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Dear Scouting Family and Community,

We are living through incredibly tragic events of the recent mudslide and impact from rock debris in our community.  The Thomas Fire left the mountainous backcountry bare and exposed the way for the flooding and mudslides to precipitate.  A roaring mudslide descended and emerged from the overflowing creeks, uprooting and sweeping the sleeping neighborhood of Montecito on an early morning of January 9, 2018.

Our hearts are pouring out for those families who lost their loved ones.  Our precious world slid beneath our foothold of those charming neighborhoods in Montecito claiming the lives of David Cantin, John McManigal, and Roy Rohter (father of Andrea Krautmann and grandfather of Sam Krautmann).  David Cantin’s son Jack, an Eagle Scout, is still missing.

Our council was devastated by the news of the loss of life for the Cantin, McManigal and Rohter families.  So many lives were shattered in those frightening few moments.  Blessed are those who were searched out and rescued by brave responders who held their emotions rummaging through piles of debris ready to respond in time of need.  One defining moment was the rescue of David’s daughter, Lauren Cantin, covered in mud, so very brave while trapped underneath the debris.

Nothing but prayers with ceaseless outpouring of love can give us any solace under these circumstances.  When tragedy hits so close to home, we must pray with deepest compassion for relief and solace. We are a family and our challenges will be conquered together as one.

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on.  Such is the fragility of nature and life.

As we continue to hold our family in our thoughts and prayers, the following GoFundMe pages have been established to offer financial support for both the Cantin and McManigal families:

For the David Cantin family –

For the John McManigal family – 

Carlos Cortez
CEO/Scout Executive
Los Padres Council
Boy Scouts of America

Investing in Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America creates opportunities for youth to gain memorable experiences and be instilled with values, principles, and skills that will help them develop into the future leaders of our nation. By contributing to Los Padres Council, you will have a profound impact on our community and America. More youth will experience the program that will further instill values and character in their moral fiber.

Support provided to local councils is used for scholarships, program supplies for youth activities, volunteer training, and camp and service center maintenance. Additionally, local councils provides local units with program materials, resources and support of their Scouting program. Funding provided to Los Padres Council is used for the development of program materials and resources, infrastructure support for local units, and development and training of both professional and volunteers.

Here is a short video on what we can accomplish with your support.

When you are ready to contribute visit this link and make an impact.

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Whittier Fire Fund:

Official Los Padres Council Fund for the Re-Building of Rancho Alegre

On July 8, 2017, the Whittier Fire broke out about 1:30 pm. The winds drove the flames over the camp destroying most of the structures ot both the Main Camp and at Larsen Meadow. Rancho Alegre has been the Council's home camp for 52 years.

There is insurance, but additional funds are needed to bring the camp back on line. To make a difference, please donate today.

Friends of Scouting

It's a new year!!! The beginning of our 2017 Friends of Scouting Campaign. Thank you for all that you do for Scouting!

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To learn more about this year's FOS campaign and to make your donation and/or pledge, click on the the button above.

Status reports, prior official statements, and pertinent information about the Whittier Fire have moved to their own page. Click here to follow.


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Check out details of special religious services in your area during February 2018 on our
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February is Blue & Gold Banquet Month

Check out what is available at your local Scout Office to make your Blue and Gold Dinner a colorful festive event.

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2018 Order of the Arrow Dues

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Promoting Scouting Events on the Website and in the Newsletter

Los Padres Council will only promote approved Scouting events on its website, in its newsletter, and in social media. If you have any question about approval, contact either Carlos Cortez ( or Scott Oldenburg?(

Copy, fliers, forms, and photographs should be sent to volunteer Webmaster ( Please send this material well in advance of the event.

Los Padres Council
Serving Scouting in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

(805) 967-0105; fax: (805) 967-5094

Council Service Centers

Santa Barbara Service Center
Main Administrative Office
4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Office:(805) 967-0105
Fax:(805) 967-5094
Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Santa Maria Service Center
Santa Maria Town Center Mall
229 Town Center Mall (2nd Floor)
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office:(805) 925-1955
Fax:(805) 925-9206
Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday,Friday

Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday

Hours: 10 am to 1:30 pm;

Closed Sunday

Atascadero Service Center
7350 El Camino Real, Suite #201
Atascadero, CA 93422
Office: (805) 461-4018
Fax:(805) 461-4021

Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Lunch daily from 2:00-2:30 pm

Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday