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Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem Free Summer Camp for Kids


The Mission of Camp Kesem is:

1) To provide kids whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience that gives them a chance to be kids

2) To allow college students to channel their passion for making a difference, while developing critical leadership skills for long-term social impact.

To us, this means that camp is a place where we try to foster a healthy environment for children who are struggling through the pains of having a parent with cancer. We help them live a worry-free week, enjoying time with others who understand what they are going through. Both campers and counselors alike learn and grow from the close friendships that are established at camp. Every year we hope to touch more lives, and are looking forward to sharing this experience with more campers as the summers go on.





Kesem (n.): magic; the ability to change a life; an agent of growth; the unique power that transforms kids into Camp Kesem Campers


Camp Kesem is a free, week long summer camp program for kids who have or have had a parent with cancer.


The week of camp gives these children the chance to have fun and be with other children facing similar challenges.


Camps are run by college students at 25 universities across the country. College student volunteers must plan every aspect of camp including raising money, creating a schedule, and recruiting counselors and campers.


For more information and to register your child, visit


Participating Universities are listed below. Click the links below to learn about individual camp schedules.

Northwestern University

University of California Davis

Stanford University-

University of California San Diego

University of California Los Angeles

Arizona State University

Emory University

University of Notre Dame

Indiana University

St. Louis University

University of Wisconsin

University of Illinois

University of Florida

University of Virginia

University of Miami

North Carolina (Duke & UNC)

University of Richmond

University of Michigan

Michigan State University

Texas A&M University

University of California Berkeley

Brigham Young University

George Washington University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kesem Campers


Camp Kesem Fun


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Camp Kesem Pirates






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