Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Update

 

11/17/17 | 3:00 pm

We’re coming back in 2018 better than ever!

It has been an exciting and busy few weeks as we continue to make repairs to the damage caused by the Canyon Fire 2 last month here at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center.

Work this week includes:

Planning for erosion control

  • Surveys and engineering assessments of the pedestrian bridge

  • Creating a vision for the new high adventure areas to include zip lines, climbing walls, and a low and high “ropes” course. We can’t wait to build this! Stay tuned for future updates.

  • Beginning repairs on the irrigation system around camp.

  • Additional repairs in the orchard to the irrigation system and working to restore tree health

  • Resurfacing the Harrison Lodge (dining hall) floor

  • Continued smoke and ash restoration work in the upper section of camp

  • Creation of the “Fire Ecology” Immersion program for our future academic students to experience

  • Final building preparations for interior paint to begin 11-20 in bunkhouses, leadership center, Harrison Lodge and the administration building.

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Civil Engineers from Adams-Streeter  survey the pedestrian bridge and make preparations for repairs.

The team from SoCal Sandbags discuss erosion control measures.


11/1/17 | 4:00 pm

On October 9, the Canyon Fire 2 forced the evacuation of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC), operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council (BSA). After multiple inspections and fire damage assessments, the IROEC is starting the restoration process.  

Working with DryMaster, the smoke and ash is being removed in and around all buildings using specialized equipment and techniques. DryMaster has a team of certified technicians who are trained in the treatment of not only fire and smoke damaged structures, but also in the treatment of items affected by highly acidic and damaging soot. The content restorers are very effective in cleaning restorable items on the property as well as highly detailed to determine those items that are beyond restoration. This process includes top to bottom cleaning, air scrubbing, and replacement of several items including mini blinds and other window dressings, mattresses, linens and other materials. 

Tolly Landscape Inc. has started evaluating damage to the irrigation and cultivated plants around the property. Trees and grass around the area are being watered and some new growth is already starting to take place!  

The IROEC staff is creating a vision and draft designs for the new zip line, challenge courses and climbing walls, all of which were destroyed in the fire. These new program areas will enable us to serve more youth in exciting new ways! Stay tuned for future pictures and draft designs over the next 30-60 days. 

Because of our deep desire to serve youth in the safest manner possible, the IROEC will remain closed until January 1, 2018 while we work to ensure that the IROEC is safe and ready to meet the needs of all our guests. While the IROEC property is closed, the staff are still hustling and bustling to get work done. The staff are currently working at the OCBSA Council Office to start the creation process of new materials and presentations for the schools who have missed out on fall outdoor science education.  

Those with questions about an upcoming event are encouraged to call (714) 546-8558 ext. 155 to talk to a member of the IROEC team, or to email info@iroec.org. For ongoing updates and to make a contribution to the rehabilitation and restoration process you can do so at the following link: www.outdooreducationcenter.org 

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver the mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs. 

 

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The clean up process has begun. Every surface of the property must be cleaned and treated for smoke and fire damage, including this pavilion at Kennedy Meadows.

Due to the excessive smoke damage, mattresses are being replaced in all of the rooms and bunkhouses on the property. 

Contractors and volunteers assess the damage on the archery range. The line of ash behind them is what remains of the targets.

 

10/24/17 | 7:00 pm

On October 9, the Canyon Fire 2 forced the evacuation of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC), operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council (BSA). We are pleased to report that our emergency operations plan was successfully executed and no youth members, adult volunteers or staff were injured in the blaze.

We greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the other members of our community who have been affected by this fire. We also thank all of the organizations and individuals whose generosity and expertise were instrumental in helping us to maintain a safe facility and develop actionable and reliable plans for dealing with fire and other emergencies.

Over the past several days, damage assessment of the entire property has been conducted. While no large structures were lost, the damage is significant. The vegetation around the IROEC site was decimated, and the zip line, climbing wall, and challenge courses were destroyed. The archery and orchard/ranch areas also sustained considerable damage. We are working to get critical infrastructure back in place, as well as beginning the restoration process.

