Camp Mariastella

Started by SSS in 1942, Camp Mariastella is located in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA. Our mission, to enhance the life skills of people of all ages, cultures and walks of life, fosters among all who participate in the program, an awareness of the beauty of creation and the action of God in their lives. Hundreds of girls and young women have attended camp over years, while hundreds more adults have engaged in spiritual retreats and confirmation classes year-round.

In 2019 the Wrightwood property was sold to a new Catholic group, dedicated to creating a leadership camp for young people… shaping future Catholic leaders.


The Camp Mariastella program will continue to operate as a ministry of the Sisters of Social Service, primarily as a leadership development program for children and young adults and their families.

Camp Mariastella is an opportunity for campers to come together, recognize commonalities, and learn from each other through living together in a cooperative environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Girls and young women 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.

Likewise, Regis House Community Center offers four weeks of summer day camp for campers ages 6-13 and a job experience for high school/college age students as day camp counselors. Campers are provided with many activities for fun, friendship, and field trips exploring the many areas in and outside of Los Angeles, and the opportunity to participate in 4-days and 3-nights of overnight camp.

Because many of our campers come from low-income, at-risk families, we have “Camperships” or Camp Sponsorships for these young campers, so that they can attend camp and gain positive experiences that enhance their social and emotional development.

Our programs give them opportunities to exchange their inner-city neighborhoods for a safe, outdoors environment that teaches them leadership skills, coping skills, and self-esteem. Throughout their time many will undergo a miraculous change as a result of the activities and experiences they are exposed to.


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