Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America 
Sequoia E-News Month of December 2016


FDL.png  Camp Chawanakee Dining Hall

FDL.png  Council Silver Beavers Nomination Needed

The Sequoia Council is currently seeking nominations for Silver Beavers. This award is awarded to Scouters recognized as having provided noteworthy service at the Council level. Honorees will be recognized at our Council Annual Volunteer & Eagle Scout Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017.


Please submit your nominations to either Council office by December 31, 2016. You can find the nomination form at



FDL.png  Live Oak District Dinner

Please join us on Friday, January 27th at 6:00 pm for Live Oak’s District Dinner & Awards Night. The dinner will be held at the LDS Church at 650 N. Lovers Lane in Visalia. Join us as we honor our local leaders and Eagle Scouts. Dessert and drinks will be served for a $10 fee. For more information, please contact Delailah Fajardo-Rosencrans at 559-903-5158 or at


FDL.png Scout Mass

The Diocese of Fresno Catholic Committee on Scouting invites you to the annual Diocese Scout Mass on Saturday, February 4 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 Michale Phillips at 559-696-9101 or at     

FDL.png  Popcorn Sale 2016

Our popcorn sale has been very successful again this year with over $300,000 in local sales. Nearly a third of the sale is earned as commission by units to assist in running a quality program.


This year 75 top sellers are being invited to the Spin & Win event, a pizza party with prizes. This will be held on January 7th. (Top sellers were notified by email). The competition was tough this year with the seller ranked in the 75th position reporting at $800 in sales!  In addition, 53 Scouts recorded sales of over $1,000 each, earning them 2 tickets to see the new Star Wars: Rogue One movie when it comes out next month.


The Top Selling units were Troop 317 with $17,567 in sales and Pack 317 with $15,337 in retail sales.  The unit with the most online sales was Troop 317 with $970 in sales completed online. The Top Seller is Bryson Bales from Troop 60.  Bryson reported $10,119 in sales this year!  Great Job Bryson!




FDL.png  Journey To Excellence Update

For those that haven’t checked, Journey To Excellence percentages for units is now live in Tools.  Under tools, you can run a finish line report for each unit to get the percentages needed for their JTE report, it has membership, retention, advancement, good stuff.  No more guessing on a unit’s advancement or training status, it’s all there.  Please let your Unit Commissioners know.



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FDL.png  2017 Riverbend Webeloree

The Webeloree is a fun overnight outing for Webelos and their parents to enjoy. Working with Boy Scouts, Webelos will complete fun activities, gain new skills, learn about Boy Scouts and all while still continuing to complete requirements towards their rank advancement. Join us on Saturday, January 14 through Monday, the 16th at Kirch Flat Campground, located on Kings River above Pine Flat Reservoir. This event is open all Webelos in the Council for only $10. Each Webelo will receive a special patch that signifies their participation in this year’s Webeloree and each den has an opportunity to win ribbons to bring back to their pack which can be displayed on a pack or den flag. For more information, please contact Michael Gonzales at 559-816-1130 or   

FDL.png  Eagle Scouts

Congratulations to our 120 Scouts who earned their Eagle between the months of April and November of this year!


San Joaquin District:


Ryan Soldani Troop 86

Lorenzo Rios Troop 354

Zachary Jeackal Crew 6

John Bush Troop 61

Nathan Vang Troop 19

Daniel Hogue Troop 95

Brandon Clark Troop 130

Angel Reyes Troop 358

David Guaglianone Troop 60

Bee Vang Troop 19

Kristian Zamorano Troop 199

Alan Lor Troop 19

Jai Ja Lee Troop 19

Andres  Rugama Troop 119

Dominic Kemp Troop 60

Matthew Rogers Troop 95

Drake Baldwin Troop 130

Nevan Gonzalez Troop  223

Jacob Johnson Troop 60

Bransen Pass Crew 25

Scott Farrow Troop 223

Brett Sampson Troop 7

Jackson Ryu Kuramoto Troop 199

Conner  Sing Troop 199

Elijah Leonard Troop 199

Robert  Wong Troop 199
Matthew Amiott Team 6

Austin Nelson Crew 86

Ethan Nelson Crew 86

Matthew Riffel Crew 302

Austin Miller Troop 130

Paul Murphy Troop 25

Joshua Konior Troop 95

Ritchsarde Cisneros Troop 19

Ali Dadawalla Troop 86

John Austn Decker Troop 6

Seth Kisbye Troop 98

Peter Biedermann Troop 95

Samuel Crary Troop 223

Dayne Sorensen Troop  256

Chandler Ball Troop 61

Dewey  Robertson Troop 85

Gatlen Hockersmith Troop 302

Jacob Edwardson Troop 33

Benjamin Little Crew 299

David  Martinez Troop 302

Jacob Avedian Troop 257

Robert White Troop 257

John Bouchard Troop 130

Erik Hearne Troop 95

Jose Arzola Troop 358

Jeffrey Clancy Crew 86

Eric "Alex" Fusselman Troop 223

Kyle Emmi Troop 35

Kristian Jensen Crew 106

Jordan Nii Troop 199

Haidyn  Osborne Team 6

Zachary Stoker Crew 256

Aram "Alec" Hagopian Troop 130

Joshua Bertz Troop 95

Keith Konior Troop 95

John Robert Hancock Troop 8900

Aljandro Leon Troop 223           

Jack Kurtt Troop 301

James Leong Troop 130

Phillip McDoudal Troop 223

Thomas Marks-Noble Troop 223

Nathan " Seth"  Flandro Team 6

Tanner Remington Crew 6

Jarod Villarreal Troop 302

Thunderbird District:

