Stefanie Weathers Pack 392, Nicole Vandecaveye Troop 400, Nicole Carrillo Pack 392, Darcy Takacs Cub Roundtable Commissioner     


Scout Appreciation Award

Allison Zentner Pack 425, Patrick Turner Troop 390, John DeFore Crew 220 & Troop 282    


Cub Leader of the Year

Dave Tracy Pack 425, Jennifer Clifton Pack 392        


Scoutmaster of the Year

Ron Pack Troop 392           


Cubmaster of the Year

Paul Hyer Pack 461, Carmen Manganaan Pack 390   


Special Troop Recognition

James Myers and Troop 496    


William D Boyce Award

Katie Squire Pack 408, Michael Gonzales Troop 432


District Award of Merit

Jay and Michale Phillips Troop 392







FDL.png  Central California Camp Chawanakee Leader’s Meeting

As the cool winter nights fade away and the warmer days arrive we are reminded Summer Camp is just around the corner. It takes a lot to get ready for a regular weekend campout so when you go camping for a whole week it takes a lot more. If you are one of the 200+ Troops signed up to come to Camp Chawanakee this summer odds are good you’ve already started to get ready. There are classes to sign up for, Medical Forms to collect, and lots more. It can be a bit overwhelming especially if this is your first time up to camp. Thankfully, there is the Camp Leader’s Meetings where our Camp Management helps walk you through what to expect up at camp and how to “Be Prepared”. The Central Valley Leader’s Meeting will be held at the Fresno Scout Office on Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to hear about all the new things going on at camp and if you have questions get them answered. If you are unable to drive to Fresno you can also attend online. You can find more information about this and how to attend online here:

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 applications should be in the council office by no later than Friday, May 1, 2015. Once we receive a campership application we will send a confirmation email to let you know we received it. All 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  Congratulation Eagle Scouts!

Congratulations to our 11 Scouts who earned their Eagle during the month of February in 2015!


Live Oak District:

Estevan Franco-Bourez Troop 251

Devin White Troop 132

John Maxey Troop 251

Luke Kimball Team 80


Riverbend District:

Bryce Gage Crew 466


San Joaquin District:

Ronan Feigel Troop 302

Jeremy Alder Troop 101

Travis Veres Troop 6

Liam Niewohner Troop 257

Christopher Forestiere Troop 223

Richard Boone Troop 223

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 at the front counter and Angela Radovich will 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. 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  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  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



FDL.png  Live Oak Camporee – Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2015

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 Friday, 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  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: Friday, 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


ALL.jpg  11th Annual Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament –

Friday, June 5, 2015

Join us for the 11th Annual Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament at

Valley Oaks Golf Course in Visalia. Check-in begins at 11:00 am with lunch being served at 11:45 am lunch. This is a great event to support the Scouts while enjoying

an exciting day on the greens! For more information, please contact

Jessie Ruiz at 559-320-2100 ext. 122 or visit our website at

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 – Friday, September 11 - Sunday, September 13 and Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 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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