Kids Camp

The loss of a loved one touches each member of the family, including children.  To help young people through their bereavement, Bristol Hospice Foundation of CA created Kids Camp.  This over-night summer camp program is specially designed for young people ages 5 – 16 that have experienced the death of a loved one.

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 late July/early August and NORCAL in mid August.

Bristol Hospice Foundation of CA 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

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 video 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.

 2021 Kids Camp Dates and Locations

The Bristol Hospice Foundation of CA is excited to release dates for our Kids Camps. The Foundation believes children dealing with loss need our camp more than ever in 2021. Utilizing guidance and COVID-19 protocols from the CDC and the American Camp Association we are hopeful we can provide a supportive and successful camp this year.

Bakersfield Camps

One Day Session – July 31st for ages 5-9 @ Madison Grove Park

Overnight Session 1 – August 1st-3rd for ages 9-12 @ Gergen Ranch

Overnight Session 2 – August 4th-6th for ages 12-16 @ Gergen Ranch

Fresno Camps 

Day Session 1 – July 17th for ages 5-9 @ Fresno Park

Day Session 2 – July 10th for ages 9-12 @ Camp Oakhurst

Day Session 3 – July 11th for ages 12-16 @ Camp Oakhurst


Day Session – August 14th for ages 8-16 @ park in Manteca                    (This session will be divided into 2 age groups)

For questions or more information please contact Cherie Shoemake at        661-301-5446 or

Be A Hero and Sponsor A Child

Sponsorship opportunities are available for as low as $250. If you would like more information or a sponsorship packet please contact Cherie at the Foundtion office. By choosing to support this event, you are providing these young people an experience that will last a lifetime.

Kids Camp Corner Activity Sheets

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Remembering My Person – Helps children use their 5 senses to remember their loved one.

Adults in My Life – Understand the ways kids interact with adults in their life.

My Support System – Helps children identify their support system.

Letter to My Special Person – Worksheet to help kids write a letter to their loved one.

A Special Day with My Person – Children can use as a single page diary to write about a special day with their loved one.

Remembering Using Their Name – Kids use their loved ones name to write down words that remind them of their special person.

How to Make a Paper Airplane – Instructions on how to make different paper airplanes, including the one Director Scott teaches at Kids Camp.

If you need copies of the activity sheets listed or would like addtional resources please contact the Foundation office at 661-716-8000 or Hard copies can be sent in the mail.

Kids Camp Online Referral Form

Referral forms may be submitted year round. By completing this form the child will be placed on our registration packet mailing list for our summer camp. Registration packets will be mailed to parent/guardian in June (Fresno & Bakersfield) and July & (NORCAL). A completed registration packet is required for attendance.

Camp Location

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Child's Information


Deceased Information

Referred By

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Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors and Donors
Without their support this camp would not be possible


American Legion Riders Chapter 20 Porterville – Courage Sponsor
C.A.R.E. for Kids – Courage Sponsor
Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Gamma XI Chapter Bakersfield – Courage Sponsor
Isnardi Foundation – Courage Sponsor
The Taylor Family Foundation – Courage Sponsor
The Plank Foundation – Courage Sponsor
Bitco, Inc. – Hope Sponsor
The Sommer Family- Hope Sponsor
KGET TV 17 – Media Sponsor
Buck Owens Broadcasting, Inc. – Media Sponsor
Bakersfield North Rotary Foundation – Strength Sponsor
Kaiser Permanente Kern County – Strength Sponsor
David Doig – Friendship Sponsor
Walter Grainger & Kathleen Schaffer – Camper Sponsor
Gaye Siemon/Therapy Dog Lulu – Donor
Les Schwab Tires, Jersey Mike’s Subs, The Boshers Family, Bakersfield Breakfast Lions, Bill Burgemaster, Optimal Hospice Care Management Team, Rusty’s Pizza, The Procell Family, Michael & Suzanne Saltz, Michelle Cooper & Suzi Beaty – Meal Donors
Project Linus Chapters – Kern County, Fresno & Central Valley Chapters – Blankets for Bakersfield & Fresno
American Legion Riders Chapter 20 – Shirts and Ride Pins

If you are interested in being a sponsor for 2021 please contact Cherie Shoemake in the Foundation office at 661-716-8000 or via email at