ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

Please note:
All activities are subject to change, depending upon the future scenarios with COVID-19.

Fishing at Dogwood Acres Campground

Fishing at Dogwood Acres

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Christmas at Dogwood Acres

Come see Santa

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Shiver me Timbers at Dogwood Acres

Arrrgh Pirate Fun

There is always something fun happening at Dogwood Acres Campground. We offer a full schedule of planned activities throughout the season, right from April 1st and the opening of trout season to the last bonfire on October 31st! Annual events and typical activities include, Cinco de Mayo Weekend, Pirate Weekend, Winter Wonderland, Halloween Weekends ... and much, much more. In addition to everything that is happening right here at the campground, there is a wide range of events that are scheduled throughout the season in Cumberland County and the surrounding communities, including several major automotive events at Carlisle. Whatever weekend you choose, you can be sure that there will always be something happening at Dogwood Acres!

Activities Schedule 2022

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Opening Day:
Friday, April 1st, 2022

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April 1-3
Opening Weekend:

Welcome back to Dogwood Acres! We are excited to get the new season started. Come on out and camp with us.
April 8-10
Clean-Up Weekend:

Come join us for our clean up weekend. Meet friends and enjoy being outside. Stay 1 night free with 4 hours of labor on Saturday 8:00AM-1:00PM, followed by a welcome back thank you BBQ lunch.
April 15-17
Easter Weekend:

A fun-filled weekend of Easter activities for children and adults. We will have an egg hunt for kids and a night hunt for adults! There will be crafts and an Easter service on Sunday.
April 22-24
Pizza Party Weekend:
Pizza Friday Night! Come down to the pavilion and feast on the best pizza pies in town! (Order must be put in ahead of time.)
Spring Carlisle (Collector Car Swap Meet, Corral, & Auction) April 20-24.

May

April 29 - May 1
Cinco de Mayo / Chaplain’s Breakfast
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Saturday, come out and celebrate Cinco De Mayo with our 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Bring your best chili and prepare to be judged, or just come for the tasting and party. Bowls will be sold to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Sunday, 9:30 AM will be our Chaplain’s Breakfast. Please bring a covered dish to share. DAC will provide coffee, tea, breakfast cake and place settings.
May 6-8
Mother’s Day Weekend:

Show your appreciation for our Moms. The men are cooking! Saturday morning, Mother’s Day Breakfast ($) will be in the pavilion. Moms eat free and there will be a donation for all others. The Cornerstone Quartet will be playing during the Mother’s Day Breakfast. Proceeds will benefit RMHC in Hershey. Sign up in store. Crafts for Mother’s Day ($).
May 13-15
Heroes Weekend:

We want to honor our service men and women and give all active/retired military, policemen, firemen, and first responders, 1 free night with their stay. Please bring a picture/patch to add to our Honor Room wall.
Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals – May 13-14.
May 20-22
Relax Weekend:

Get ready for the summer and chill out for the weekend! Take a hike nearby or rent a bike to explore the Cumberland Rail Trail. Transportation to and from is available!
May 27-30
Memorial Day Weekend (3-day minimum):

Saturday and Sunday are packed with activities for kids and adults. The swimming pool opens. Enter in the Pinewood Derby Annual Memorial Day Race. Bring your car from home or make one at craft time. We will have patriotic crafts and you can make your own tie-dye t-shirts. We will have a Memorial Day observance on Sunday. You may purchase a tree for our Memorial Garden with advanced notice. Bring a photo of yourself or family member, who has served/is serving our country for our Heroes Honor Wall.

