The Candidate

Participants (also called “Candidates”) in Tres Dias must be sponsored by someone who has completed a Tres Dias or similar 3-Day Weekend.  The Sponsor carries significant responsibility to assure that the participant’s family is taken care of so that the participant can focus on the activities of the weekend without the need to worry about what is going on at home.  It is not unusual for a sponsor to chauffeur children or to even fix plumbing leaks during the other spouse’s weekend.

Tres Dias is intended for the individual who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, at least 21 years old, and has not attended a similar 3-day experience (ie: Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus).  All that is needed is to complete an application and have it signed by a leader in your home church (ie: Elder, Pastor, etc).  If you are a Christian without a home church, other arrangements can be made.  Just let your sponsor know, and they can help.

Once accepted for a weekend, you will be provided with a list of recommended items to bring with you to the campground.  A general list is as follows:

  • Twin Size Bedding and/or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towel & Washcloth
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Comb/Brush/Hair Dryer/Curling Iron
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • All personal medication, particularly prescription
  • Casual, comfortable clothing, ie: Jeans, jogging attire, light jackets/sweaters in cool weather.  NOTE: The owners of the Campground have requested that we do not wear shorts.
  • Earplugs

What NOT to bring:

  • Cell Phones/Cameras/Digital Devices
  • Watches/Clocks
  • Purses

Other than that, your sponsor will take care of the other details.  All you have to do is be ready to go.  You’re sponsor will most likely even drive you to the Camp.  We want you to be comfortable during the weekend.  If you forget something, we generally have a supply of toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene, Tylenol etc. 

You may not be able to attend the very next scheduled Weekend.  Attendance is limited and is prioritized by the time stamp on the application.  If a couple is attending, the husband is required to attend first.  For young men and women between the ages of 15 and 21, a separate 2-day retreat called Vida Nueva is available once per year, in February.

If you have special dietary or medical needs, be sure to let your sponsor know in advance.  Special diets can generally be accommodated so long as the volunteer kitchen staff know the details.  If you are on a strict medical regiment, again, a volunteer will be available to ensure that you receive your medicine at the time you need it, around the clock.