(Santa Ynez Valley) — Ray Lopez, Director of Circle V Ranch Camp, located across from Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, has announced that spaces and camperships (scholarships) are available in this summer’s remaining sessions:
Session 7—Monday, August 1 to Saturday, August 6, 2011: Circle V’s Got Talent Theme Week
Session 8—Saturday, August 6 to Thursday, August 11, 2011: Disney Theme Week
Session 9—Friday, August 12 to Wednesday, August 17, 2011: Safari Adventure Theme Week
Each Circle V Ranch Camp session is six days and five nights of traditional supervised summer fun for boys and girls ages 7 to 13. Campers enjoy activities including hiking, swimming in the new 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 air-conditioned cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals served family-style in the Dining Lodge are a chance not only for food but also more camaraderie and fellowship. Circle V Ranch Camp was founded by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council in 1945 and has been located on 30-acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County since 1990.
Lopez remarked, “This is my 17th summer at Circle V Ranch Camp. I started as a Counselor in1993 and have been Camp Director since 2008. This summer is really special since our 40 counselors and staff have created cool theme weeks and the kids are having so much fun. We welcome campers from Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. No child is turned away due to lack of funds since we have camperships available. Feel free to contact me for more details. I know you’ll want to have your children or grandchildren come attend Circle V, then they’ll keep coming back like I did!”
In 2010, the camp hosted more than 1,000 children for this time-honored summer experience. Circle V Ranch Camp fees for six days/ five nights including lodging, all meals, activities, recreation and supervised fun is $350 per child; and “camperships” for a $60 fee (the remaining $290 paid by donations) are available for qualified campers. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul main office at 323-224-6213 to receive the Camp application or download here or contact Camp Director Ray Lopez at 805-688-5252.