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Camp Dogwood

Camp Dogwood: A Grief Camp for Children

As hard as it is for adults to face and understand death, it is more difficult for a child. Children have unique needs and special ways they grieve. Through art, music, horseback riding, swimming, rope-climbing and small group activities, children learn healthy ways to express and cope with feelings of loss.

Camp Dogwood is a free, three-day overnight grief camp for children who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade from Troup, Coweta, Heard, Meriwether and Harris counties who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This year’s camp will be held from Friday to Sunday, June 7 to 9, 2019. Created in 1997 as an outreach of West Georgia Hospice, it now serves 60 children each summer with the help of about 125 volunteers.

Camp Dogwood is held at Pineland Sheriff’s Camp, a beautiful, spacious, well-equipped facility is located on Young’s Mill Road about three miles outside of LaGrange. In a rustic outdoor setting, campers, through art, games and stories, will be helped to:

  • Realize that all people grieve.
  • Discover healthy ways to deal with grief.
  • Find positive ways of remembering their loved one.

Campers also will enjoy fun activities such as swimming, fishing, horseback riding and more.

School counselors may fill out a referral form for a child here. (As an alternative, a printable form is available here.) This referral does not reserve a spot for a child at camp. After receiving this referral, our team will contact the parent/guardian and send them a camp application to complete if they are interested. Thank you for your referral!

Parents and guardians may fill out and submit an application on behalf of their child here. (As an alternative, a printable form is available here.)

Volunteers are crucial to the success of Camp Dogwood and are needed for direct involvement with group counseling sessions; kitchen duty; memory activities/arts and crafts; set-up and registration; activity time; and more. Those who would like to volunteer may fill out an application and sheriff’s background check form here. As an alternative, a printable form is available here.

For more information, call (706) 845-3905.

Related Statistics

  • 1.2 million children will lose a parent to death before age 15
  • 1.9 million children under age 18 have lost one or both parents to death
  • Unresolved childhood grief can contribute to behavioral and emotional disorders, learning difficulties, as well as problems such as teenage pregnancy and drug use.