Staff Report

Circle V Ranch Camp, which was closed after heavy damage in the Whittier Fire two years ago, has announced that it will reopen for four sessions in July and August.

“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,” said Ray Lopez, director of the camp near Lake Cachuma.

The dates and themes for each week of camp this summer at Circle V (Vee) are:

n Space Week, July 12-17

n Adventure Week, July 20-25

n Carnival Week, July 26-31

n Talent Show Week, Aug. 3-8

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 Highway 154 from Cachuma Lake.


During the summer, 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 and crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, painting, photography, baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf, and campfires, skits and singing.

There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience. Campers stay overnight in wooden cabins.

The cost of each session is $600 per child, but “camperships” (scholarships) are available for qualified campers.

For complete information on fees and camperships, visit

Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the camp’s main registration office at 323-224-6213 to receive an application or to download forms at

Donations to help reopen the camp and to fund “camperships” are welcome at For general information, visit