MONROVIA, Calif. — A nearly 70-year-old Boy Scout camp in Monrovia is in danger of burning as the Bobcat fire rages on.
Trask Scout Reservation welcomes hundreds of scouts to its camp grounds each year.
What You Need To Know
- The Bobcat Fire threatens a nearly 70-year-old Boy Scout camp in Monrovia
- Trask Scout Reservation welcomes hundreds of scouts each year
- Firefighters are working to keep the camp from erupting in flames
- Trask has been within the Boy Scouts since 1953
Axel Uebele was camping the day the fire started. “We looked up and saw a huge cloud of smoke. It looked like an explosion,” he said.
Axel has been going to Trask since he was two years old. It’s a family tradition, where his dad Phillip even camped as a boy.
“I came up to Trask for the first time when I was a cub scout for daycamp,” Phillip said. “I can remember my mom taking us up and panning for gold in the stream, and having a lot of other adventures up there.”
Now, firefighters are working to keep the camp from erupting in flames. They are even using water from Trask's pool to keep the flames away.
Troop leaders hope the flames stay away from the camp they consider a hidden gem in the community.
“Trask has been within the boy scouts since 1953," said Mark Peters, the Scout Master of Monrovia Troop 66. "It has been a key component to all of our scouts learning education, their merit badges, and their memories."
Axel is thankful the camp has survived so far and knows it’s because of the hard work of the firefighters. “I’m really thankful, and I’m happy that they have kept Trask alive and it’s not burning yet.”