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Our Mission  

Camp Kesem Berkeley is a non-profit, student-run organization that provides a free, week-long summer camp for children who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. In August 2013, Camp Kesem Berkeley held two separate camps for the first time in its history, and we are continuing this new tradition! We had a great two weeks in 2014, and now the coordinator team is already getting ready for summer 2015!

Camp Kesem Berkeley was founded in 2006 at the University of California, Berkeley to provide a safe, supportive, and fun summer camp experience to local children whose parents have died from cancer, are in treatment for cancer, or are in remission from cancer.

In 2014 alone, Camp Kesem Berkeley empowered over 130 campers and over 70 student volunteers in leadership positions. During the school year, students plan the camp schedule, train to be camp counselors, work with eligible families in the community, and raise funds to ensure camp is free for all involved. This year we hope to take 170 campers and over 80 volunteers to camp!

To see all of the pictures from camps, reunions, and other events, click here!

To see a video from camp, click here !

8th Annual Make the Magic

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful attendees. We raised over $23,000 at Make the Magic this year, and had a wonderful evening will all of you.

We would like to take a moment to thank all of our sponsors who made this event possible: Southwest Airlines, Moraga Country Club, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, California Academy of Sciences, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, San Francisco Exploritorium, Disneyland, Dashe Cellars, Curvare Winery. Elke Vineyards, Gametime, Filtrate Eyewear, California’s Great America, Havana’s Cuban Cuisine, Kismet Farms, Larson Family Winery, Maya Brenner Designs, OCSC Sailing, Pacific Cookie Company, Reno Tahoe Comedy Club, San Jose Sharks, Soto Boutique, The Thomas Kinkade Company, and the Rosenberg, Redmond, and Seebold families. We could not have had this success without your generous donations!

Our Annual Glow in the Dark 5k Run/Walk

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Glow in the Dark 5k Run/Walk this year on November 16th. We all had a blast and look forward to another amazing event next year! To see pictures from this year’s run, click here.


If you are interested in receiving our newsletter or joining our mailing list, please email berkeley.pr@campkesem.org. Our newsletter keeps you updated on what we are working on and the events we have coming up.