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DoveTales Children’s Program

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DoveTales is designed for children (ages 6 - 13) who are coping with the death of a loved one. DoveTales is an educational, nurturing, and safe place for children to share their stories and to meet others "who get it". Campers and families will have the opportunity to learn effective and practical skills for coping with their grief. There is NO cost to attend this annual program.


DoveTales 2021 program schedule will be the following (Note: Revised as of 9/7/2021):


Kick Off Event - Saturday October 2, 2021

Location Update: Hospice of Washington County Corporate Office Parking Lot (747 Northern Ave, Hagerstown MD 21742) 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Campers and their families are invited to attend a "Drive In" event to kick off the DoveTales Program. Families will be invited to drive in and park to meet volunteers, pick up all of their camp gear and art supplies, and participate in a few special creative activities. We will also enjoy a special treat!


Interactive Virtual Learning and Connection - Offered October 3rd - October 22nd

Campers, families, and volunteers are invited to access a customized online curriculum to continue to connect and engage in grief educational activities. Hospice of Washington ​County has teamed up with BEACON House Inc again to offer an interactive online program for 3 weeks. Each week will have a creative theme and activity to do at home.


Closing Memorial Ceremony and Reunion - Friday October 22, 2021

Location Update: Meet at Hospice of Washington County Corporate Office Parking Lot (747 Northern Ave, Hagerstown MD 21742) at 6:00 PM. Then, families are invited to drive to Doey's House (11370 Caring Pathway Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742) to view luminaries. 


All current and past campers, families, and volunteers are invited to attend this special evening event. Families will be invited to meet at the Hospice of Washington County Corporate office parking lot, then drive to Doey's House to view their loved one's memorial luminaries. A food truck will also be on site at Doey's House to enjoy dinner! 



Volunteer Opportunities

We are also looking for adult volunteers to assist with camp activities and serve as "Big Buddies". All training will be provided, and background checks are required.


For more information, please contact the Hospice of Washington County Bereavement team at 301-791-6360 or email Maria Reed at Visit our website,, to complete the camper and volunteer applications.


Spaces are limited and applications are required. All camper and volunteer applications are due by Friday September 24, 2021.


NOTE: All COVID-19 protocols and social distancing must be followed during events on October 2nd and October 22nd.


Camper Application

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Background Check


If you are a previous camper/family or volunteer, and you wish to only attend the memorial event on October 22, 2021, please complete the following form: DoveTales and Camp Hope n Cope Reunion Registration Form.


Special thanks to:

Beacon House

Pediatric Movement Center