Thomas Nishimoto Troop 116

Jared Christopherson Troop 29

Connor Hayes Troop 118

Jared Thelander Troop 118

Rex Hibbard Team 9

Shane Eckstein Troop 134

Dane Muccianti Troop 118

Michael Cagle Team 29

Dalen Hammond Troop 99

Dalin Haas Troop 134   

Joshua Weir Troop 134

Jason Weir Troop 134

Luke Howard Troop 118

Brendan Barnes Troop 331

Tyler Gails Team 3

Spencer May Crew 9


Live Oak District:

Ryan Mavis Troop 321

Noah Khal Troop 274

Matthew Minter Troop 124

Benjamin Alviso Troop 336

Brayden Wood Team 308

Enrique Rubio Troop 251

Christopher Hogan Troop 309

Sid Bradshaw Troop 336

Andrew Denison Team 336

Xavier Cantu Troop 321

Paul Flora Crew 235

Thomas Nebeker Troop 114


Riverbend District:

Joseph Nichols Troop 405

Joseph Camp Troop 392

Jordan  Hickey Troop 400

Klayton Rhoads Troop 432

Abel Garza Troop 480

Timothy Osterhoudt Troop 480

Nicolas Hollins Troop 390

Joseph Pallares Troop 390

Nicolay Nelson Troop 480

Logan Jones Troop 480

Kyle Jue Troop  480

William  Lucero Troop 172

Brent Skaggs Troop 172

Edward Stone III Troop 390

Boyd Fransen Team 405

Grant Orton Troop 461

Leon McDonald Troop 432

Nicolas Oberst Troop    466

Jean Pierre Ardans Troop 400

James Young, Jr. Troop  413

Guy Elliott Crew 172

Nicholas Kennedy Troop 480



FDL.png  Fresno Scout Shop Sale

Thorlo Sale – Buy 2 or more pairs of Thorlo hiking socks and get 25% of all pairs.  Offer good through December 31, 2016.


Clearance – A variety of clearance items have had their prices reduced even further.  There are too many items to list them all in a newsletter, but popular picks are the BSA Tanto Knife at $14.98 and Cub Scout frisbees at $1.98.  Prices good through January 29, 2017.


The Fresno Scout Shop hours are as follow: Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.



ALL.jpg  Fresno 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 first 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 Hours

Closed December 23 – 26, 2016

Closed at Noon December 30, 2016

Closed January 2, 2017


Fresno Scout Shop Hours

Closed December 24 – 26, 2016

Closed January 2, 2017


Visalia Trading Post Hours

Closed December 23 – 29, 2016

Closed at Noon December 30, 2016

Closed January 2, 2017




FDL.png  Cub Scout Pow Wow – Saturday, January 21

All registered Cub Scout Leaders and Assistant Leaders, potential leaders and interested parents are invited to attend our 2017 Cub Scout Pow Wow at the new location LDS Church 5685 N Cedar Ave in Fresno. It is an action-packed, 9:00 am to noon training event for Cub Scout Leaders and Pack Committee Members. You’ll spend the morning learning new ideas and having hands-on experiences that will help you deliver a fun-filled, exciting program to your Cub Scouts. Check-in is at 7:30 am. The event will begin at 9:00 am and run through noon. This is a free event! Just bring a bag lunch. For more information, please contact John Richers at 559- 320-2100 ext. 106 or email at


ALL.jpg  Klondike Derby – Friday, February 17 – Sunday, February 19, 2017

What a better way to experience Camp Chawanakee than in the snow! Join us for Klondike Derby from Friday, February 17 thru Sunday, February 19. This is a unique winter camping experience in the historic Alaskan Yukon using the patrol method. To get a discounted price of $18.00, please register by January 30, 2017. After this date, the registration fee will be $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 4, 2016 6:00 pm

The Sequoia Council would like to recognize our 2017 Silver Beaver recipients and other volunteers for various significant contributions. Eagle Scouts will also be recognized. This dinner is Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Swan Court Conference Center – Spike N Rail Steakhouse in Selma. Reception begins at 6:00pm with dinner immediately following. Tickets are now available for $26.00. For more information contact Albert Gallegos at 559-320-2100 ext. 122 or at





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Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America

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