As always, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is of paramount importance to the IROEC and BSA, and integral to everything we do. Because of our deep desire to serve youth in the safest manner possible, the IROEC will remain closed until January 1, 2018 while we work to ensure that the IROEC is safe and ready to meet the needs of all our guests. We are disappointed that thousands of youth will not be able to take part in their academic and recreation programs as scheduled due to this unfortunate situation.

Those with questions about an upcoming event are encouraged to call (714) 546-8558 ext. 155 to talk to a member of the IROEC team, or to email info@iroec.org.

The BSA has been inundated with calls from the local community and across the country from individuals and organizations inquiring as to how they can help us restore the facility. We are deeply appreciative of this outpouring of support. For ongoing updates and to make a contribution to the rehabilitation and restoration process you can do so at the following link: www.outdooreducationcenter.org

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver the mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs.

 

10/18/17 | 5:00 pm

As of October 16th, the Canyon Fire 2 that impacted the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is now 100% contained. We remain eternally grateful for the hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel who worked so hard to protect our community and the IROEC.

Over the last several days, additional assessments of the entire property have taken place. While no large structures were lost, the damage is still significant. The IROEC sustained catastrophic damage to the vegetation surrounding the site, and a complete loss of the zip line, climbing wall, and challenge courses. The bridge near the zip line, the archery area and the orchard/ranch area also sustained considerable damage. In addition, we are working to get critical infrastructure back in place, as well as assessing the restoration process.

As always, the safety and well-being of our participants and staff is of paramount importance to the IROEC and the BSA, and integral to everything we do. Because of our deep desire to serve youth in the safest manner possible, the IROEC and OCBSA is working to determine how long camp should be closed until the IROEC is safe and ready to meet the needs of all our guests. If you have questions about an upcoming event, please contact (714) 546-4990 to talk to a member of the IROEC team or email events@iroec.org.

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver the mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs. Please visit www.outdooreducationcenter.org to see photos of the damage and learn how you can help be a part of the rebuilding process.

 

10/11/2017 | 2:00 pm

On October 9, the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) was evacuated and is still closed due to the CanyonFire2 in the immediate vicinity. We are thankful that no youth members, adult volunteers or staff were harmed, and we greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the other members of our community who have been affected by this fire.

Initial assessments of the property have begun. The IROEC did sustain damage to the vegetation around the site, as well as considerable damage to the zip line, climbing wall, challenge courses and archery areas. While a full assessment is still taking place, we are very grateful and feel very blessed that the damage was not more severe. Additional information will be forthcoming as we work through the assessment process. Please visit www.outdooreducationcenter.org/iroec-fire-update for up to date information on the property.

The IROEC team is working with all groups who have upcoming reservations regarding the status of their events. We will continue to post more information as it becomes available regarding the next steps. If you have questions about an upcoming event, please contact (714) 546-8558 ext. 155 to talk to a member of the IROEC team or email events@iroec.org.

The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the Orange County Council, BSA look forward to continuing to deliver our mission to serve every youth in Orange County through our outdoor programs.

 

10/10/2017 | 2:00pm

At this time evactuation orders are still in effect at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center and the property will remain closed through Wednesday, October 11. We do not have any word on the state of the camp, but all campers are safe and live-in staff has been relocated. Our thanks and prayers go out to all of the firefighters working to keep our communities safe.

For updates from fire and rescue officials, please visithttps://www.facebook.com/AnaheimFireAndRescue/

 

10/9/2017

The Orange County Council, BSA has learned that a fire is near the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange. The safety and well-being of our participants and staff is of paramount importance to the BSA, and integral to everything we do. Upon learning of this matter, we took immediate action to evacuate everyone on the property and move them towards areas of safety.

We are thankful that no youth members, adult volunteers or staff have been harmed, and we greatly appreciate our first responders for keeping our community safe.

We are in the process of notifying those planning to attend camp that the Irvine Regional Park and the IROEC are closed to the public at this time, and is expected to remain closed through Tuesday, October 10th. We will post updates as we have them.

For updates from fire and rescue officials, please visit: Anaheim Fire And Rescue