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 6 – 15 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.

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.

2024 Kids Camp Dates & Locations


One Day Session                                                                                             Saturday, July 20 at Madison Grove Park for ages 6-9

Overnight Session I                                                                                      Sunday, July 21 Tuesday, July 23 @ Gergen Ranch  for ages 9-12

Overnight Session II                                                                       Wednesday, July 24 – Friday, July 26 @ Gergen Ranch for ages 12-16


One Day Session                                                                                   Saturday, July 6 @ Railroad Park in Clovis for ages 6-9

Overnight  Session                                                                                    Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 @ Camp Oakhurst for ages 9-16


Overnight Session                                                                                     Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11 @ Camp Arroyo in Livermore  for ages 9-16 Hosted by  The Taylor Family Foundation

Thank you 2023 Kids Camp Supporters

The Foundation would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make our 2023 camps a huge success. With your help a record 195 children from the Central Valley were able to be with other kids who, as they say, ” are just like me.” We had lots of smiles, new friendships were formed and coping skills were discussed and learned. Pictures are posted on our Facebook page, For information on how to be a 2024 Kids Camp Sponsor contact Cindy Lyday at 661-716-8000 or


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 six weeks prior to camp start date. A completed registration packet is required for attendance.

Camp Locations and Ages

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Deceased Information

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Kids Camp Photo Gallery