2016 Summer Slide Show
Circle V Ranch Camp is nestled in the Los Padres National Forest surrounded by mature oak trees and miles of hiking trails located 18 miles from beautiful Santa Barbara. Circle V Ranch Camp embraces youth- centered programming and is committed to the growth and development of children through positive,
meaningful and rewarding activities.
Circle V Ranch Camp is a traditional summer camp with activities such as hiking, swimming, nature, archery, drumming, painting, sports, campfires, skits, songs and much more. Programs are designed for each camper to participate in innovative and enriching outdoor experiences that build self-esteem, expand knowledge and appreciation of others, nature and God.
Circle V Alumni "Tom Nolan" JPL Scientist
NPR Podcast Below
- Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center across from Cachuma Lake received $16,000 of new LED lighting and refrigeration upgrades with custom installation through the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership
(SBCEWP), including a $6,000 grant from Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce and $4,000 from a private donor.
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Letter from Camp Director Ray Lopez
Dear Circle V Ranch Camp Families and Friends,
You’ll recall that the Whittier wildfire began near Circle V on July 8, 2017; our Craft Shack and Health Lodge cabins burned to the ground, and the water treatment facility and pipes were seriously damaged. With no water at Camp, we had to cancel our remaining 2017 summer sessions.
We have been cleaning up and rebuilding Circle V ever since then; and the hard work continues with our staff, volunteers and contractors. However, Circle V is not quite ready yet to welcome back campers for our summer 2018 sessions. This was a very difficult decision to discern and we consulted with many people--especially our Vincentian volunteers and staff. We continue to work with our rebuilding crew and hope to reopen in 2019.
We will keep you updated on our progress. Donations to help our re-opening are always welcome at https://svdpla.org/donate/rebuild-camp/ and you can follow our progress on our website www.circlevranchcamp.org
Thank you for your patience, prayers and support as we continue to rebuild. Viva La Circle V!
Ray Lopez, Camp Director
P.S. Here’s an aerial picture taken by Camp Committee volunteer Kenny Lund in February 2018 showing our Sports Field with the Dining Lodge and Cachuma Lake at the top. We’re so grateful to be here rebuilding and getting ready for you in 2019!