Circle V Ranch Camp Hosts “Flutes Across the World”

Circle V Ranch campers first participated in the “Flutes Across the World” project in 2011 and again in 2012.


Led by award-winning composer, musician and artist/educator John Zeretzke, 150 Circle V Ranch campers ages 7-13 will each craft two recorder-style folk flutes, one to keep and one to give to a child in Haiti.


In specially designed workshops at Circle V Ranch Camp, all campers will learn how to sand, shape, decorate and then play their flutes. Each gift flute will contain a note from the camper to the child in Haiti. At a later date, John Zeretzke will accompany the Free Flutes on a musical goodwill mission to Haiti.


Tuesday, July 23 AND Wednesday, July 24, 2013— 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (sessions every hour)

Note: Sessions are not open to the public; this is a media only invitation


It’s an opportunity for 150 Circle V campers to connect, in a unique and educational way, with children in Haiti and share the happiness and learning that happens when children give to others children the gift of music. Discover the wonderful world of music through the visual designs and colorful patterns of children decorating and then playing their flutes, led by John Zeretzke in a beautiful, natural Santa Barbara County setting.

INFORMATION NOTE : In July 2011, the first time this special program was offered here, Circle V Ranch campers created over 100 flutes which were delivered to Haitian children in May 2012 by Mr. Zeretzke. As of July 2012, over 150 flutes have been created at Circle V Ranch Camp and will be delivered with 2013 flutes this fall.


Flutes Across The World (FATW) is a multi-faceted educational and humanitarian program designed to foster cultural understanding across the world. FATW connects individuals with knowledge in geography, cultural traditions, world history, language arts, visual arts, and music. American children gain insight and compassion for the plight of others while experiencing the gift of positive service to the world by helping others who are less fortunate. and


The Circle V Ranch Camp was founded in 1945 by the Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and has been located at its current site since 1990 on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County. During the fall, winter and spring, the camp is available for group rentals to other non-profit organizations. Each summer, Circle V Ranch Camp sessions offer six days and five nights of supervised traditional summer fun for boys and girls ages 7-13. Campers enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, archery, photography, playing games of baseball, basketball, ping- pong, foosball, football, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and songs. (There are no TVs, radios, or internet access to affect the experience.) Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three daily nutritious meals are served as a family in the Dining Lodge. The Circle V Ranch camp fee for six days/five nights, including accommodations, all meals, activities, supervised recreation and entertainment, is $425 per child; and “campsites” paid for by charitable donations are available for qualified campers. During the fall, winter and spring, the camp is available for rental to other groups and non-profit organizations. Places are still available for the remaining 2013 summer sessions in August. Call 805-688-5252 for information, applications and more details, visit

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