Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What type of camp is Camp Dogwood?
  2. What are the requirements to be a camper?
  3. Are sighted individuals able to attend camp?
  4. Do I need a caregiver at camp?
  5. Why does my sighted caregiver, companion, spouse or minor child need to complete an application packet?
  6. How do I get an application packet for camp and when are the application packets available?
  7. Is Camp Dogwood a camp for youth?
  8. Is Camp Dogwood a residential camp and what types of accommodations are available for campers?
  9. When do campers need to arrive and depart?
  10. What is your mailing address and physical address?
  11. Does the camp provide transportation to and from camp?
  12. What is your mailing address and physical address?
  13. How do I get more information about Camp Dogwood?
  14. Does the camp accept out-of- state campers?
  15. Are special diets available at camp?
  16. Is assistance available for the camper fees?
  1. What type of camp is Camp Dogwood?

Camp Dogwood is a recreational facility. We serve persons with blindness and visually impairment. We operate a summer program with 10 one week overnight sessions. We offer a recreational/vacation experience. Activities include but are not limited to boating, swimming, fishing, tubing, art, crafts, Bingo, a dance, and off campus trips. Our off campus trips include bowling, shopping, art museum, zoo, and an auto museum.

  1. What are the requirements to be a camper?

Our minimum requirement to be a camper is 20/70 vision with best correction. Campers need to be able to perform their own self care. Campers that need assistance with self-care are required to bring a caregiver with them. If a camper has a legal guardian then the legal guardian (or a designated representative) will need to attend camp with them. Please contact us for details.

  1. Are sighted individuals able to attend camp?

Sighted individuals are welcome to accompany a camper with blindness/visual impairment as spouse, minor child, caregiver or legal guardian. Please contact us for details.

  1. Do I need a caregiver at camp?

Campers should be able to provide their own personal care skills such as eating, bathing, dressing and toileting. Campers must be able to independently make all of their own medical care decisions. Following orientation from a counselor, a camper must be able to exit the building should a fire alarm sound. If a camper needs assistance with any of these tasks, they should bring a caregiver with them. Adult campers with legal guardians must attend camp with their legal guardian, or designated representative.

  1. Why does my sighted caregiver, companion, spouse or minor child need to complete an application packet?

Due to insurance requirements, everyone attending our program is required to complete an application packet. This includes the medical form to be signed by an MD (medical doctor), PA (physician’s assistant) or NP (nurse practitioner).

  1. How do I get an application packet for camp and when are the application packets available?

Application packets may be downloaded from this website. You may call us to receive them by mail. You may request an application by email. Applications are available beginning in January of each year. Email: information@nclionscampdogwood.org or call 800-662-7401 x230.

  1. Is Camp Dogwood a camp for youth?

No. Our program is for adults with blindness and visual impairment. Our campers range in age from 18-100+ years.

For youth we partner with Raising Cane to offer Camp Abilities one week each summer. Camp Abilities is a sports camp for youth with blindness/visual impairment ages 11-17 years. Applications for Camp Abilities can be made through Raising Cane at their website: RaisingCane.org

  1. Is Camp Dogwood a residential camp and what types of accommodations are available for campers?

Our campus is a retreat center. We have hotel style rooms and amenities. Each guest room has two double beds. We provide all bed linens and towels. Each guest room has a private bathroom. All of our buildings have air conditioning and heat. There is a lounge area in each dwelling. The lounges have a TV, DVD, player, microwave, kitchenette and refrigerator. The guest rooms do not have phones or TVs in them. Our campus is equipped with WiFi.

  1. When do campers need to arrive and depart?

Campers should arrive between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Sundays, and depart before 10am on Saturdays.

  1. Does the camp provide transportation to and from camp?

Limited transportation is available for those campers who arrive by public bus or train in Charlotte, NC. Transportation to camp for those arriving by public transportation in Charlotte is only provided on Sundays. Transportation from camp for those departing by public transportation, bus or train from Charlotte, NC, is only provided on Saturdays. Arrival in Charlotte on Sunday should be scheduled for times between 1-5 PM Departures on Saturday from Charlotte should be scheduled for prior to 8 AM. Please contact us for details, or if other arrangements need to be made.

  1. What is your mailing address and physical address?

Our address is: 7050 Camp Dogwood Dr., Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

  1. How do I get more information about Camp Dogwood?

Please contact us by calling the camp office at 800-662-7401 ext. 230, or emailing us at Information@NCLionsCampDogwood.org. Please review this website, and check out our Facebook page.

  1. Does the camp accept out-of- state campers?

Out-of-state campers are accepted on a limited basis when space is available and a different fee schedule applies.

  1. Are special diets available at camp?

No special diets are available at camp. Our professional staff prepares a healthy variety of foods with USDA guidelines in mind. We are unable to accommodate specific diet plans (i.e. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) We do provide sugar free options at most meals. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and beverages with you to camp. Please contact us with any further questions or concerns.

  1. Is assistance available for the camper fees?

If you need assistance with your camper fee please contact your local Lions Club and/or social worker for the blind in your county. Your local Lions Club may be able to sponsor your fee. Your county social worker for the blind may be able to refer you to the local lions or other assistance. If you need help locating your local club please call the camp and we will refer you.