June

June 3-5
Wing Ding Social Weekend:

Summer is coming, let’s party with wings ($), and lots of them. Let us know who’s in (and what you are bringing) so we can prepare. Bring something that goes along with wings, or another dish to share. Even if wings are not your thing, please come to our fling. Don’t forget your favorite drink. We will provide the place settings and fixings for the wings.
Carlisle Ford Nationals – June 3-5.
June 10-12
Candy Camp Weekend:

Bring your sweet tooth this weekend and have fun with everything candy. Play candy bingo, make your candy treat, and play candy games.
Newville Fountain Festival – June 10-11.
June 17-19
Father’s Day Weekend:

Show your appreciation for the best Dads around on Saturday morning with a breakfast in the pavilion. The ladies are cooking. Dads will eat free, with a $ donation for all others. All proceeds to benefit RMHC of Hershey, PA. Annual cornhole tournament in the afternoon. Sign up in store.
June 24-26
Great American Campout Weekend:

Started by the National Wildlife Federation in 2005 come pledge to camp this weekend to help America’s Wildlife Survive. Come have a great time – pool, sun, music, and games. Bring your water guns. Meet to make s’mores at night and celebrate with a pool party!
Carlisle GM Nationals – June 24-25.

July

July 1-4
Fourth of July Weekend (3-day minimum):

Come celebrate America’s birthday. We have a jam packed weekend of activities for kids and adults. It is our 19th Annual Family Create-a-Boat race (we supply the box, you supply the materials). There will also be a bass fishing tournament, and a patriotic glow parade.
July 8-10
Relaxing Weekend:

Come sit by the pool and enjoy a weekend of peace and quiet after the busy holiday weekend.
July 15-17
Italian Weekend:

Come experience a taste of Italy. Sit down as a family and mangia on Italian cuisine.
Carlisle Chrysler Nationals – July 15-17.
July 22-24
Pool Party Weekend #1:

Come hang out at the pool, play games and listen to music. Wet Wagon Ride #1 for the season. Bring your water guns and balloons or get our extreme soakers from the store. No hoses allowed since we are on a well.
July 29-31
Relax Weekend:

Chill out by the pool. Spend time fishing with the family. Cozy up by a campfire and enjoy the Summer nights.

August

August 5-7
14th Annual Pirate Weekend:

Ahoy mates, if you missed last year’s swashbuckling pirates, come this year for fun and treasure hunting at night. Dress up: adults and children, bring all your pirate gear. Pirate wake up on Saturday morning. Kids’ pirate water games during the day! Decorate your sites if you like, and get ready for an action-packed day and night. Be ready for our Wet Wagon ride! Bring your own water guns and balloons or buy a soaker from the store. No hoses allowed since we are on a well.
Carlisle Truck Nationals - August 5-7.
August 12-14
Pool Party and Ice Cream Social Weekend:

Come have a great time at the pool. Listen to music and play games. End the afternoon with an Ice Cream Social. Dogwood provides the ice cream at a discount and toppings for free.
August 19-21
Relax Weekend:
Enjoy relaxing on a late summer weekend. Fish by the pond.
August 26-28
Relax Weekend:

Catch one of the last weekends in summer. Fish by the pond.
Corvettes at Carlisle, Celebrating 40 Years - August 25-27.

September

September 2-5
Labor day Weekend (3 day minimum):

Enjoy the activity packed weekend. Participate in the annual “Papa Jack Disc Tournament”. Bring your car from home or make one at craft time. Pool season comes to an end.
September 9-11
Relax Weekend:
Take in the end of the summer and the approaching Fall. Sit back and enjoy a quiet weekend after the busy holiday.
September 16-18
Chicken Corn Soup Weekend:

Bring fixin’s to make a good pot of soup. We will enjoy it for lunch on Saturday ($). Bowls will be sold for charity. Bring bread or side, let us know, and let’s eat.
September 23-25
Winter Wonderland:

Bring your blowups and decorations for your site. Don’t forget a wrapped present for your child/children (drop off wrapped and labeled in office before Christmas dinner on Saturday). Presents will be handed out by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Break out your ugly sweater or t-shirt for Christmas dinner. Christmas dinner will be later on Saturday afternoon. Dogwood provides the main fixings and we ask everyone joining to please bring a side to go along. A donation toward Ronald McDonald House Charities is appreciated for the dinner.

