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!
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.
Please explore our programs on this page to see details for each retreat.
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
Middle School retreats are $120/person.
High School retreats are $150/person.
One chaperone comes free.
Less than 50 participants: $300
50-100 participants: $500
100+ participants: $700
Deposit is due with contract. Final invoices will be sent following the retreat:
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|
Faith and Science:
Fall 2021: Sept 15-17, Sept 22-24, Sept 29-Oct 1, Oct 6-8, Oct 13-15
Spring 2022: Mar 30-April 1, April 6-8, April 20-22, April 27-29
Fall 2021: Oct 20-22, Oct 27-29, Nov 3-5
Spring 2022: Mar 9-11, Mar 16-18, Mar 23-25
Fall 2021: Sept 17-19, Sept 24-26, Oct 1-3, Oct 15-17, Nov 5-7, Nov 19-21
Spring 2022: Mar 11-13, Mar 25-27, April 8-10
High School Retreats:
Fall 2021: Nov 10-12, Nov 17-19, Dec 1-3
Spring 2022: Feb 2-4, Feb 9-11, Feb 16-18, Mar 2-4
*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.
Here’s what to expect after you’ve signed your contract.