Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California—Camp Director Ray Lopez is proud to name Juan Arambul as the first full-time Program & Development Director of Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center, operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council. Circle V (Vee) is located just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara at 2550 Highway 154 across from Cachuma Lake. Circle V Ranch Camp summer sessions for boys and girls ages 7 to 13 and ages 14-17 for Campers in Leadership Training (CILT) feature six days and five nights of traditional supervised summer fun. In 2014, more than 1,200 youth enjoyed a traditional summer camp experience at Circle V. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations.
Arambul joined Circle V staff in 2010 as a summer camp counselor and served as Assistant Camp Director starting full-time in June 2014. His new year-round responsibilities include development of youth outreach leadership programs at Circle V and in secondary schools, as well as management of the summer “Camper in Leadership Training” (CILT) program for youth ages 14-17 years. Prior to working at Circle V, Arambul served as an assistant basketball and track coach at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Communications from California Baptist University in Riverside in 2014. Arambul has always enjoyed helping others, spending time in nature, playing sports and volunteering.
According to Camp Director Ray Lopez, “Juan is a trail blazer when it comes to truly connecting with young leaders in schools and our camp. His creative ability to acknowledge needs and adjust accordingly is what keeps them interested and coming back. We are thrilled to have Juan on staff year-round to create more leadership curriculum and outreach.”
About Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center
Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center was founded in 1945 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council and has been located on its current site since 1990 on 30-acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations. Circle V Ranch Camp summer sessions for boys and girls ages 7 to 13 feature six days and five nights of traditional supervised summer fun. In 2014, more than 1,200 children enjoyed activities including hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, archery, 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 cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals are served family-style in the Dining Lodge. 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” paid by charitable donations are available for qualified campers. Call 805-688-5252 for information, applications and for more details visit www.circlevranchcamp.org