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Boy Scout Troop 41 of Solvang raises money to rebuild camp burned in Whittier Fire

Scouts mourn Troop 33 members killed in slide

Boy Scout troop from Solvang raises money to rebuild camp burned in Whittier Fire

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Boy Scouts have been hit hard by recent wildfires and mudslides.

The Whittier wildfire, sparked by a car driving through tall grass near Camp Whittier in July, devistated a nearby boy scout camp called Rancho Allegre.

The camp includes an Outdoor School used by elementary schools.

Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council executive Carlos Cortez said their insurance will only cover about $9 million of the $15 million in damage.

Troop 41 of Solvang is doing its part by holding fundraisers.

A concert called Rebuild the Ranch in September with country artists from Nashville raised more than $61,000, but the troop postponed a check presentation to the Los Padres Council during recent disasters.

Eagle Scout John "Jack" Cantin went missing in the Montecito mudslides that killed his father David, who served as a Troop 33 scoutmaster.

Troop 41 Scoutmaster David Watkins said it has been a tough time for everyone.

He hopes the camp will honor the Cantin's when the time is right.

Carlos Cortez said they want to be their for Cantin's widow and daughter.

"We would like to have a memorial here for them at Rancho Alegre when they feel it is appropriate for them, but our heart goes out to them," said Cortez.

 Boy Scouts are also inviting new members to join troops in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County before summer camps are held at alternative locations such as Camp Whittier.

Together they hope to keep raising funds to help their former camp.

Andrew Bunke of  Troop 41 said, " We should all pitch in to help."

He said the camp bring scouts closer together.

Cole  Ammann is a new member.

"I want it to be better than ever and I hope it never burns down again," said Ammann.

Donations to help rebuild Rancho Alegre and the Outdoor School may be made to and



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