Camp Mariastella Summer 2023 Update!
*Registration Starts Now!
A Note from the Directors,
We are excited to welcome you back to Camp Mariastella! As always, we will take care to keep each camper healthy and safe during their stay with us.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns after reading over the guidelines for this summer.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 285-1555 for more information.
The Sister of Social Services no longer owns the property in Wrightwood but Camp Mariastella will continue to use the location for the summer camp with sessions for girls and leadership development.
The property was purchased by St Edward Retreat and Conference Center who will offer retreats going forward – including Catholic retreats and conferences – at a place where you can 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.
Location – Camp Mariastella’s Summer Camp will be held at different locations throughout the summer. Check the Girl’s Camp page for the details of each session.
Some sessions will be at the St. Edward Retreat Center 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, it offers more than 200 acres of pine and oak forest. The 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 – Camp Mariastella, Inc. is a not-for-profit 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. 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, recognize commonalities, and 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.
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.