Camp New Dawn

Camp New Dawn takes the essential ingredients of summer camp - fun, food and friendship - and adds activities that help children and teens express what it feels like to lose someone who they love.

Camp New Dawn is a 4-day, three-night greif retreat summer camp for children, teens and families who are grieving after the death of a loved one. Campers learn healthy coping skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Camp New Dawn also includes an adult and family retreat. Parents and guardians of campers arrive for an overnight session with other adults before they are joined by their children. During the second half of the family camp the adults and children play, talk and learn together. They take home experiences and skills that help them rely on one another to heal as they honor the memory of their departed loved ones.




Camp Activities

All activities are conducted with one-on-one support and close supervision by trained staff and volunteers.

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Arts & crafts
  • Challenge course
  • Campfire
  • Games
  • Music

Campers engage in group discussions and activities with other kids who have experienced the death of a loved one. During their weekend campers interact with professional grief counselors who help them learn about and express grief in a safe, natural environment.


The success of Camp New Dawn depends on a group of caring and compassionate adults who volunteer as buddies. Each camper is paired with an adult buddy for the weekend. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. New buddies must complete a three-hour training program. All buddies participate in a 4-hour training program prior to the start of camp.


$30 per camper. No child is turned away because of inability to pay.



To register a camper, or to become a Camp New Dawn volunteer complete the forms below and return to 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, MD 21617. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109.





Make a Donation

Compass Regional Hospice relies on community donations to cover camp expenses so that every child who will benefit from the experience can attend. Donations in any amount are welcome. Businesses and individuals can also sponsor Camp New Dawn. Click here to donate online.  For more information about how to make a donation, contact Kenda Leager,, 443-262-4106.








  • "Children and teens are often the forgotten mourners. Because they grieve differently than adults, their needs are often overlooked."

Who: This retreat is designed for children, teens and families grieving after the death of a loved one.

Where: Camp Pecometh, 136 Bookers Wharf Road, near Centreville, Maryland, on the beautiful Chester River.


Retreat for Children & Teens

Ages 7-17: Saturday, August 18 at 12:30 p.m. until  Monday, August 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Mini Camp for Young Children

Ages 4-6: Monday, August 20 at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Family retreat

Adult retreat: Sunday, August 19 at 4:00 p.m.

Adults & Children: Sunday, August 19 at 4:30 p.m. until Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.