Ray Lopez, Director of SVdPLA’s Circle V Ranch Camp, has announced that applications and scholarship requests are now being accepted for 2017 summer season. Each of the eight sessions is 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 available. The 30-acre Circle V Ranch Camp facility is located across from Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley, just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara at 2550 Highway 154.
Campers enjoy activities including archery, arts & crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, reading skills, painting, photography, playing baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and singing. There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience. Campers stay in wooden cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals served family-style in the Dining Lodge are not only for food but also for more camaraderie and fellowship.
Lopez remarked, “This year marks 72 years of welcoming campers from throughout Southern California. No child is turned away since we have camperships to help pay the fees due to generous donors. I started as a counselor at Circle V Ranch Camp in1993 and have been Camp Director since 2008. I just know you’ll want to have your kids or grandkids attend Circle V, then I hope they will keep coming back like I did!”
2017 Summer Session Dates and Themes are:
Session One: June 27- July 2 ~Pirate Week
Session Two: July 5-10 ~ Holiday Week
Session Three: July 11-16 ~ Space Week
Session Four: July 19-24 ~ Talent Show Week
Session Five: July 25 -30 ~ Carnival Week
Session Six: August 2 -7 ~ International Week
Session Seven: August 9-14 ~ Medieval Week
Session Eight: August 15 -20 ~ Adventure Week
In summer 2016, the camp hosted more than 1,000 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 $450 per child; and “camperships” (scholarship funds made by individuals and groups’ donations) are available for qualified campers. For complete information on fees and camperships, visit www.circlevranchcamp.org/datesthemesfees.html
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, Circle V facilities are available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp main registration office at 323-224-6213 to receive the Camp application or apply online at www.circlevranchcamp.org