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Summer Camp For Kids On Central Coast To Reopen This Summer After Wildfire Damage

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Girl playing archery at Circle V Ranch Camp

A summer camp for kids on the Central Coast that was damaged by a wildfire almost two years ago is reopening this summer.

Circle V Ranch Camp located in the Santa Ynez Valley near Lake Cachuma suffered damage from the Whittier Fire in July 2017.

Three structures were destroyed including the water treatment facility.

“Without water, you can’t have summer camp,” said Camp Director Ray Lopez.

Crews and volunteers have been rebuilding, making repairs and cleaning up ever since.

“A major part of our cleanup is a lot of smoke damage. So, we’ve been cleaning up, clearing burn trees around the camp,” Lopez said.

The camp will reopen on July 12th.

“Truly thankful. You appreciate the importance of getting children outdoors. And summer camp does a lot that I think sometimes we take for granted,” he said.

This overnight camp is for kids ages 7 to 13 and features activities including arts and crafts, hiking, swimming, photography, sports and singing – all with no TV, radio or internet access.