Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of November 2015
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ALL.jpg  Sid Cox to be Honoed at Distinguished Citizens Luncheon

The Sequoia Council will be honoring Sid Cox at this year’s Distinguished Citizens Luncheon on Tuesday, November 24 at Harris Ranch Restaurant Ballroom. The reception begins at 11:00 am with lunch immediately following at noon. Tickets are still available. For more information, please contact John Richers at 559-320-2100 ext. 106 or

FDL.png  Pack 65’s Successful Recruitment Night

Congratulations to Pack 65 from Auberry for their terrific recruiting efforts. The Pack hosted their very own carnival at the library where they meet complete with games, food, and an informational booth. This successful and fun event earned them 11 new youth and 2 new adults who signed up that night, and several others who would sign up at the following meeting. What a great idea to show off the fun of Cub Scouts!


FDL.png  Camp Chawanakee News

A wonderful Camperall was held at Camp on the weekend of October 23-25, 2015 with nearly 900 participants. Hat's off to chairman Mark Chadwick and his committee. A number of our Cub Scouts got a firsthand look at Camp Chawanakee, a vision of things to come in their Boy Scout careers ahead. Many of you saw the 11 new log cabins at Camp. These are available for weekend and week use. Just go to and click on the icon "Cabins at Chawanakee" and check availability. As well, most folks got a chance to see the land clearing for the new dining hall located near the current dining hall and occupying the camp that as Yosemite. Yosemite was moved to the Scoutcraft area earlier this year. There is a "Go Fund Me" account set up for the dining hall so please consider a donation to help us get the project fully funding. The plan is to begin construction in the spring of 2016 and the hall will take about 16 weeks to build. For further information about giving, please contact CEO/Scout Executive John Richers at 559-320-2100 or

FDL.png  Congratulations to our Commissioners

The Sequoia Council would like to congratulate our Commissioners who participated in the College of Commissioner Science on Saturday, October 17. We had a great turnout.


The following degrees were awarded:

·        5 Bachelors

·        3 Masters

·        2 Doctorates


We also had 4 Commissioners earn their Commissioner Belt Buckle and 1 Commissioner earn their Commissioner Science Knot Award.


A BIG Thank You to our staff of 20 who helped make this training such a success!


FDL.png  Ajay Davis Earns his Eagle


Congrats to Ajay Davis who earned his Eagle Rank on August 12, 2015 and celebrated with a Court of Honor on October 11


FDL.png  Cub Scout Adventure in Advancement

Message from our Council Advancement Chair, Lora Scott: As we start the new school year many Packs are also starting their calendars. There have been changes made to the Cub Scout program, primarily in terminology from working on Achievements to Having Adventures. Notice in both terms there is an action; we are not an organization of bench warmers or just showing up to receive recognition. How our Scouts receive recognition is by exploring the Adventures to earn their badge of rank, Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light. It is important that these Rank Advancements be earned and reported to the Council by filling out the Advancement record online. This record is important and will follow the Scout through his Scouting career.

There is concern in our council regarding Cub Scout Advancement. We are seeing only 60% of all Cub Scouts advancing their rank, down over 20% from last year. If there were ranks earned that have not been reported, please do so now. If the record-keeping seems to be a bit overwhelming, see if there is another adult that can help.  This is for the boys we serve.

FDL.png  Monthly Chuckle


FDL.png  Harry Tow

Last month on Thursday, October 26th at the Visalia Country Club, the Sequoia Council honored Harry Tow. It was a wonderful evening with family, friends and community leaders supporting our Distinguished Citizen.

Pictured below: Marty Zeeb, Honoree Harry Tow, Mary T. Hill, and John Richers




FDL.png  Mid Sale Rally Winners

Congratulations to our winner at our Popcorn Mid Sale Rally at John’s Incredible Pizza.

Left: Bryson Bales     Middle: Mid Sale Rally Group   Right: Scott Dutcher



FDL.png  Congratulation Eagle Scouts!

Congratulations to our 8 Scouts who earned their Eagle during the month of September!


San Joaquin District:

Trever Zeuner-Troop 130

Cameron Herman-Troop 354

Brandon Walker-Troop 007

Nathaniel  Sever-Troop 007

Isaac Baumheckler-Troop 60

Jesse Traskin-Troop 301

Collin Parker-Troop 130

Kyle Khus-Flores-Troop 95





FDL.png  Scout Shop Promotion



The Fresno Scout Shop hours are as follow: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursdays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

ALL.jpg  Fresno Extended Hours

The Fresno Scout Office is now 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 for assistance.


ALL.jpg  Visalia Extended Hours

For your convenience, the Visalia Office and Trading Post will be open late the third Thursday of each month until 7:00 pm.


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 your story!


ALL.jpg  Upcoming Closed Days

In honor of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving we will be adhering to the following schedule:


Fresno and Visalia Office

Closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Closed November 26 – 27 2015

Reopen on Monday, November 30 at 9:00 am


Fresno Scout Shop

Closed November 26 – 27 2015

Reopen on Saturday, November 28 at 9:00 am


Visalia Trading Post

Closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Closed November 26 – 27 2015

Reopen on Monday, November 30 at 10:00 am



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  Winter Awareness Training for Klondike – December 5, 2015

New It is time to start planning for the 2016 Klondike Derby to be held on February 19 – 21, 2015, at Camp Chawanakee in Shaver Lake California.  


Success at the Klondike Derby is all about preparation.  We will do our best to help you prepare your unit for this Scouting Adventure.  The Unit Leader, Assistant Unit Leaders, Top Youth, and other interested persons need to attend Winter Awareness Training at the Clovis Veterans Memorial at 808 4th Street in Clovis on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00am to noon. Don’t miss this opportunity to get important information about how to safely prepare for an overnight snow camping activity.  You will also hear from event organizers on important tips to prepare for the activities.





CommissionerService.gif Commissioner Basic Training – Saturday, December 12, 2015

Commissioners Basic Training will provide an orientation to new Commissioners about how to successfully coach a unit forward. This training is Saturday, December 12 at the LDS Church in Selma at 2370 Burnam Street. 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






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Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America

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