Dawg Camp

Dawg Camp is a nationally renowned extended orientation program designed to assist students with their transition into the University of Georgia community.

What is Dawg Camp?

Dawg Camp is a nationally renowned extended orientation program designed to assist students with their transition into the University of Georgia community. These programs allow participants to meet other incoming students and connect with current campus leaders in the spirit of UGA’s history and traditions over the course of multiple days. Dawg Camp provides a foundation for a successful college experience by exposing participants to student life, exploring common transition topics, and engaging in fun and dynamic activities. This is also an opportunity to develop close friendships and meaningful skills to thrive in the first year of college.

Each camp has a specific focus that allows students to get the most out of their Dawg Camp experience.

Dawg Camp 2022 Staff Applications Open Sept 27, 2021

Make your mark on the Class of 2026 by joining the Dawg Camp family! Dawg Camp Counselors strive to provide first year students with an exceptional transition into the University of Georgia! Along the way, you will gain an opportunity to learn more about yourself, grow as a leader, and give back to the university in a remarkable way. Why are you waiting? Dawg Camp is the place to be! Be sure to follow us on social media!

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Dawg Camp Classic City
June 8 – 12, 2021 + June 15 – 19, 2021


Dawg Camp Classic City is open to 12 incoming first year students per session. This program provides participants with the opportunity to partake in community service projects throughout Athens-Clarke County while gaining a deeper understanding service work and appreciation for “The Classic City.” Throughout the week, participants explore campus and beyond to learn about their new home through a service-based lens.

Dawg Camp Fusion
June 22 – 26, 2021


Dawg Camp Fusion is a weeklong Athens-immersion program for 15 incoming first year students that offers a unique understanding of the Classic City and what makes it “home” for students beyond the UGA campus. Throughout the week, students are exposed to Athens by eating at local restaurants, exploring the thriving art scene, and touring local music venues as a way to learn about the city’s rich culture. Participants also get the unique opportunity to meeting and network with local UGA alumni to learn more about their experiences and why they love UGA! 

Dawg Camp Connect
July 7 – 10, 2021


Dawg Camp Connect is a dynamic program built specifically for up to 12 transfer students to help adjust seamlessly into their new university home. As implied by the name, participants will have opportunities to connect with UGA, connect with Athens, connect with valuable campus resources, and, most importantly, connect with one another in a meaningful way in order to enhance their networks on campus and their transition to the Bulldog family before classes start in the fall. Next stop… UGA!

Dawg Camp Innovate
July 13 – 17, 2021


Dawg Camp Innovate is a weeklong Athens-immersion program for 40 incoming first year students (2 small groups of 20 students) that offers a unique opportunity to launch new ideas and think beyond convention. New students will participate in projects alongside Athens non-profits, explore innovation, and build relationships with local entrepreneurial leaders. While learning about their new home in the Classic City, Dawg Camp Innovate participants develop valuable leadership skills, explore UGA’s involvement opportunities, and build a sense of community.

Dawg Camp Adventure
July 6 – 11, 2021 + July 13 – 18, 2021


Dawg Camp Adventure is an outdoors, wilderness-based program open to 16 incoming first year students per session. With the North Carolina mountains as a backdrop, this program gives participants the opportunity to explore the great outdoors through camping, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor recreation activities.  Throughout the camp, participants have a change to learn more about themselves, form strong bonds with their peers, and learn more about life at UGA! Participants will also learn how to get plugged into similar experiences once they are on campus! 

Dawg Camp Discovery
July 23 – 25, 2021


Dawg Camp Discovery is a three-day retreat open to 250 incoming first year students that is centered on UGA spirit and traditions, campus involvement, leadership, and navigating the first year transition. Throughout the experience, participants discover more about themselves and find their place at UGA based on their unique strengths, personality and skills. Participants will also get to build a strong sense of community among their peers through elements of friendly competition, and will be able to go into the first semester with a better understanding of what it really means to be a Georgia Bulldog!