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?
Last year we had a total of 145 campers including CIT and Teen categories. However, this year those numbers will shift a bit as we are holding 2 camp sessions instead of just one. Numbers of campers at each session will depend on how many applications we receive, but we will keep you updated!

How many counselors attend your camp?
Due to our 2:1 ratio, we have about 70 counselors plus additional professional staff.

Where is your campsite?
We are changing locations of camp this year to accommodate our 2 camp sessions! Our campsite is now located in Angeles National Forest, CA at Angeles Crest Christian Camp. 

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 now out! Apply at bit.ly/campkesemUCLAapps.

How can I become a counselor at Camp Kesem UCLA?
Apply now at bit.ly/campkesemUCLAapps by January 15th! After applications are in, we will interview potential counselors and make selections by the end of January.  Being a counselor at camp requires being a UCLA student, fundraising a minimum of $500, attending weekly training sessions for half of the school year, and attending one of our two camp sessions, either from June 22nd – June 27th or June 29th – July 4th. 

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). If this does not fit your residence, you can also find a camp closer to 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 ucla@campkesem.org :)