October

September 30 - October 2
Relax Weekend:

Sit back and enjoy the October weather. Put your feet up and unwind with us.
Fall Carlisle, Collector Car Flear Market, Corral & Auction – September 28 - October 2.
October 7-9
Oktoberfest:

Roast Pork provided by DAC. Bring covered dish for Oktoberfest. Enjoy the foliage! The Blue Mountain starts to change colors.
October 14-16
Halloween Extravaganza #1 (2-day minimum):

Children’s social, pumpkin picking/carving/painting, trick-or-treat parade, and haunted wagon ride.
October 21-23
Halloween Extravaganza #2 (2-day minimum):

Children’s social, pumpkin picking/carving/painting, trick-or-treat parade, and haunted wagon ride.
October 28-30
Bonfire Weekend:

Come out and celebrate our last weekend of the season. We will have a bonfire to say farewell to camping for 2022!
All Weekends are 3 night minimum. All Holidays are a 3 or 4 night minimum.
Events may change due to weather or non participation. Check website for changes.
Wagon rides Saturday evenings.
Worship service starts May 8 and ends September 18.

Recreation & Disc Golf

Dogwood Acres provides campers with a full range of top quality recreational amenities.
As our guest, you will enjoy access to everything you need to insure that every member of your family will have an enjoyable stay. In addition to the amenities that you would expect to find, we also offer a fishing pond which contains sizeable fish, not just wishes, pedal cart rentals, hiking trails a short drive around the block, and a 9-hole disc golf course which was remodeled for 2009. Have a great time around the swimming pool. Youngsters 5-12 can experience our “Hundred Acre Wood” wooden playground climbing experience. Many of our planned activities are centered around our recreation hall and other recreational amenities. Whatever your recreational pursuits, our goal is to exceed your expectations.

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• Swimming Pool • Snack Shack • Fishing Pond • Wooden Playground • Disc (Frisbee) Golf • Pedal Cart Rentals •
• Paddle Boat Rentals • Basketball • Volleyball • Shuffleboard • Bocce • Horseshoes •
• Recreation Hall • Game Room • Bike and Hiking Trails Nearby •

Hiking Trails


There is a wide range of excellent hiking opportunities within immediate proximity of Dogwood Acres, ranging from short hikes suitable for families to longer, more challenging treks for more experienced hikers. The campground offers close access to the Flat Rock Trail, with a 2.5 mile hike up to Flat Rock’s beautifully scenic vista of the Cumberland Valley. Another nearby hike is on the Tuscarora Trail, the northernmost portion of an Appalachian Trail bypass route that may be followed to reach the Appalachian Trail. Other nearby hiking options include the Opossum Lake, the Woodburn Trail, and King’s Gap Environmental Center. Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch is a 20 minute drive down Route 944 to Route 74. Sit atop Waggoner’s Gap and see both sides of Cumberland and Perry Counties. Observe raptors in migration.
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Disc Golf


Disc golf has a long history at Dogwood Acres. Early in the 1970s Papajack Roddick and his son Dan “Stork” Roddick installed a nine hole course using modified tractor trailer tires as ground baskets. The result was one of the earliest disc golf courses in the country. At present there are over 2500 courses shown in the PDGA course directory as well as many unlisted ones hiding in parks, campgrounds and playgrounds all over the country. Most of them can be played for free, needing only one or two golf discs usually costing under ten dollars, surely making this the best bargain in sports. The tires have long since been replaced with basket targets. These were fabricated by camper Charlie Witman using materials bought by some of the golfers anxious to leave the ground basket world. The original holes continue to move to accommodate the changing nature of the campground.
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With the installation of our new swimming pool in 2009 came the need to move some holes, and we took the opportunity to completely remodel the course. New holes were plotted with increased risk=reward potential. We now take advantage of many trees, hills and the lake to make a course which players find more challenging and interesting than before. Rubber Fly Pad tee pads were installed on all holes, making footing perfect for those long throws now needed to clear the lake on holes #2, #5 and #6. Hole #4, from a high hill to a basket guarded by trees on the left and the lake on the right is probably our signature hole, although the return to old hole #9 is the favorite of many.

Campers play almost every weekend and the annual Labor Day tournament, now named the Papajack Open is in its 21st year. Whether you are a serious player or a casual player with a new interest in the sport, you will surely enjoy the disc golf course at Dogwood Acres!