CAMP CHLA - Health Care Career Exploration

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in the health care field? Camp CHLA is your chance to explore those exciting careers! Join us for five full days of education, observation, and participation in the daily activities of health care professionals at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

At Camp CHLA, you will:

  • Participate in skills labs where you will learn how to take vital signs, perform community CPR, and acquire other essential skills for the medical field
  • Gain exposure to different career paths by participating in presentations given by medical professionals in various specialties
  • Debrief at the end of each day to reflect on your experience and share with your peers
  • Get a firsthand look at the fascinating world of health care through this life-changing opportunity

Click here for the list of available careers you can shadow during Camp CHLA.

Session Dates

Camp #1

  • July 13 – 17, 2020

Camp #2

  • July 27 – 31, 2020


  • Only current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in high school are eligible to apply
  • If you have attended Camp CHLA before, you are not eligible to apply
  • You must be able to attend all 5 days of the session (approx. 8:00am – 4:30pm)
    • On your online application, you will have the option of providing your first and second choice for sessions
    • If you do not have a preference, you will be able to choose “No Preference”
    • If you are unavailable for one of the sessions, you will be able to choose “Not Available”

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • The application portal will open on December 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm
  • The portal will close when 400 applications have been received
    • Last year, the portal for Camp CHLA 2019 closed a couple hours after opening
  • The teacher/counselor recommendation form will be due by January 17, 2020 at midnight (see below for more info.)
  • All applicants will be updated about their admission status by March 13, 2020
    • Applicants who are not selected will be notified via email
    • Accepted applicants will receive a phone call and email invitation.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Camp CHLA 2021. In light of COVID-19 and the successful transition of Camp CHLA 2020 to a virtual platform, Camp CHLA 2021 will also be held online.

We apologize for the delay in updates regarding the dates and deadlines for next year’s camp. If you would like to be notified when the official dates become available, please email us at and we will add you to a mailing list.

The application has three major components:

  • #1 - The Essays
  • #2 - Basic Information
  • #3 - The Teacher/Counselor Recommendation
  1. Describe how you would benefit from Camp CHLA and why you should be selected to attend. (200-250 words)
  2. What would you consider to be your most important achievement and why? (max. 200 words)
  3. While CHLA is a pediatric hospital, our goal is to provide an opportunity to explore all health care careers. Please describe your career interests. (Note: your answer does not have to specifically address an interest in pediatrics.) (max. 100 words)

As the portal closes after receiving 400 applications, we highly suggest that you complete your essays beforehand so that you are ready to submit as soon as the portal opens.

We also suggest that you use a computer for this process as previous applicants have been unable to copy and paste their essays into the modules using a tablet or other mobile device.

  • Basic Demographic Information
  • Your info: Home phone + Cell Phone + Email
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) info: Work phone(s) + Cell phone(s) + Email(s)
  • Estimated number of family in household + Estimated family income
  • Name of school + Expected year of graduation
  • (If applicable) Name of parent/family member employed at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles + Their department at CHLA

If you mainly use a school-related email, we highly suggest that you create a gmail/yahoo/etc. account in order to ensure that you receive all emails from Camp CHLA. (Due to school email servers having rejected our emails in the past)

When the application portal opens:

  • You will submit the email address of the teacher/counselor
    • After inputting the email, you will have completed this component for your application
    • Note: They do not have to complete the form before 400 applications have been received (see below for more info.)

After submitting your application:

  • An electronic recommendation form will be sent via email to the teacher/counselor you included in your application
  • They have until January 17, 2020 to complete the recommendation form
    • Note: Your application will not be considered if the form is not completed by the deadline

We highly suggest that your reach out to your teacher/counselor to ensure that they have received the recommendation form via email. If they did not, email for assistance.

Ready to start preparing your Camp CHLA application?
Click here for our Application Form to ensure you have everything ready when the application portal opens!


There is no charge to attend Camp CHLA.

We sincerely thank the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for the Health Careers Training Program Grant, the generous donors who have underwritten Camp CHLA, and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Staff for their support and dedication.


Participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

  • For eligible participants taking public transportation, reimbursement may be available
  • Parking validations will be provided to participants who drive

Additional Information

Click here for our list of FAQ’s.

Click here for our brochure.


Only Camp CHLA alumni are eligible to apply to volunteer for camp.

Click here for more information about applying to become a Camp CHLA Volunteer.