july 22th - 25th 2017

For centuries people have made spiritual journeys called pilgrimages in an effort to encounter God. El Camino de Santiago (which means “the Way of St. James”) is a famous network of pilgrimage routes across Europe leading to the tomb of St. James the Apostle, located in Santiago, Spain. 

Camp El Camino provides the youth with an exciting Christian pilgrimage experience where they will make friends, have fun, grow in faith and holiness, and encounter Christ along "The Way!" 

Christ proclaimed, "I am The Way and The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) Our journey toward God the Father is a lifelong pilgrimage that we make with others. “To be on a Pilgrimage is to journey through Christ, to the Father, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, with the help of Mary and all of the saints, as you bring your brothers and sisters along with you.” (Cursillo Pilgrims Guide, pg.1)  Living Christian lives in today’s secular society is not easy, especially for our youth, but it is much easier if they journey along their Way with Heaven and their fellow Christian pilgrims.  Camp El Camino is an opportunity for each beloved pilgrim to intentionally begin their pilgrimage –their Camino- with Christ and transform their hearts! 

make friends along "the way"

The Way toward Holiness is much easier when we walk with others who can help us!  Camp El Camino is the perfect place to unite in prayer with other pilgrims, fortify existing friendships, and begin new ones that will last beyond camp.  The youth will journey in a safe environment that encourages them to let down their guard, share their gifts with others, and build community with like-minded Christians.

have fun along "the way"

Camp El Camino is all about having fun and challenging yourself through a variety of activities and games.  Personal growth and fostering love for one another are at the center of the "fun."  From "Messtivities" such as the mud run, to the low ropes course, to beautiful hikes, each pilgrim will have a blast pushing themselves through the obstacles they ENCOUNTER along the Way.  Getting messy has become a Camp El Camino favorite, so come prepared to be full of mud and color!

grow in faith along "the way"

Pope Francis said, “Do not be afraid to aim for holiness and turn yourselves over to the love of God.”  There is no better place than the outdoors to encounter God through personal prayer and reflection.  Pilgrims will experience engaging talks and worship music that will lead them into a deeper union with Christ and our Heavenly Family! There will be daily opportunities for Mass, personal and communal prayer (Adoration, Rosary, Meditations, Taize, ect).

Camp Volunteer


registration

Cost: $250 per camper and a $210 early bird special for those who register before April 1.
Initial Deposit: $100 (Due at Registration)
Final Balance: $150 (Due April 30th)

REFUND POLICY

First, we would like to encourage you to simply move to another session so you and/or your child(ren) can have the experience of summer camp. However, we understand that things come up and you may need to cancel all together. To do so, please call or email us with this information.

  •  $100 Deposit is not refundable or transferable at any time unless it is a medical reason (must have written explanation from Doctor).
  • If you cancel with more than 30 days till the session start date, then you will receive all money paid EXCEPT $100 refund
  • 15-30 days until the session start date, 50% refund
  • 2 weeks prior to start of camp session = NO REFUND 

frequently Asked questions

What is your chaperone policy at camp?
Campers will be accompanied by at least one adult facilitator and at least one volunteer per group of 10 at all times. All our facilitators and volunteers are fingerprinted and have taken the safe environment training. 

Where will my son/daughter be staying throughout the week of camp?
Campers will be staying in our Camping Cabins and Dorms and will be separated by gender. We are equipped with bunk beds, but we ask that each camper brings a sheet, sleeping bag, and a pillow as we do not provide bedding. To learn more about our camp facilities please see our Amenities page!

Are meals included in the cost of camp?
Yes. All meals are provided from lunch on Monday July 17th to lunch on Friday July 21st. If your daughter or son has any allergies, please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate her/his needs.

Will I receive additional forms such as a packing list after registering?
Yes. Upon registration, we will send you our packing list, medical history form, medical release form, and release of liability form. Forms must be filled out prior to camp and sent in via email or mail. Please see our address at the bottom of the page.

I have a question that I don't see here, where can I get more information?
Please contact our Camp Office at 714-649-9800 or info@santiagoretreatcenter.org