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Los Padres CouncilRancho Alegre Capital Campaign
  • Cope - Giant Swing
  • COPE - Climbing Wall
  • New Dorm Buildings
  • Trailer Roof Replacement
  • Solar Panels
  • Walk of the Eagles

Friend of Rancho Alegre and Los Padres Council, Boy Scouts of America we wanted to update you on the status of Rancho Alegre since the Whittier Fire in July.

A dedicated group of Los Padres Council volunteers, the Phoenix Committee, have been meeting weekly since the fire. As you may recall the fire destroyed forty seven of fifty structures in the camp. Since the fire we have completed demolition and removal of debris, both at the main camp and at Larsen Meadows. Working with our insurance provider, we have received $5 million earmarked for Rancho Alegre rebuilding. We continue to work with our insurance company in hopes to receive additional funds.

In the meantime, we worked diligently to find a replacement location for our Outdoor School and are not leasing Camp Whittier next to Rancho Alegre for the rest of this school year. The Outdoor School traditionally provided an opportunity for over 4000 fifth and sixth graders to spend a week of science camp at Rancho Alegre. This was the major revenue generator for the Council. We had to turn down more than half the students in the current school year since the camp is not available. We are now set to serve 1,700 students from January to June.

Along with finding a temporary site for the outdoor school we were also conducting demolition and water erosion at Rancho Alegre since the fire. Demolition of all damaged structures, equipment and campgrounds, including our historical Clark Ranch House, was completed in December. Various water protection mechanisms were set in place immediately after including k-rails, sand bags, seeding and hay bales to protect the dining hall, pool structure, bridge and roads. During the last storm debris from above our property did make it into Rancho Alegre, but Rancho Alegre only received minor impact to the bridge at Larson Meadow. We had a crew onsite that morning to clear debris and get water flowing on the creek that day. Stantec and S&S Seed have donated services to us that have helped us make the process we have thus far. Many others have contributed to support our efforts as well.

Since the fire the Phoenix committee created a request for proposal for development of a master plan and invited local firms to submit proposals. We received a response from three firms. On November 18, the committee met on site at Rancho Alegre to complete our selection of firms for our master plan. RRM and Stantec, both local firms have been brought on to do the infrastructure and rebuilding plan for Rancho Alegre. Stakeholder meeting have been set through the council and a survey will go out to all in efforts to collect ideas on how to improve Rancho Alegre as we rebuild.

At the November 18 meeting, the Phoenix Committee also discussed in detail our anticipated capital needs as we rebuild. While we are working with our insurance to maximize our coverage, the committee anticipates a substantial gap will be in the millions to restore the camp into operations.

We are in the process of arranging for a capital campaign to begin in 2018. We are hopeful that you might a consider a gift to move us toward our reconstruction goals. Your contribution can be made out to Los Padres Council, BSA and mailed to our headquarters at 4000 Modoc Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93110 with RA in the memo line. You can also make your donation online by visiting our website www.lpcbsa.org . If you have any questions please call or email Carlos Cortez, Scout Executive at 805-967-0105 carlos.cortez@scouting.org

Yours in Scouting.,
Carlos Cortez
Scout Executive. Los Padres Council

REBUILD RANCHO ALEGRE PLEDGE FORM


Rebuilding for the Future

Camp Rancho Alegre

Los Padres Council is committed to keeping the tradition of Rancho Alegre alive for the future of Scouting and community camping. The following list of projects has been identified to maintain the quality of the outdoor experience for both youth and adults.

 

MAJOR PROJECTS

Water Well

PROJECT COMMIMENT by Mr. BILL WELLS

A second well to meet the water needs of our year-round camp program. Rancho Alegre has over 7,000 visitors on a yearly bases

$150,000

Costs include survey, drilling, and treatment equipment

Donor will have a plaque placed at Rancho Alegre recognizing the gift.

Install Solar System on main structures and pool area.

Solar sources to meet our electrical needs will save on utility costs and will be inline with the environmental emphasis of the Outdoor School

$30,000 each

 

Donor will have a plaque placed at Rancho Alegre recognizing gift.

Repave Main Entrance Road.

Repave road from Highway 154 entrance gate after construction has been completed. Needed due to heavy equipment damate usage for construction.

$1,000,000

includes costs for curbing and drains

Roadway will be names on behalf of the donor and a plaque will be placed at Ranco Alegre recognizing the gift.

Replace Climbing Wall

Install a climibing wall at the COPE course

$50,000

Donor will have a plaque placed at the climbing wall recognizing gift.

Replace Dorms with Bathrooms

Dorms would replace burned units that do not have this will meet the needs of Outdoor School and Retreat participants.

