A friend of the Outdoor Science School (OSS), who is a fire captain, was able to visit Camp Hess Kramer, the site of the Malibu OSS campus. He visited the property on our behalf.
Baruh Hall, the main building and dining hall, appears to be a total loss. The Outdoor Science School offices are part of Baruh Hall. This is the beautiful building at the amphitheater and near the pool.
We also have reports that Gildred Hall has burned, including the associated residential spaces used by OSS staff. The student cabin area appears to be a total loss as well. The Steve Breuer Conference center may be alright, as well as the infirmary and nearby offices and residential spaces.
Although the devastation is jarring, we are grateful for the photos that help us understand conditions at the site.
We have expressed our love and concern for the camp staff and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple team. We will meet and assess the situation and our options as soon as we are able. Stay tuned for more information as it become available.
I cannot express enough how professional and caring Shaun Hawke, OSS Site Leader, OSS staff, and the Camp staff, have been. We extend our sincere appreciation to all the firefighters and emergency services professionals.
Gary Widdison, Project DirectorOutdoor and Marine Science Field StudyLos Angeles County Office of Education