Circle V Ranch Camp was founded by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles in 1945 in the Big Pines area of the Los Angeles National Forest. From 1954-1990, the Society leased several different locations for its summer camp program around Southern California. In 1990, the Society purchased Circle V Ranch (previously owned by the Boy Scouts) on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, just 20 minutes from Santa Barbara.
Today, as then, the primary goal of the Circle V Ranch summer camp program is to develop a strong spiritual, physical, mental, and social character in participating youth through a variety of activities and encounters with positive role models. Circle V Ranch Camp provides innovative and enriching outdoor experiences that build self-esteem, expand knowledge and appreciation of others, nature and God. Programs revolve around the ranch brand, the Circle V (for St. Vincent), which
stresses the importance of respecting and getting along with others at all times. Specifically, the circle reminds everyone to love God and the V to love our neighbors as ourselves.
During the summer, children ages seven through 13 enjoy a traditional “sleepover” camp during four sessions, each six days/five nights—filled with activities including hiking, swimming, nature walks, beach day, archery, arts and crafts, painting, photography, baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf, campfires, skits & songs. Children and their counselors stay in air-conditioned cabins or canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals are served family-style in the Dining Lodge. All children are fully supervised by caring, trained counselors and long-time staff. Opportunities for Campers in Leadership Training (CILT) are offered for teens ages 14-17.
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