Friday, June 11, 2010

Create a lasting memory; Sponsor a child to camp this summer


What makes the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch Camp in the Los Padres National Forest such a special place for children?

Consider the following responses:

"I was nervous (at first) because I didn't know anyone and it was my first time here. We did hikes, we painted, we did projects and we had fun. I didn't want to go home because we were having fun. I learned to be nice to everyone. I'm going to tell my friends at school about camp."

~ Fernanda Garcia, 8,

"They have a wonderful staff. From what I heard from my daughters, they were great. They were very helpful when they needed any help. The (staff) made them feel like they were at home, and that is very important for me to know as a mother."

~ Narce Santos, parent

For more than 60 summers, Circle V Ranch, which overlooks Lake Cachuma near beautiful Santa Barbara, has served as an oasis for thousands of children, ages 7-13. Each year, campers, many of whom are at-risk, participate in traditional camp activities, meet new friends, learn life-skills and receive mentoring from counselors in a positive environment where hopes and dreams are encouraged.

Lucas Sutton, 10, another first time camper, is autistic but benefited from Circle V. According to his mother, Marissa, a breakthrough occurred at camp for Lucas that neither she nor her husband expected.

"Attending camp was major because he had never been without us for more than eight hours. He did really well at Circle V. The counselors were great with him. They had some challenges, but they met them wonderfully."

Unfortunately, due to the economic downfall, numerous families can’t afford to send their children to Circle V. However, you can help create a lasting memory by sponsoring a child to Circle V Ranch during one of the eight (six days/five nights) sessions in July and August.

The cost per week that we would like to offset by your donation is $325 per person. A typical week at camp includes lodging, swimming, hiking, arts & crafts, drama, music, a field trip, three meals a day and more. Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated!

Please help send a child to camp today! Checks earmarked ‘2010 Summer Camp’ can be sent to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 210 N. Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Information: 323-224-6213 or circlev@svdpla.org.

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