Helping Children Deal with Grief
Camp Dogwood is a free, 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. Created in 1997 as an outreach of West Georgia Hospice, it now serves 60 children each summer with the help of about 80 volunteers.
Our next camp is TBD in 2020. Stay tuned for exact dates.
Camp Dogwood is held at Camp Pioneer on the Georgia Sheriff’s Pineland campus, a beautiful, spacious, well-equipped facility located on Young’s Mill Road about three miles outside of LaGrange. Through art, games and stories, campers will be helped to:
- Realize that all people grieve.
- Discover healthy ways to deal with grief.
- Find positive ways of remembering their loved one.
Children can learn healthy coping skills all while enjoying fun activities such as swimming, horseback riding and more!
School counselors may fill out a referral form for a child here. (As an alternative, a downloadable 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 downloadable 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 here. As an alternative, you may download the application here and mail it to West Georgia Hospice, 1510 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240.
For more information, call (706) 845-3905.