Rites of Passage (R.O.P.)


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