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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.

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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.

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Statement from Los Padres Council Scout Executive Carlos Cortez

Friday, August 11, 2017


Scouts, Scouters, Friends, Families and Community Leaders,

Yesterday marked 1 month that the Whittier fire moved itself through Rancho Alegre and we are still dealing with basic infrastructure issues. We thank you all for the support you have afforded us during these difficult times. We are now in the starting the cleaning planning process and the discussion of what to build for the future. Our board is committed to providing a place where memories and leaders will be built for the next 100 years.

As we move ourselves into the planning process we need your help. We need as many pictures as you are willing to share with us of the structures that existed before. If you are willing to share those with us please post them on our Los Padres Council Facebook page.

We will also need some expertise on construction and nature. If you are willing to talk to us about possibly helping us manage this large project, please email me with your expertise and company name. We have a vision of the possibilities and like to get help on setting them down on paper.

Here is a video taken by drone of what the main part of camp at Rancho Alegre now looks like. Thank you for your ongoing support and leadership, we will come back and be set to keep developing leaders out of young people.

Thank you,

Carlos Cortez
Scout Executive/CEO
Los Padres Council, BSA



Top:  Larsen Meadow:  From the devastation, life is returning
The flower of hope for the Ranch's future!

Middle:  Dining Hall - Frank Lodge survived the fire.

Middle:  Larsen Meadow - Julie's Joint and Pavillion survived

Bottom:  View from the top of the hill

For more photos:

To read an August 9th NoozHawk newspaper article on future plans for the rebuilding of Rancho Alegre, click here.


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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Earn the
Solar Eclipse Patch

August 21, 2017

Learn how you can earn
this special patch this summer.

Click here.

Safety Tips and Suggestions for the Eclipse

Nuclear Science Merit Badge



Saturday, September 23
9 am - 1 pm

P G & E Education Center, Avila Beach

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Wilderness First aid

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Saturday, September 30 AND Saturday, October 1

Atascadero Scout House

Sign up before the September 1st Deadline

Cub Scout Uniform Sale
in effect now at all
Los Padres Council

Click here for your savings

Jamboree on the Air
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October 20-22, 2017

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Cub Scout Summertime Award

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Check out how you can earn these activity awards this summer - click on the link.

NESA is offering scholarships.
Deadline is October 31, 2017

$690,000 available
150 scholarships possible

Learn More
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Save the Date:  October 14, 2017

What is it?  Click here for more information.

OA Summer Ordeal

August 25-27, 2017

Registration Temporarily Suspended
Because of the Whittier Fire Impact


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Lodge Dues Flap 2017

2017 OA Dues

$15 for Calendar Year 2017


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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.

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Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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

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4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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Closed Saturday & Sunday

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Santa Maria Town Center Mall
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Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office:(805) 925-1955
Fax:(805) 925-9206
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Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours: 10 am to 1:30 pm;

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7350 El Camino Real, Suite #201
Atascadero, CA 93422
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