What’s Happening at Rancho Alegre?
Rebuilding OUR Camp
On July 8, 2017, at approximately 1:40 pm a fire broke out on adjacent property to Rancho Alegre. The Whittier Fire quickly spread and within one hour much of Rancho Alegre was ablaze.
As a result of that fire, we were forced to cancel Boy Scout Advancement Camp for 2017 and all resident camp and activities for 2018. Thanks to neighboring Scout Councils we were still able to provide a meaningful summer camp experience at Camp Three Falls, Camp Kern, and Fiesta Island. We want to thank those camps and their Councils for the quick response and support.
At 10:00 on the morning of July 8th, we had ended our Cub Scout Resident Camp and all of those Scouts and much of the staff were gone from camp. There were still three younger staff members who were staying overnight who acted in most courageous and responsible manner in making sure that facilities were clear and then grabbed transportation from the camp’s Administrative Assistant who resides on the property.
At this time the Council is working with the insurance company, architects, and necessary governmental agencies to rebuild the camp. This project may take several years to achieve. Scouting families will be hearing more about opportunities to contribute both labor and funds to make this dream control.
At this time, the camp is closed for all functions until the Council is assured that the air quality and environment are safe. That time is projected to last through the end of 2018.