We provide a beautiful rustic venue to hold your next religious event, retreat, conference, etc. that is comfortable and accommodating for both small and large groups. Please see our amenities page for all that Santiago offers.
mONTHLY eNRICHMENT wEEKENDS
"Not only was it a meaningful experience for our kids,
but they invited their friends, who are now also active in our parish"
— Melinda, San Clemente
Vacation Bible Camp
June 28 - July 2, 2021
Theme: Jesus, Our Strong Foundation!
Santiago’s Catholic Vacation Bible Camp is specifically designed to celebrate the richness of our One, True, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic faith and to lead kids closer to Christ. Each day is spent traveling through fun and engaging learning stations which reinforce the daily virtue and Bible theme in a hands-on way. Santiago’s VBC offers daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, rock solid songs, great games, creative crafts, super snacks, saintly skits and interactive faith lessons with 100% Catholic Truth!
Pre-K (Children Ages 3-4 Years Old)
Campers (Kindergarten- 6th Grade)
Junior High (7th and 8th Grade) will enjoy a customized program which includes servant-leadership training and faith formation geared to their level.
*Grade Entering in the Fall
$120 per participant – Participant Fee without Parent Volunteering
$95 per participant – Participant Fee with Parent Volunteering 3-4 Days
$80 per participant – Participant Fee with Parent Volunteering 5 days
**Additional $10 required Volunteer T-Shirt
**Nursery provided for infant to 2 years old children of adult volunteers:
Free – Nursery children under 1 year
T-shirts and snacks are not included
$20 per child- Nursery children 1-2 years
T-shirts and daily snacks are included
June 14th Registration Closes, Remaining Balance and All Forms Due
"Vacation Bible Camp has become one of the great summer memories for my kids. What a terrific opportunity to share the life of Jesus while having a lot of fun! They now want to come back to Santiago every year."
— Sheryl, Dana Point
CAMP EL CAMINO
July 6 - July 9, 2021
For centuries, people have made pilgrimages in an effort to encounter God. El Camino de Santiago (“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.
Here at Santiago Retreat Center, Camp El Camino provides youth with an exciting Christian pilgrimage experience in Orange County. Campers will make friends, have fun, grow in faith and holiness, and encounter Christ along “The Way”!
Living Christian lives in our society is not easy, especially for youth. Camp El Camino offers youth a space to encounter Christ and find fellow Christian pilgrims in our Christian journey toward God. It is an opportunity for each beloved pilgrim to intentionally begin their pilgrimage – their Camino with Christ and transform their hearts!
Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students
$290 per camper
Initial Deposit: $150 (Due at Registration)
June 21st Registration Closes, Remaining Balance, and All Forms Due
GIRLS BLOSSOM CAMP
2021 BLOSSOM SUMMER CAMP
July 11-16, 2021
Theme: Fountain of Grace
Blossom Camp is a week-long camp for girls ages 8-13 years old. We have plenty of laughs, get a little dirty, hike, swim, face the low ropes challenge, play games, sing campfire songs and make great friends. But our greatest treasures at Blossom Camp are celebrating the Sacraments, reinforcing the beauty and dignity of every girl with unique formation themes, and getting to see and meet religious sisters from several different orders throughout the week as they lead us each day. This is what makes Blossom Camp a one-of-a-kind experience!
FIAT ENRICHMENT WEEKENDS
FIAT girls enrichment weekends are designed to give young girls an adventure to be Fully Alive. Together they will play games, face challenges, sing songs, laugh, hike, pray, and make life-long friends. Campers will explore what it means to live their FIAT, saying Yes! “Be it done to me according to Thy word” through humility, purity, charity, and the openness to obeying God’s plan. Join us and take a step closer to radically embracing the beauty and dignity of every woman through Mary and the Sacraments. Each month will focus on a theme designed to address the monthly liturgical calendar and Saints of the Catholic Church.
FIAT & BLOSSOM CAMP PARTICIPANTS
Campers: 8 -13 yrs
Jr. Counselors: 14-17 yrs
Counselors: 18 yrs+
"Anyone who has a daughter should consider sending them to Blossom
Camp, there is nothing else like it to grow your Catholic Faith."
