“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with him in the building of the civilization of love.”

– Pope St. John Paul II, World Youth Day 2002

Why Retreats?

Our desire is that every student would be awakened, empowered, and equipped to live the adventure of their Catholic faith. Our programs are designed to invite students to engage with the richness of faith that they receive through the work and sacrifice of those around them who seek to educate the next generation of leaders. We have been blessed with an incredible opportunity to partner with Catholic schools and parishes to provide an experience that supports the teachings and discipleship that are already happening within these environments. The adventure of a retreat on our campus unveils the adventure of life in Christ- an adventure available every day and capable of enlivening every school, parish, family, and community!

2020-21: Meeting the Challenge

Health Policies and Procedures

You can trust that when you’re here, you’re safe.
The leadership at Damascus maintains regular communication with third-party safety advisors and local public health and safety authorities to create a safe space regardless of circumstances.  In light of Covid-19, our efforts have increased to include what we believe to be a thorough communicable disease plan.

How we keep you safe on site
In accordance with state guidelines, our modified operations include the following measures:
– implementation of staff and participant health pre-screening and daily screening protocol
– all camp activities (small group, large group sessions, activities, Mass, meals, bunks) will take place in a restricted group of 10 (1 counselor, 9 campers) to limit diversity of interactions throughout the week
– arrangement of spaces to allow for appropriate distancing
– enhanced cleaning standards for shared equipment and food service
– sleeping quarters physically separated to small group of 10 to limit interaction
– use of face-masks will be required from all campers, counselors and staff except when restricted due to health or particular activity requirements
– reduced total site capacity
– revisions to illness policy in-session
– site-wide access to additional hand washing locations
– programmatic focus on personal hygiene, nutrition, hydration, and sleep

For the full outline of our on-site protocol, please view this document: Damascus COVID-19 Policy for School Outreach and Retreats

The best of what we have to offer
There is simply no substitute for the incarnational reality of personal relationship. In light of the present atmosphere of social isolation, it’s what our kids need most.  This is why we’re willing to work hard to ensure a secure environment where your children can grow in confidence, encounter God’s love, and enjoy the adventure.

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Our Programs

Participants will experience a faith awakening through high adventure activities, worship ministry, adoration, games and much more. Explore our different offerings below, and scroll down for available dates and FAQ’s.

Abundant Life Retreat

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Leadership Retreat

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Decision Point Confirmation Retreat

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Faith and Science Retreat

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the content of each retreat program?

Please explore our programs on this page to see details for each retreat.

Which retreat(s) should I choose?

Damascus exists to bring revival to the Catholic Church in America. Our vision is deep partnerships with schools and parishes in which students can have successive experiences that invite them further in their relationship with Christ, and bring lasting transformation to the culture of the school and parish. With that in mind, our programs are designed for specific developmental levels which a student can experience in sequence:

Faith and Science: 6th grade
Leadership: 7th grade
Confirmation: 8th grade
Abundant Life: High School Underclassmen
Made for More: High School Upperclassmen

How much does a retreat cost?

Middle School retreats are $120/person.

High School retreats are $150/person.

One chaperone comes free.

How much is the deposit?

Less than 50 participants: $300

50-100 participants: $500

100+ participants: $700

When is payment due?

Deposit is due with contract. Final invoices will be sent following the retreat:

  • December 1, 2020 for retreats in August-November 2020
  • June 1, 2021 for retreats in December 2020-May 2021
What is the change/cancellation policy?

The number submitted in your contract provides the baseline for the cost of your retreat. If those numbers change after the contract is signed, we are able to accommodate up to the percentages listed in the table below. The farther out from the retreat that you notify Damascus of the change, the more we are able to accommodate.

Notification of Change Minimum % of Contract Amount Owed
Within 6 months-91 days of event 35%
Within 90-31 days 60%
Within 30-7 days 90%
Within 7 days 100%: no adjustments
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Next Steps

Here’s what to expect after you’ve signed your contract.

  1. Share the forms below with parents prior to the retreat
  2. Ask your priest about being present for Adoration (and/or Mass for Confirmation retreats)
  3. By 1 month prior to the retreat, submit a list of student and chaperone names & dietary needs at the following link.

Coordinators

Please submit your information 1 month in advance!

Weekday RetreatsWeekend Retreats

Retreat Dates 2020-21

Faith and Science:

Fall 2020: Sept 16-18, Sept 23-25, Sept 30-Oct 2, Oct 7-9

Spring 2021: April 7-9, April 14-16, April 21-23, April 28-30

Leadership:

Fall 2020: Oct 14-16, Oct 21-23, Oct 28-30

Spring 2021: Mar 10-12, Mar 17-19, Mar 24-26

Confirmation: 

Fall 2020: Sept 11-13, Sept 18-20, Sept 25-27, Oct 16-18, Nov 20-22

Spring 2021: Mar 12-14, Mar 26-28, Apr 9-11, Apr 16-18

PSR: Mar 19-21

High School Retreats: Please inquire about Wednesday-Fridays in November-March

*Damascus reserves the right to adjust the date and program offerings listed here insofar as they have not been reserved by contract with any group, and to make additional offerings in the future.

Questions? Email retreats@damascus.net