This time McGrath will close to serve the Boy Scouts.
McGrath State Beach will host the Ventura County Council Boy Scouts of America, Sespe and Channel Islands District Annual Camporee, from April 20 to 22. The park will close to the public on these dates and will reopen on April 23.
Approximately 500 scouts and scout leaders from Camarillo, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula and Fillmore will come together for the Camporee to test their scout skills with over 15 events set up on site. Camporee events include a variety of competitions such as knot tying, first aid, and emergency preparedness activities. The annual event is typically hosted at Camp Willett in Ojai, but due to the damage caused by the Thomas Fire, McGrath State Beach will fill in as the alternate location.
The event will occupy all available campsites at McGrath State Beach and no campsites will be available from the morning of April 20 until April 23.