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By Deborah Carl

LDS Volunteers Help Rebuild Youth Camp

NORTH FORK, CALIFORNIA -- Thanks to Sheriff John Anderson and volunteers, many from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the once-abandoned youth camp in the Madera County mountains will be ready for occupancy in June.

Putney Ranch Camp was built in the 1960s on land willed to Madera County by Judge Marcia Putney for use as a camp for developmentally challenged youth. The camp was maintained with state funding which was discontinued in the 1990s and the camp fell into disrepair. In March, The Board of Supervisors made the Sheriff's Department responsible for renovating and reopening the 87 acre eyesore. The repairs have cost about $12,000 and Anderson says volunteers have contributed about $100,000 worth of labor.

The camp will open early June to host two anti-narcotics DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programs. The camp will also be available for a variety of youth programs, including its former use for the developmentally challenged, and as a training base for county narcotics officers.


Madera County youth camp nears readiness for new life
Fresno CA Bee 14May01 D1
By Charles McCarthy: The Fresno Bee


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