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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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Statement from Los Padres Council Scout Executive Carlos Cortez

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


As most of you know the Whittier Fire passed through Rancho Alegre Scout camp causing total destruction to the property. First and foremost, we are thankful that no youth members, adult volunteers or staff were harmed. The safety and well-being of our Scouts and staff is incredibly important to me personally and the BSA as a whole. The Whittier Fire has been devastating for the entire community and surrounding areas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected. 

I can confirm no youth members were present when the fire reached the camp. Upon spotting the fire, the staff at the camp immediately moved toward safe areas and vacated the property in time before the fire reached the camp. The fire devastated the property, and while we’re still processing the damage, we’re looking at how we can rebuild the camp. The 4 structures still standing are the dining hall, 1 cabin, small dinning structure at Larson’s Meadow and 1 dorm that was on fire and badly damaged. Everything has been burned down. The property means a lot to Scouting, youth and the community. Not only has it been the summer camping destination for countless Scouts for nearly a fifty years, it has forged memories and friendships for youth that will last a lifetime. It’s important to us that the tradition continues for years to come, so we are already working toward rebuilding the camp.  As we found the tribute plaque dedicated to Miss Clark, the donor of the ranch, we got a glimpse of hope for the future. We don’t yet know what the future view of the ranch means yet and what will be needed above the insurance coverage. What we are sure of is we are committed to not only getting Rancho Alegre back, but making it better than it’s ever been. Looking ahead we see this as an opportunity to make the updates the camp has needed for some time in order to serve our entire community and all of our families while displaying and enhancing our Scouting experience.

If you like to get involved please visit our website to donate or call our council office 805-967-0105 to dedicate yourself to the future of Scouting and Rancho Alegre. Your resources, knowledge and work will be all needed to set the path for our future. 




Status reports on the Whittier Fire have moved to their own page.  Click here to follow.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE:  On Sunday evening San Marcos Pass Road - Highway 154 was reopened after repairs.  People are cautioned not to stop and look at the fire.  We would ask that people NOT enter the camp property.  There is the possibility of downed power lines and other hazards that could cause serious injury or even be fatal.  Working with professionals, Camp Rangers will make the camp safe for those having legitimate business with the staff.  This is not a time for visiting or checking out the scene.  Staff has much work to complete for a safe environment.



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August 21, 2017

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OA Summer Ordeal

August 25-27, 2017

Registration Temporarily Suspended
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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

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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 Town Center Mall
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Santa Maria, CA 93454
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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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