— Mike, Mission Viejo
QUO VADIS - THE CATHOLIC CAMP FOR BOYS
2021 SUMMER CAMP
July 18-23, 2021
Theme: Band of Brothers
QUO VADIS is a week long summer camp for boys (ages 8-13). It is designed to offer a rigorous yet joyful week of journeying toward manhood with and for the glory of God. QUO VADIS will engage the intellectual, moral, and physical virtues of our boys as they face a variety of challenges. On their week-long journey, boys will get dirty, pray, make friends, sacrifice, play games, attend Mass, hike, meditate, and learn about whom God is calling them to be.
Throughout the year, Quo Vadis Formation Weekend Camps are designed to teach young boys how to be Vanguards of hearts, minds, and souls. Each month will focus on a theme designed to address the monthly liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church.
Quo Vadis Vanguards are young men who are heeding God’s call to be spiritual first responders, learning to lead others into the fray, positioning themselves to be right hand men, bravely going where lesser men fear to tread, paving the way, setting the example, being role models, serving as men for others.
Campers 8-13 yrs
Jr. Counselors 14-17 yrs
Counselors 18+ yrs
CATHOLIC FAMILY SUMMER CAMP
July 29- August 1, 2021
Theme: Beloved Child of God
Family Camp is four days of fun, prayer, the sacraments and focusing on the things that matter most. Equip your family to face whatever lies ahead with faithful courage! Programming includes materials, lodging for 3 nights, 9 meals, use of all facilities including pool, low ropes, hiking trails and more!
CATHOLIC FAMILY CAMPouT
Join in for some good ol’ fashioned fun, family and fellowship. This family camp out experience is unique as Santiago Retreat Center is close to the city, yet rustic and tucked away into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Families will be treated to optional Catholic programming and Sunday mass. Our Shroud Center exhibit will be available for campers to explore the science of the Shroud of Turin. Our camping site boasts 27 RV sites with 5 pull through full RV hookup locations. There is tent camping, car camping, roof top tent camping, tear drop trailers, vanlife dwellings and of course RVs. Our grounds provide public bathrooms and showers along with picnic tables and a beautiful swimming pool.
Family Camp-out is a weekend of fun, prayer, the sacraments and focusing on the things that matter most. Equip your family to face whatever lies ahead with faith, courage, and authenticity!
Resumes fall 2021
CAMP PACKING LIST
At Santiago Retreat Center camps we require all campers & adults to adhere to our camp dress code for the sake of comfort, safety, and modesty.
❏ Closed toe tennis/walking shoe for everyday use
❏ A second pair of closed toe shoes to get dirty, wet, muddy (these might be ruined)
❏ Sandals & opened toed shoes are not allowed
❏ Modest clothing that is comfortable and appropriate for hiking and outdoor activities (5 nights, 6 days)
❏ No tank-tops. Shirts must cover your shoulders & chest.
❏ No crop tops. Shirts must cover your entire stomach & back.
❏ No short shorts. Shorts must be mid-thigh length.
❏ 2 pair of clothes to get dirty, wet, muddy (these might be ruined)
❏ Bathing Suit *Girls: One piece suits are recommended. T- shirt required if you wear a two piece suit. Swim bottoms must cover the entire bottom - no Cheeky style
❏ Sweatshirt and/or jacket for evening
❏ Underwear for each day
❏ Socks for each day
❏ Shower Shoes (flip flops)
❏ Sunglasses & hat
❏ Twin Size sheets
❏ Blanket or sleeping bag
❏ Toiletry bag with:
❏ Shampoo, conditioner, & soap
❏ Toothbrush & toothpaste
❏ Shower towel
❏ Pool/Beach towel
❏ Refillable water bottle
❏ Backpack (small & light weight)
❏ Bug repellant
❏ Bag for dirty cloths
❏ Bible, rosary, journal, pen
Things Not to Bring:
❏ Cellphone, iPads, Digital Music Player, Kindles, iPods, GoPro, Etc.
❏ Portable Gaming Systems
❏ Expensive Clothing or Jewelry
❏ Illegal Drugs
❏ Alcohol, Tobacco Products, Vaping devices
❏ Knives: This includes pocket knives
❏ Firearms, Weapons, Fireworks
❏ Clothing with inappropriate artwork/language (ie:Alcohol,Tobacco or Obscenities)*
*All above items will be confiscated by Camp Counselor/Santiago Staff. Santiago will not be responsible for loss or damage of these items.
If we are advised by state or local public health officials at a future date that we need to cancel our camps due to the safety of our campers and staff, we will fully refund any registration deposits or fees paid.