Our Programs

Since 1992, The Laurel Foundation has provided year round educational and support programs to at-risk children, youth, and families. Through our Camp Laurel resident programs, life enhancement workshops, support groups, collaborations and various year round support programs, The Laurel Foundation is a powerful antidote to the challenges that at-risk youth face (populations served are youth affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender youth and other at-risk youth populations). Our programs empower each participant to overcome the adversities they face.

  • Summer Camp - Children & Youth Affected by HIV/AIDS

    June 17 – 24, 2017 Camp Laurel’s Summer Camp is a weeklong camp for children ages 6-17. Summer Camp focuses on environmental education and recreational programming while catering to the fragile physical and mental health of children and youth living with HIV/AIDS. The program works to increase each child’s self-esteem and empowers them through the development of important life skills needed to build independent, successful and healthy lives. Daily, campers experience exciting activities such as high ropes, low ropes, archery, swimming, canoeing and so much more! Contact our Coordinator of Outreach and Program Development for more information.

    English Application

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  • Family Camp

    February 18 – 21, 2017: Camp Laurel’s Family Camp program offers a unique opportunity for families to come together away from the stresses and isolation associated with HIV/AIDS. Based on the belief that families play an essential role in the emotional, physical and social development of children, this program focuses on strengthening the family unit, while creating an environment that helps to foster peer support groups. Here our families are free to experience all that camps have to offer in a safe and supportive environment. Contact our Community Outreach Coordinator for more information.

    Download your family’s application:
    English Child Application
    English Adult Application
    Spanish Child Application
    Spanish Adult Application

  • Transgender Youth Camp

    This year, The Laurel Foundation is excited to announce that it will be expanding the population is serves to transgender youth. From July 30- August 3, The Laurel Foundation will host the first free transgender camp program in the nation, Camp Laurel’s Transgender Summer Camp. The program will be based on traditional camp programs, yet cater to the unique mental and physical health of youth (aged 10-17) who are gender non-conforming and transgender youth. The program helps empower transgender youth in an accepting environment, filled with volunteer transgender role models. For many of the youth, this is the first time they are truly liberated and supported to be who they are.

    Deadline to submit applications for this session has been extended to July 21, 2017!

    Trans Youth Application

    For an application please contact our Coordinator of Outreach and Program Development

  • Day Events

    The Laurel Foundation holds day events and day camp programs throughout the year in order to reunite the children and youth with their support systems formed through The Laurel Foundation’s various programs. Day events in the past have included: movie premiers, baseball games, soccer camps, holiday parties, family beach days, etc. Contact our Coordinator of Outreach and Program Development for more information.

  • Collaborative Programs

    The Laurel Foundation reaches out to its community partners to develop collaborative programs serving children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Ongoing collaborative partnerships include Christie’s Place, the UCSD Maternal Child Clinic, and LAC-USC Maternal Child Clinic who help us connect with HIV+ families in San Diego and Los Angeles County.

    Contact our Coordinator of Outreach and Program Development for more information.

In Their Own Words

"There are a lot of camps out there, but there is no camp like Camp Laurel."


"Camp Laurel is the best place to be when home isn't."


"I keep coming back because this is where my family is."


"At first I was scared, but then I learned that no one was going to judge me here and I loved it."


Learn more about our programs…

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