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 http://www.seqbsa.org/enews/015-04-Yes_We_Can.pdf
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:
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.
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.
We will increase our 2015 Friends of Scouting revenue to $500,000.
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.
We will provide awesome customer service to each unit by supporting
their goals and efforts to deliver the promise of Scouting.
We will increase or maintain our council Journey to Excellence
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
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
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!
Cub Scout Day Camp – 2015 “Take
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 http://www.seqbsa.org/Day%20Camp.htm
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.
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 http://www.seqbsa.org/PDFS/TroopFiscalFAQ.pdf
Sequoia Council Camperall – Save the Date!!!
Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25, 2015, Kearney
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark
Chadwick at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Stefanie Weathers Pack 392, Nicole Vandecaveye
Troop 400, Nicole Carrillo Pack 392, Darcy Takacs Cub Roundtable
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
Scoutmaster of the Year
Ron Pack Troop 392
Cubmaster of the Year
Paul Hyer Pack 461, Carmen Manganaan Pack
Special Troop Recognition
James Myers and Troop 496
William D Boyce Award
Katie Squire Pack 408, Michael Gonzales Troop
District Award of Merit
Jay and Michale Phillips Troop 392
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: http://www.chawanakee.com/Calendar.cfm?Event=129.
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
Congratulation Eagle Scouts!
Congratulations to our 11 Scouts who earned their Eagle during
the month of February in 2015!
Live Oak District:
Franco-Bourez Troop 251
Devin White Troop 132
John Maxey Troop 251
Luke Kimball Team 80
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
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
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 email@example.com
We’d love to hear what you’re
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.
Trainers Edge – Saturday, May 16,
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 http://www.seqbsa.org/Training.htm.
Fresno Distinguished Citizens Dinner –
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
11th Annual Eagle Invitational Golf
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
exciting day on the greens! For more information, please contact
Jessie Ruiz at 559-320-2100 ext.
122 or visit our website at
Adventure Now! Webelos Adventure Camp
Session 1: Friday, June 11-13, 2015 and
Session 2:Friday August 2-4, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wood Badge – Friday, September 11 -
Sunday, September 13 and Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27,
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 email@example.com or
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