Become a Camper

Camper Applications are now open, click here to apply today!

Please take a look at our INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE or our FAQ GUIDE!

You can now register campers using the large green button at the top right corner of this page that says “Register A Camper”!
  • Please note that there are two options for UC Berkeley: Session One is August 10-15 and Session Two is August 17-22. 
  • Campers may only attend one session of camp.  

If you have any problems with the application or questions that were not on the FAQ, feel free to email us.

At camp we create a safe, supportive, fun environment in which campers support each other and emerge from the week with increased self-esteem and understanding that they are not alone. Camp Kesem Berkeley is free of charge to any camper aged 6 to 16 and children with special needs are welcome.

To give you an idea of what Camp Kesem is like, here are a few of our past camp activities:

- Nature hikes
- Canoeing
- Rock-climbing
- Archery
- Swimming at the pool
- Sports
- Riding the zip-line
- Arts and crafts
- Singing songs by the campfire
- Performing skits
- Water Olympics

TEEN PROGRAM and COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CIT)

Camp Kesem Berkeley has a teen program that focuses on leadership development in our campers ages 13 to 16. This teen unit has slightly different programming than the rest of the camp. Activities that only the teen unit do include an overnight camping trip (outside of the cabins) and a ropes course. They are still integrated with the camp, eating meals and participating in all-camp activities with everyone else. If you have any questions, you can email our Teen Unit Admin Coordinator, Mowgli.

In addition, we are thrilled to begin a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program for teens ages 17 & 18. This is to bridge the gap between the time a camper graduates from Camp Kesem to the time when they attend college and can become Camp Kesem counselors themselves. Counselor’s in training will develop their leadership skills and learn what it means to be a counselor!  If you have any questions, you can email our Student Support/CIT Coordinator, Zepplin.

Here are some testimonials from our campers and their families:

“[Camp Kesem] was a tremendous experience for her.  The counselors were very impressive and wonderful young adults and role models.  She had the time of her life!”
- Parent of camper age 13

“I like my friends at Camp Kesem because I know that they went through what I went through and they’re so much fun to be with… I don’t know anywhere where I live that I can have that connection with.  [Camp Kesem] was so much fun. It was the best experience I’ve ever had!”
- Camper age 13

“[My daughter] continues to grow more assured of herself and her abilities.  She is more confident about trying new things…She loved this camp.”
- Parent of camper age 11

“[My son] loved this camp and wants to continue on- may be inspired to be a counselor someday.”
- Parent of camper age 14

“We appreciate the counselors and staff.  They put their warm hearts to my child.  He had a terrific time.”
- Parent of camper age 8

“Camp Kesem gave me time alone to finish the last few radiation treatments without having to worry about anything for my son.”
- Parent of camper age 13

If you, your child, or someone you know would like to join us this summer, we encourage you to send in an application. If you have any unanswered questions feel free to contact us!