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“We learned it was ok to be sad and cry and talk about our feelings. To talk about our Mom and that it was also okay to laugh and have fun, that life goes on and we have to continue to live.”

                    Sisters who attended the 2015 Kids Camp

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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

 

2017 Dates and Locations 

Fresno Camp
July 7th - 9th @ Camp Oakhurst in Coarsegold, CA
 
Bakersfield Camp
One Day Session (ages 6-9) July 29th @ Madison Grove Park in Bakersfield, CA
Session 1 (ages 9-12) July 30th - August 1st @ Gergen Ski Ranch in Bakersfield, CA
Session 2 (ages 12-16) August 2nd - 4th @ Gergen Ski Ranch in Bakersfield, CA
 
NORCAL Camp
August 18th - 20th  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 2016 Sponsors and Donors

 Without the support of our sponsors and donors 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
  • California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) Wasco SP, California CI, North Kern SP, Kern Valley SP & Cal City CI Chapters - Courage Sponsor
  • Isnardi Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • Nick Hudson & Family - Courage Sponsor
  • The Taylor Family Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • Alternative Care - Hope Sponsor
  • KGET TV 17 - Media Sponsor
  • Bakersfield North Rotary Foundation - Strength Sponsor
  • Kaiser Permanente Kern County - Strength Sponsor
  • The Sommer Family- Strength Sponsor
  • In Memory of Chris Malicoat - Friendship Sponsor
  • Sebastian Corporation - Camper Sponsor
  • Tom & Linda Schubert - Camper Sponsor
  • Robert & Jamie Blair - Camper Sponsor
  • David Doig - Camper Sponsor
  • Karen Budnick, Robert S. Blair & Shirley Green - Donors
  • Bolthouse Farms and Doucette Farms - Food Donors
  • Crest Bar & Grill, Jersey Mike's Subs, La Pizza Veloz, Fab 7 of Seven Oaks, Bakersfield Breakfast Lions, Bill Burgemaster, Optimal Hospice Care Staff & Volunteers, Rusty's Pizza  - Meal Donors
  • Project Linus Chapters - Kern County, Central Valley and Diablo Valley  - Blanket Donors
  • Somerford Place of Fresno - Pillow Donor

If you are interested in being a sponsor for 2017 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.

 

2016 Photos

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

 

 

 

 

Downloads
Download this file (2017 Website KC Sponsorship Packet.pdf)Kids Camp Sponsorship PacketBakersfield, Fresno, NORCAL275 Kb
Download this file (Kids Camp Referral Form - All.pdf)Kids Camp Referral FormBakersfield, Fresno & NORCAL166 Kb
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