Service Camp Location
The Catholic Student Center
Home of the Catholic Terps, this is where our Young Adults first meet and have a mini retreat for themselves before the start of the Encounter week. Formation designed specifically for 18 – 20 year olds, the Young Adult retreat is required for any participant who is 18 years of age to 20 years old. The Catholic Student Center, located on the south end of campus on Guilford and Mowatt Lane, is also the place where our participants can go during free time. With volleyball, billiards, basketball, AC, movies and more for free, it is an ideal place to gather and relax between service and dinner.
Address: 4141 Guilford Drive, College Park, MD 20740
Memorial Chapel situated on Regent’s Drive and Chapel Drive, facing Route 1 is where we begin Encounter, with an opening Mass on the first day of the camp. Families are welcome to join us as we begin our week long service and spiritual retreat. Adoration is also offered during the free time for those who wish to have quiet afternoon prayer time.
Adele Stamp Union Building
Stamp Union Building UMD
The Stamp Union building, home of the student center on Campus Drive and Union Lane, is where we have our main meeting space. Morning Mass, prayer, breakfast, and evening programming occur in the Colony Ball room every day. Evening programming on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings are open to families to attend and hear our keynote speakers. Wednesday and Thursday evening are closed events, including reconciliation and community affirmation offered to our participants only.
We stay at the University of Maryland for our service camp in the summer. We are able to use the UMD facilities below for all our needs to be able to best host our participants, in part thanks to our cooperation with the Catholic Student Center, the Catholic chaplaincy for UMD.
Dormitories at UMD
Each summer we sleep in dormitories on campus. Participants are designated to gender specific floors if not entire gender specific dorms. Adult participants reside in dorms as well, in adult specific areas. Occasionally without AC, it is often a challenge to stay cool, but it also reminds us of those who live without with whom we strive to be in solidarity with. While it makes for a hot evening, we do have AC during our programming in the morning and evening. Fans are strongly recommended when we reside in non AC buildings.
We provide all meals to our participants. UMD provides breakfast and dinner, and parish/groups donate lunch items for our brown bag lunches every day. In an effort to be attentive to dietary needs, we recommend that participants review the UMD dining website. Dinners are in either South Dining Hall or North Dining Hall. Breakfast is generally continental in style, mostly baked goods, with fruit, yogurt, and beverages offered. Lunches are brown bag style, with a variety of food offerings provided that participants choose for themselves assembly line style.
Because of limited refrigeration at work sites, foods are often non-perishable in nature or can be consumed safely without refrigeration needed. Extreme dietary concerns should be managed by the participant – food can be brought if needed, however, access to refrigeration is limited.