Thursday, April 9, 2015

Circle V Ranch Camp Celebrates 70 Years of Summer Fun at
Free Open House on Saturday, May 2, 2015

~Now accepting applications for Summer 2015 Sessions with Camperships (Scholarships) Readily Available

The public is invited to Circle V (Vee) Ranch Camp’s Free Open House on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  All ages are welcome to attend, enjoy a camp tour, free BBQ lunch, supervised activities and get a taste of Circle V fun. According to Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez, “This year marks 70 years of our traditional sleepover summer camp and we especially invite all alumni to celebrate at the open house. I started as a Counselor at Circle V in 1993 and have been Camp Director since 2008. We welcome campers from throughout Southern California. No child is turned away due to lack of funds since we have camperships available. Please be sure to come to the Open House or contact us so we can give your kids a wonderful experience this summer.”

Located across from Cachuma Lake just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara at 2550 Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley, Circle V offers seven sessions starting on June 27 and ending August 15, 2015. Each session features six days and five nights of traditional supervised activities for boys and girls ages 7 to 13; and for ages 14-17, a Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program is also available. Applications and campership (scholarship) requests are now being accepted for 2015 Summer Camp sessions.

2015 Summer Session Dates and Themes are:
·         Session One: Saturday, June 27 to Thursday, July 2 - Superheroes Week
·         Session Two: Monday, July 6 to Saturday, July 11 - Renaissance Faire Week
·         Session Three: Monday, July 13 to Saturday, July 18 - Lost in Space Week
·         Session Four: Tuesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 26 - Talent Show Week
·         Session Five: Monday, July 27 to Saturday, August 1- Mighty Jungle Adventure Week
·         Session Six: Tuesday, August 4 to Sunday, August 9 - Carnival Week
·         Session Seven: Monday, August 10 to Saturday, August 15 - Wacky & Wonderful Week

Circle V campers enjoy activities including archery, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, reading skills, arts & crafts, painting, photography, playing games of baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and songs. (There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience.) Campers stay in spacious wood cabins or canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals are served family-style in the Dining Lodge and provide not only a chance for food but also for more camaraderie and fellowship.

In summer 2014, the camp hosted more than 1,200 children for this time-honored experience. The Circle V Ranch Camp fee for six days/ five nights including lodging, all meals, activities, recreation and supervised fun is $425 per child; and “camperships” (made by individuals and groups’ donations) are available for qualified campers. For complete info on fees and camperships, visit

Founded by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council in 1945, Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center has been located on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley near Cachuma Lake since 1990. During autumn, winter and spring, the Camp & Retreat Center is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organization.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp main office at 323-224-6213 to receive the Camp application or apply online at  

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