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"The Optimal Hospice team was like a grand orchestra. The coming and goings, the visits, getting the medications dialed in, making sure we were all comfortable and understood what was happening. Each and every member of mom's team brought something unique to the situation."

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Kids Camp

Kids Camp LogoThe loss of a loved one touches each member of the family, including children.  To help young people through their bereavement, Optimal Hospice Foundation created Kids Camp.  This over-night summer camp program is specially designed for young people ages 8 - 16 that have experienced the loss of an loved one in the recent past.

At Kids Camp, young people enjoy traditional camping activities, such as swimming and hiking, in an atmosphere where both staff and fellow campers understand their special needs. Kids Camp is held in the Bakersfield, Fresno, and Northern California (LIvermore) areas and is open to the community - attendees loved one did not have to utilize hospice services. The Fresno Camp is held in mid July, Bakersfield in early August and NORCAL in mid August.

Optimal Hospice Foundation would like to recognize The Taylor Family Foundation for hosting our NORCAL Kids Camp held at The Taylor Family Foundation at Camp Arroyo. The Taylor Family Foundation’s mission is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. For more information, please visit www.ttff.org.ion, please visit www.ttff.org.

This innovative experience is available at no cost to families, thanks to generous support from the community. Camp participants may be referred by school counselors, healthcare providers, family members and other individuals.

Click on the Kids Camp link below for a look at what Kids Camp has to offer. Activities vary from camp to camp based on the facility, however the essence and message is the same. The video was made possible via a grant from the Kern Community Foundation.

Kids Camp video


2018 Dates and Locations 

Fresno Camp
July 6th - 8th @ Camp Oakhurst in Coarsegold, CA
Bakersfield Camp
One Day Session (ages 6-9) July 28th @ Madison Grove Park in Bakersfield, CA
Session 1 (ages 9-12) July 29th - July 31st @ Gergen Ski Ranch in Bakersfield, CA
Session 2 (ages 12-16) August 1st - 3rd @ Gergen Ski Ranch in Bakersfield, CA
August 17th - 19th  hosted by The Taylor Family Foundation Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA

Referrals can be submitted year-round using the form below.


Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors and Donor

                Without their support this camp would not be possible                 

  • American Legion Riders Chapter 20 Porterville - Courage Sponsor
  • Bakersfield Purple Thunder - Courage Sponsor
  • C.A.R.E. for Kids - Courage Sponsor
  • Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Gamma XI Chapter Bakersfield - Courage Sponsor
  • Isnardi Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • Nick Hudson & Family - Courage Sponsor
  • The Grainger Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • The Taylor Family Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • Alternative Care - Hope Sponsor
  • Bitco, Inc. - Hope Sponsor
  • The Plank Foundation - Hope Sponsor
  • KGET TV 17 - Media Sponsor
  • Kaiser Permanente Kern County - Strength Sponsor
  • The Sommer Family- Strength Sponsor
  • In Memory of Chris Malicoat - Friendship Sponsor
  • Tom & Linda Schubert - Camper Sponsor
  • Kelly Hudson- Camper Sponsor
  • David Doig - Camper Sponsor
  • Jenny Sherrill- Camper Sponsor
  • Foundation for Medical Care of Kern County - Camper Sponsor
  • RIFT, Inc. - Camper Sponsor
  • Walter Grainger & Shirley Green - Donors
  • Crest Bar & Grill, Jersey Mike's Subs, Fab 7 of Seven Oaks, Bakersfield Breakfast Lions, Bill Burgemaster, Optimal Hospice Care Staff & Volunteers, Rusty's Pizza, Bridge Small Group  - Meal Donors
  • Project Linus Chapters - Kern County & Central Valley - Blanket Donors
  • Somerford Place of Fresno - Goodie Bag Donor

If you are interested in being a sponsor for 2018 please contact Cherie Shoemake in the Foundation office at 661-716-8000 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2017 Photos

Bakersfield Kids Camp Session 1
Bakersfield Kids Camp Session 2
Bakersfield Kids Camp One Day Session
Fresno Kids Camp
NORCAL Kids Camp





Download this file (2018 Website KC Sponsorship Packet.pdf)Kids Camp Sponsorship Packet 1947 Kb
Download this file (Kids Camp Referral Form - All.pdf)Kids Camp Referral FormBakersfield, Fresno & NORCAL166 Kb
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