Rites of Passage (R.O.P.)

Rites of Passage (ROP)


Drawn from rites of passage rituals from cultures around the world, the R.O.P. program encourages you to discover who you are and what you are capable of achieving.



The Rites of Passage (R.O.P.) program at Camp Dogwood is a 14-day wilderness challenge and leadership program for participants entering 10th and 11th grade. Its mission is to empower participants to develop strong character, positive self-esteem, and critical leadership skills that will enable them to make significant positive contributions to their own lives and communities.

This intensive two-week consists of a series of wilderness/outdoor survival, team building, leadership and community building activities.

Summer Dates

Session 1: June 20 – July 3

Session 2: July 7 – 20

Session 3: August 1 – 14



  • 5-day expedition in Shenandoah National Park
  • Learn wilderness survival skills
  • Outdoor education lessons
  • Team building exercises
  • Leadership development
  • Outdoor cooking and fire building exercises
  • Shelter building
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Group bonding