$500,000 cach

 

Dorm will be named on behalf of donor; recognition at opening ceremony; plaque placed at each dorm recognizing gift.

Convert Comanche Campsite to a Handicap Accessible Site.

 

Site would allow camp to conform to national BSA requiremeents.

$15,000

 

Donor will have a plaque placed at campsite recognizing gift.
Bathrooms in Rancho Alegre campsites Building of full bathrooms with toilets and showers in order to increase the number of campers activities that can be hosted by camp. $100,000 each Facility will be named on behalf of the donor, recognition at grand opening ceremony, recognition on donor wall and annual report as major donor.

Replacement of Staff Housing

Building of apartment style housing for seasonal staff, outdoor school, and summer camp, with living space, kitchen, and bathrooms

$250,000 each

Facility will be named on behalf of the donor, recognition at grand opening ceremony, recognition on donor wall and annual report as major donor

Chapel Replacement

 

PROJECT COMMITTED by Mr. RICHARD BERTI

Replace chapel and refurbished sitting facility and surrounding area.

$18,000

Structure will be named on behalf of the donor; recognition at opening ceremony; plaque placed to recognize gift.

Boat House Replacement

Replace boat house at lake and replace water equipment

$12,000 for the boathouse;

$8,000 for equipment such as canoes, life jackets, paddles, etc.

Structure will be named on behalf of the donor; recognition at opening ceremony; plaque placed to recognize gift.

Rifle Range

Replace rifle range and eqipment

$30,000 for range.

$10,000 for equipment

Structure will be named on behalf of the donor; recognition at opening ceremony; plaque placed to recognize gift.

Archery Range

Replace archery range and equipment

$30,000 for Range

$5,000 for equipment

Structure will be named on behalf of the donor; recognition at opening ceremony; plaque placed to recognize gift.

Build Discovery Science Center

Replace hall used as classrom withe STEAM allocated science center to improve program delivery

$500,000

Facility will be named on behalf of the donor; recognition at grand opening ceremony; recognition on donor wall and annual report as major donor.
Replacement of Camp Vehicles Replace 2 damaged camp trucks used for work at Rancho Alegre $25,000 each Trucks will be dedicated to sponsor with auto wraps and donor will receive recognition in annual report
Replacement of Observatory Replace structure and equipment, including telescope $60,000 Observatory will be dedicated to sponsor with plaque and donor will receive recognition in annual report.

Campsite Replacement

Replace structures and equipment at several campsites throughout Rancho Alegre.

$5,000 per site

Selected campsites will be dedicated to sponsor with plaque and donor will receive recognition in annual report
Bridge Replacement Replace trail bridges at various areas throughout Rancho Alegre. $3,000 per bridge Selected bridges will be dedicated to sponsor with plaque and donor will receive recognition in annual report..
Procure a replacement tractor Tractor would allow ranger staff to complete many camp and replace a tractor that has significant mechanical problems $35,000 Donor will have a plaque placed at Rancho Alegre recognizing gift.
Add a "zipline" element to our COPE Course A professional in this field advised us that this addition would greatly improve the intrest in this program for youth. $20,000 Donor will have a plaque at COPE Course recognizing gift.
Add a "Giant Swing" element to our COPE Course A professional in this field advised us that this addition would greatly improve the intrest in this program for older Scouts $12,000 Donor will have a plaque at COPE Course recognizing gift.
Install continuous chlorine monitor for water treatment plant This monitor would be more efficient than our current system and would automatically alert us to developing problems. $5,500 Donor will have a plaque at Rancho Alegre recognizing gift.
Replace Water System This enhancement to our water system would improve our available water for drinking water and fire suppression. $250,000 Donor will have a plaque placed at Rancho Alegre recognizing figt.
Install and Expand "Walk of Eagles" at Rancho Alegre Project would include the installation of a wall and plaques; continues a long tradition that began at Camp French. $50,000 Donor will have a plaque placed at "Walk of Eagles" recognizing gift.

Contact Carlos Cortez or Scott Oldenburg at 967-0105

For a copy of this project list, click here


Our current team of architects and contractors for the rebuilding of Rancho Alegre include the following great firms in our communities:

   

 

Los Padres Council is committed to keeping the tradition of Rancho Alegre alive for the future of Scouting and community camping.

Previously, the following vendors and community organizations have contributed both time and money to make improvements at Rancho Alegre.  We thank them for their contribution for their contribution.  On behalf of all our youth, we extend our grateful thanks and appreciation!

NRA Logo

National Rifle Association

 

Chumash Lodge 90
Los Padres Council

 

 

Mr. Richard Berti

Donor for original
Climbing Wall
Summer 2016

 

Home Motors

Troop 41

Kristin Kirby

Marborg Sanitation S & S Seed  

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Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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