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Los Padres Council Outdoor School Destroyed by Whittier Fire

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A wildfire tearing through western California on Sunday mostly destroyed a Boy Scouts camp, killing all of the animals in its nature center, authorities said.


The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre, an outdoor residential education center that is home to the Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement Sunday that it had "lost our dear animal friends in the nature center and many of the staff on site have lost most of their belongings."


All staff members were safely evacuated, but many lost most of their belongings, it said.

The Boy Scouts council said that "a number of structures" were destroyed and that it was working with other councils to keep its programs going.




From Los Padres Council website


Update:  Sunday, July 9, 5:30 am:  Boy Scout Advancement Camp (July 9-15) cancelled because of the uncontained fire which has closed Highway 154 and destroyed a number of structures at Rancho Alegre.  Scout Executive Carlos Cortez has been working with other Council's camps to get our Scouts a week-long Scouting experience.  Notices are going out via the Council's Communication Network to registered camp attending units.

Update:  Sunday, July 9, 11:10 am:  Here is a link to a photographer who was on site at Rancho Alegre.  The pictures are exclusively of our Scout camp by someone who had a childhood connection to the programs.


Edited by RememberSchiff

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