Become a Counselor

Counselor applications for Camp Kesem 2015 are now open! 
There is a returning counselor application (for returning counselors who have been to camp before), and a new counselor application (for those applying for their first Camp Kesem) due Friday February 20th at 5:00 pm. Please complete whichever application you qualify for and email it back to us at

Please take your time to thoughtfully answer all the questions in the application. These applications will be due FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20TH by 5:00PM.

Also, we will be receiving the link to the Camp Kesem National application soon, so look out for that link.  When you get it, you must fill out that application as well, but don’t stress about or focus too much on your responses — it’s okay to copy/paste from this main application.

















Even if you cannot be a camp counselor, you can still help us plan and fundraise for camp! General members are important in making sure camp is a success by working in one of 6 committees.  Counselor training is every Wednesday from 7-8 with meetings following from 8-9. To find out where these meetings are, please e-mail and we will add you to our student mailing list! Camp Kesem is open to all UC Berkeley undergraduate students, and general members are organized into one of six committees for the semester. Once the counselor application is released, members are encouraged to fill it out and apply to be counselors for the week of camp. The counselor selection process occurs in the Spring. Listed are the main responsibilities that each committee is responsible for throughout the year.

  • Operations
    • Camp Budget
    • Camp Programming and Daily Schedule
    • In-Kind Donations
    • Camp Transportation
    • Special Guests
  • Outreach
    • Community Partnerships
    • Camper Recruitment
    • In a Pinch and Camper Family Relations
    • Camper Reunions
  • Development 
    • Soliciting Private and Corporate Donations
    • Donor Relations
    • On-and-off campus fundraisers
  • Volunteer
    • Counselor and member recruitment & selection
    • Counselor Training and DeCal Facilitation
    • Socials & teambuilding events
    • Counselor-in-Training Program
  • Special Events
    • Make the Magic Dinner and Silent Auction
    • 5K
  • PR and Marketing 
    • Promotional Videos
    • Website and Social Media Management
    • Publicity
    • Kesem Gear