Circle V Ranch Camp Hosts “Flutes Across the World”

Circle V Ranch Campers participated in “Flutes Across the World” Project for the first time in 2011 as well as in 2012.


Led by award-winning composer, musician and artist/educator John Zeretzke, 150 Circle V Ranch Campers ages 7-13 will each be making two recorder-style folk flutes—one to keep and one to give away to a child in Haiti.


In specially designed workshop sessions at Circle V Ranch Camp, all campers will learn how to sand, shape, decorate and then play their flutes. Each give-away flute will contain a note from the camper to the child in Haiti. At a future date, John Zeretzke will accompany the give-away flutes on a music mission of good will to Haiti.


Tuesday, July 23 AND Wednesday, July 24, 2013— 10:00 a.m. to Noon, and 2:00- 4:00 p.m. (hourly sessions)

Note: sessions are not open to the public; this is a media-only invitation


This is an opportunity for 150 Circle V campers to connect, in a uniquely caring and educational way, with children from Haiti and to communicate the happiness and learning that occurs when children give other children the gift of music. Experience the wonderful world of music through the visual designs and colorful patterns of children decorating, then playing their flutes, lead by John Zeretzke in a beautiful, natural setting in Santa Barbara County.

BACKGROUND NOTE: In July 2011, the first time this special program was offered here, Circle V Ranch campers created more than 100 flutes that were delivered to Haitian children in May 2012 by Mr. Zeretzke. In July 2012, more than 150 flutes were created at Circle V Ranch Camp and will be delivered along with 2013 flutes this fall.


Flutes Across The World (FATW) is a multi-faceted, educational and humanitarian program designed to nurture cultural understanding throughout the world. FATW connects individuals with knowledge of geography, cultural traditions, world history, language arts, visual arts and music. American children gain insights and compassion for the plight of others while experiencing the gift of positive service to the world by helping others who are less fortunate. and


Circle V Ranch Camp was founded in 1945 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles 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, the Camp is available for group rentals to other non-profit organizations. Circle V Ranch Camp sessions each summer feature 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 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 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. During autumn, winter and spring, the Camp is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations. Spaces are still available for remaining 2013 summer sessions in August. Call 805-688-5252 for information, applications, and more details visit


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