Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Kesem at UCLA
What year was Camp Kesem at UCLA founded?
2004. This will be our 10th year at UCLA.
How many campers attend your camp?
We currently have a total of 145 campers including CIT and Teen categories.
How many counselors attend your camp?
Due to our 2:1 ratio, we have about 65 counselors plus additional professional staff.
Where is your campsite?
Our campsite is located in Idyllwild, CA at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
What type of children does your chapter serve?
We serve children ages 6-16 who have or have had a parent living with cancer from the Greater Los Angeles Area. We also have a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program for those who have graduated from our Teen Program.
What type of activities do you guys participate in during the week of camp?
We do all sorts of fun activities that range from swimming, archery, fishing, arts & crafts, sports, dance & drama, adventure & nature, to a ropes course. We also have theme days, a carnival, special guest performers, and other programmed activities. In addition to all the fun and silliness, we program more serious activities such as the Empowerment Program, Parent Memorial Service, and Cabin Chats, to allow our campers the opportunity to reflect and share their personal experiences back at home.
How can I apply to be a camper?
Our applications are out typically in the beginning of the January! Come back during that time to our website for the application which can be found here.
How can I become a counselor at Camp Kesem UCLA?
Find us on Bruin Walk usually during weeks 4 and 5 of Winter Quarter and refer to the counselor application under our ‘Get Involved’ tab. Being a counselor at camp requires being a UCLA student, fundraising a minimum of $500, attending weekly spring training sessions, and attending camp which is June 22nd – June 28th this year.
How can I donate to your chapter?
There are a few ways you can do this! We appreciate any and all donations that can provide our campers the experience of a lifetime. Please go to our donation page for more information.
I do not live in LA. Can my kid still attend your camp?
We serve children in the Greater Los Angeles Area (Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange counties). You can also find a camp near you by clicking here.
What is the best way to reach you?
The best way is by email. You can find our information here. We will do our best to respond to you in a timely fashion! Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!
Will there be more FAQ’s coming our way?
Yes, absolutely!! If you have any more questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org