SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Two years after it was essentially destroyed, Rancho Alegre is coming back to life. “We have a lot of construction going on,” said Carlos Cortez, Los Padres Council Scout Executive. “Seeing all the tractors and all the hard labor going into this and actually seeing movement and land being moved, earth being moved, it’s super exciting because that’s a landmark of us reconstructing and coming back.”
In July 2017, the Whittier Fire burned 90 percent of the buildings on the 215-acre property that’s located across Highway 154 from Lake Cachuma.
For decades, Rancho Alegre has served as a popular camp for area Scouts.
Since 1952, it has been owned and operated by the Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America.
However, the beautiful, oak-studded property has hosted more than just Scouts through the years.