Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center is the perfect location for you to hold your next confirmation retreat. Nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, STYCC provides a safe, inexpensive, youth friendly facility with a beautiful spiritual environment. STYCC also organizes several Confirmation retreats each year. Confirmation retreats are a unique way of providing engaging spiritual experiences for young Catholics preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Based on Confirmation themes, our Confirmation retreats promise to be spiritually uplifting, faith-filled, and fun. These retreats are open to everyone, especially parishes that are limited in resources and would not otherwise be able to provide a Confirmation retreat.
6th Grade Science & Nature Camps
In order to enhance a young person’s wonder and appreciation for, and engagement with life, both spiritual and physical, STYCC has created an exceptional Science and Nature Camp (SNC) for 6th grade students. The SNC is designed to engage students in direct observation and experience of the natural world, and help students integrate a deepening knowledge of the natural sciences with a growing understanding of our Christian faith.
Our dedicated Science and Nature Camp team has developed a site-specific curriculum for Salt Creek Canyon that aligns with the state educational standards for 6th grade students. Over the course of our camps students will actively participate in interactive and thought provoking studies and activities. Science and Nature Camps are offered in the Spring and Fall of each year. We offer 3-night camps, 1-night camps, and day camps.
Middle School Retreats and Camps
STYCC is dedicated to serving our Catholic school youth in the Diocese of Fresno. In addition to our 6th grade Science and Nature Camps, we offer 8th grade retreats, a junior high summer camp, open houses, and will soon offer 7th grade retreats.
8th Grade One-Day Retreat:
This retreat is designed for Catholic School 8th graders, focusing on the challenging transition from 8th grade to high school. The retreat will involve engaging activities, a special Mass, inspiring discussions, and great food.
Middle School Open House:
This free Open House is for Catholic Schools that have not yet experienced our wonderful retreat center. Join us for a tour, activities for students, Q & A, and a tasty lunch.
A Catholic Retreat Experience for Middle School Youth – STYCC invites all Jr. High youth to experience a high energy, eat till your full, fun till you drop Jr. High summer camp. This camp is for all Jr. High youth who love the outdoors and want to enrich their Catholic faith. This camp involves live music, skits, dynamic programming, swimming, hiking, liturgy, basketball, creative arts and more!
Spanish Retreats, Youth Rallies, and More
It is estimated that 75 percent of the Diocese of Fresno Catholic population is Hispanic. In order to serve the many Spanish-speaking youth groups and youth leaders in our Diocese, STYCC offers several events in Spanish. Please contact STYCC for more details.
The STYCC youth rally is a festive one-day event open to all young people. Join us for a day of music, praise, speakers, prayer, and food. This day promises to be both inspirational and fun for everyone!
This retreat is designed for high school youth and will focus on the spirituality of young people. During this retreat, participants will engage in meaningful experiences, fun activities, storytelling, deep discussions, plate-filled meals, and much more!
Based on the How to Build a Retreat series, STYCC will soon offer leadership workshops in Spanish. These workshops will center on retreat work, the spirituality of young people, and methods for effective youth ministry.
STYCC invites all Catholic youth leaders involved in youth-related ministry to join us for our Open House. Join us for a tour, entertainment, Q & A, and tasty food.
Leadership Workshops, Projects, and Retreats
Contributing to the development of youth and adult leaders working with youth, STYCC has designed several ways to assist leaders in retreat work and parish ministry.
How To Build a Retreat (Workshop Series):
Retreats hold the promise of providing young people with a genuine experience of their own connectedness to God, each other, and the faith community. Yet, to plan a retreat is a major undertaking, and we often feel like we just don’t have enough to make it happen. Well, the truth is that together we have enough!
STYCC offers workshops that focus on innovative methods for retreat work, involving practical and effective ways to piece together the segments or blocks that make up a whole retreat. The How to Build a Retreat series looks at the power of retreats by providing actual retreat experiences mixed together with How To workshops. Together we will explore storytelling, designing experiences, and creative ways of expression, dialogue, and reflection. STYCC encourages retreat teams to attend, including potential youth leaders. This series includes the following workshops: The Power Use of Bible Stories in Retreat Work; Creating Powerful Retreat Experiences; and Creating a Powerful Soundtrack for Retreats. Keep in touch to hear about future workshops.
Youth Leadership Project
The Youth Leadership Project is designed to provide young leaders, ages 16-24, with the opportunity to express their own stories and connect their stories to the stories of our God, our Catholic faith, and the faith community.
STYCC will soon offer Leadership retreats for high school youth (and for junior high youth in the coming years). These retreats will seek to develop youth leaders using models based on the spirituality of accompaniment, the see-judge-act process, narrative theology, and the arts. The summer Leadership retreat (2015) will be connected to the Youth Leadership Project and will center on the spirituality of accompaniment and storytelling. Check back with us for more details.