Circle V Ranch Reopens 2019

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Circle V Ranch Camp Reopens for 2019 Summer Sessions for Kids

Traditional camp just 20 minutes from Santa Barbara offers 6 days/5 nights of summer fun for $600  

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Circle V Ranch Camp offers traditional sleep-over camp activities for kids ages 7-13 with four weekly sessions scheduled for Summer 2019

Ray Lopez, director of our Circle V Ranch Camp, has announced four session dates and themes for the 2019 summer season. Lopez shared, “We have been focused on reopening Circle V since the Whittier Wildfire on July 8, 2017 forced our closure with damage to our health lodge, craft cabin and water treatment facility.”

“We are so grateful to so many volunteers and community members who have helped us raise funds and worked to make our reopening a reality,” Lopez said. “I started as a counselor at Circle V Ranch Camp in 1993 and have been Camp Director since 2008. Our staff and I are all so blessed to be able to welcome everyone back again!”  Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center was founded in 1945 by St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles and has been located since 1990 on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest across from Cachuma Lake just 20 minutes inland from Santa Barbara.

During the summer months, Circle V Ranch Camp sessions offer six days and five nights of traditional supervised fun for boys and girls ages 7-13 and leadership training for ages 14-17. Campers enjoy activities including archery, arts & crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, 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 overnight in wood cabins and three nutritious daily meals are served family style in the Dining Lodge featuring plenty of food, camaraderie and fellowship.

2019 Summer Session Dates and Themes are:

Session One: Friday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 17 ~ Space Week

Session Two: Saturday, July 20 to Thursday, July 25 ~ Adventure Week

Session Three: Friday, July 26 to Wednesday, July 31 ~ Carnival Week

Session Four: Saturday, August 3 to Thursday, August 8 ~ Talent Show Week


The Circle V Ranch Camp fee for six days/ five nights including lodging, all meals, activities, recreation and supervised fun is $600 per child. “Camperships” (scholarships made by donations) are available for qualified campers . For complete info on fees and camperships, visit

Starting April 15, 2019, 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 download forms at

Donations to help reopen camp and fund “camperships” (scholarships) are always welcome at and for general information visit