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How to Apply for Camp:

Send an e-mail to ucla.outreach@campkesem.org!


Camper Packing List:

Please label all items with your child’s first and last name!!
(NO bedding or towels will be provided.)

___ Sack lunch for the bus ride to camp!

___ Blanket & sheets or sleeping bag

___ Pillow

___ T-shirts

___ Shorts

___ Long sleeve shirts

___ Long pants/jeans

___ Jacket, sweatshirt

___ Pajamas

___ Underwear (10 pairs)

___ 10 pairs socks

___ Swimsuit (one piece for girls)

___ Sunscreen

___ Hat

___ 2 pairs shoes (tennis shoes and shower shoes)*

___ 2 towels (bath towel and swim towel)

___ Washcloth

___ Soap, shampoo, comb, toothbrush & toothpaste

___ Laundry bag

___ Flashlight with new batteries

___ Insect repellent (stick or bottle)

___ Water bottle

___ Medication (if necessary, 1-week supply)



___ Disposable Camera

___ Musical Instrument

___ Notebook or Journal

Items to Leave at HOME:

-Candy, Snacks, Sodas, Valuable Items, Radios, Cell phones/Smartphones, Handheld gaming system, iPods or iPads, MP3 Players, Video cameras, Weapons.



Camp Kesem is available to children in the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange counties) between the ages of 6-16 who have or have had a parent with cancer. Camp Kesem at UCLA is a secular camp and is open to all children regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, or financial status. Due to the financial burden experienced by families coping with cancer, Camp Kesem is provided free of charge to the families it serves.

If you require more information about the enrollment process, please contact our Camper Care committee members at ucla.outreach@campkesem.org.

Camp Activities:

At camp we create a safe, supportive, FUN environment in which campers support each other and emerge from the week with increased self-esteem and understanding that they are not alone.

To give you an idea of what Camp Kesem at UCLA is like, here are a few of our camp activities:

– Nature hikes
– Rock-climbing
– Swimming at the pool
– Sports
– Archery
– Performing skits
– Arts and Crafts

Our Campsite:

Camp will be held again at Angeles Crest Christian Camp located in Angeles National Forest, CA.  Angeles Crest boasts a wide range of amenities like a rock wall/high ropes course, archery, pool facility, heated cabins, huge amphitheater, ziplines, craft shack, games room, canoeing, and surrounding nature trails. 

Additional Resources: Walk With Sally

Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing mentoring support programs and services to children of parents (or siblings) with cancer – one child at a time, one heart at a time. Find more information here!

Additional Resources: Vantage Oncology

Camp Kesem is committed to sharing helpful resources with our families, and so in that spirit, if you are seeking treatment options, you might like to know about Vantage Oncology. Vantage Oncology has 15 treatment centers in Southern California and is committed to providing excellent, compassionate care to patients.  Find more information here!