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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.



Saturday, September 30 - 5:30 pm
Solvang Theaterfest

THANK YOU to everyone who made this event possible and who attended to help with the Rebuilding of Rancho Alegre.


Three of the Council's five Districts have announced major community dinners in the winter months.  Please join us at one or more of these events which recognize outstanding Scouting and Community Friends of Scouting as well as raise endowment and camp rebuilding funds for the Council.

South Coast District:

Scouting:  A Celebration of Youth will take place at the Santa Barbara Club, 1109 Chapala Street on Thursday, October 19.  Individual Tickets are $150 for this event.  Local Businessman and Community Leader Bob Bryant will be recognized with the Good Scout Award.  For more information or to make online registration, click here.

Del Norte District:

There will be an Evening of Celebration Honoring John Hamon with the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and the Paso Robles Children's Museum with the Vanguard Award.  This event is at Dark Star Cellars on Wednesday, October 18 beginning at 6:30 pm.  Your support of this this event will help the Los Padres Council get through the devastation of the Whittier Fire at Rancho Alegre.  For online registration and more information, please click here.

Camino Real District:  

Major Member Event Honoring Jim Lewis  with the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach.  Individual Tickets are $150 for this event.  For more information or to make online registrations for this event, click here.

To learn more about any of these opportunities to benefit Scouting, please click on the graphic or link

Statement from Los Padres Council Scout Executive Carlos Cortez

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Friends, Partners and Family

It has been 60 days since the Whittier fire moved itself through Rancho Alegre and destroyed our beautiful camp. We thank you all for the support you have afforded us during these difficult times. We still have basic infrastructure issues as we have been unable to start the cleanup and reconstruction process. We did finally get the water well temporarily repaired, but are unable to run water up to the tank due to leakage in the system. We are hoping on starting the cleaning process this month as we are also having discussion of what to build for the future.

We have a great vision of how to support our communities, families and youth in the future and are now putting into action as we try to identify the company to manage this project for us.

We are planning an open house of Rancho Alegre in its current state for those of you that like to visit soon. We will also have some service time available for those of you who have expressed interest in coming to Rancho Alegre to work. In addition, we will have several fundraising opportunities that include dinner events, country western concert and naming rights on structures. Stay connected to our Facebook and webpage for future opportunities. 

Thank you for your commitment to our youth and communities. Your friendship and support will have a lasting impact on Los Padres Council, Rancho Alegre and the Outdoor School. 

Thank you,

Carlos Cortez
Scout Executive/CEO
Los Padres Council, BSA




Top:  View from the top of the hill

Left Photo:  Chapel Area after fire

Right Photo:  Climbing Tower Area after fire

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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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Please join me in extending our very best wishes to Larry Edwards as he begins his retirement and begins a new chapter in his life.  Larry’s last working day with the council was Friday, September 15, 2017.  Larry has been an integral part as the Ranger of Los Padres Council ever since 1994.  It is difficult if not impossible to sum up Larry’s achievements over twenty-three years of dedicated service.  His contributions will always be valued and remembered. 
Larry’s hard work, commitment, and dedication to Scouting are worthy of admiration.  Larry will be greatly missed by both Scouts and Scouters alike.  We have all benefited from Larry’s “can do” attitude that has made Rancho Alegre a much better place during his employment with the council.  Filling Larry’s shoes is an almost impossible task. 
As a tribute, Los Padres Council has asked Larry if he would allow us to recognize his contributions to both Rancho Alegre and Los Padres Council with a farewell party.  Once Larry and his family make that decision, we will share the details and hope that you will join in the celebration of an esteemed employee and a great person. 
On behalf of everyone with Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America, I would like to wish Larry the best of luck.  Larry has shared that he is eager to catch up on traveling and spending time with his family, as well as being a Scout volunteer.  Congratulations to both Larry and his family for his wonderful accomplishments and service to our council. 
Yours in Scouting, 
Carlos Cortez 
Scout Executive & CEO 


Los Padres News - October 2017 Issue

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Cell Phones while driving

Pledge to never, ever use your phone while driving, because #ItCanWait

Aimed at Youth, but Adults should set the example

Read more about BSA's effort to reduce cell phone and texting whild driving - Take the Pledge.

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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October 21, 2017

‘’Because of the fires in the state, PG&E must postpone its Electricity merit badge on October 21st. PG&E will be working with the Council to set a new date in the near future. We will work with the registrants to move their registrations to that date.’’



October 22, 2017, 12:30-4:00

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum


NESA is offering scholarships.
Deadline is October 31, 2017

$690,000 available
150 scholarships possible

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Save the Date:  October 14, 2017

What is it?  Click here for more information.

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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Santa Barbara Service Center
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4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Office:(805) 967-0105
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Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Santa Maria Service Center
Santa Maria Town Center Mall
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Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office:(805) 925-1955
Fax:(805) 925-9206
Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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
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Lunch daily from 2:00-2:30 pm

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