Kansas Scouts meet over fire-damaged campground

GARDEN CITY, Kansas — A popular Boy Scout camp owned by some Kansas Boy Scout troops is the focus of a meeting Tuesday night in Garden City.

The Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch was heavily damaged in a forest fire June 19. It’s near Walsenburg, Colorado in the Spanish Peak mountain range.

The Boy Scouts’ Santa Fe Trail Council, which represents 19 southwest Kansas counties, owns the ranch.

Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch

One Scout leader tells us 70 percent of the camp burned. Three buildings, including the health lodge are totaled, but many cabins and restrooms could be repaired.

Insurance agents have been at the camp figuring out a damage estimate.

The council is holding a meeting tonight, July 9, at 7:00 at the Clarion Inn in Garden City. The public is invited.

The goal of the meeting is to discuss the damage and how much money and labor it will take to fix the campground.

At the time of the fire, more than 200 Scouts were staying at the camp. They escaped to a Red Cross shelter.

Other Scout troops had planned to use the ranch for their summer camps. Santa Fe Trail Council is working with other Scout camps to make room for those troops.

The council is committed to reopening Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch in 2014.

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