We invite you to Camp Mariastella to discover peace and beauty in a natural, rustic setting. Renew and refresh your mind and spirit in the wonderful pine scented fresh air away from the pressures and busyness of the city.
Camp Mariastella’s mission is to enhance the life skills of people of all ages, cultures and walks of life by fostering an awareness of the beauty of creation and the action of God in their lives.
Location and Climate
Camp Mariastella is located in the mountains of Wrightwood, California. It is adjacent to the Angeles National Forest in the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains. Northeast of Los Angeles, at an altitude of 6,500 feet, Mariastella offers more than 200 acres of pine and oak forest. The camp’s mountain location offers miles of hiking opportunity amidst picturesque forest scenery. The Fall and Spring months at this altitude are very enjoyable with cool days and cooler nights. The Winter season is chilly due to cold with periodic snow.
History and Philosophy
Camp Mariastella, Inc. is a not-for-profit camp that is chartered by the Sisters of Social Service. The Sisters, who had been involved in youth camping since the 1930′s, founded Mariastella in 1941. Their values are consciously reflected in the spirit and program of Camp.
The focus of Mariastella is outdoor recreation with a Christian, ecumenical setting. It has always been the Sisters’ philosophy that Mariastella should serve children and young adults from all walks of life. Mariastella is a place to come together, to recognize commonalities and to learn from each other through living together in a cooperative environment.
Youth groups from all over Southern California have an opportunity to “be still and pause a while” in a scenic, safe environment, where listening, sharing, praying and growing happen naturally. At Mariastella, the children are presented with opportunities for fun, friendship and a chance to explore their own values as well as their dreams. Mariastella is a place to be and make a friend.
Come to Mariastella so you can experience a contemporary expression of how “He led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves.” (Mk 9:1).
Each Trail that winds among the pines Will always be in our memory. When evening campfires cease burning bright, When each last ember fades from sight, We go to rest and know that God Is watching Mariastella tonight.