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Camp Kesem at Brigham Young University 


2013 Campers in the “Let Them Be Kids.” project. View more online

Become a 2015 camper

Our camp accepted 100 campers for the 2014 session. Wanting to expand our reach and serve more families, we will have 12o campers for the 2015 session.  Camp Kesem at BYU is a secular camp and is open to all children regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, or financial status.  Campers are admitted free-of-charge* and children ages 6-16 with a parent diagnosed with cancer are eligible to apply. This year, Camp Kesem at BYU will be held from August 10th – 15th at Camp Wapiti, located in Settlement Canyon in Tooele, Utah.

Registration is now open!

Application Links:
2015 CIT Application (ages 17-18)

What to Expect as a Camper?

We do not provide direct therapy services, but rather facilitate an experience that generates optimism and encourages success through team building, outdoor activities and all-out fun! Our mission is to provide a supportive, lifelong community that recognizes and understands the unique needs of families coping with cancer.

The summer camp includes arts and crafts, drama, sports, outdoor adventure and other typical camp activities that are not specifically directed to cancer. Activities are planned to be fun, engaging, and relaxing. Our goal is to give children their childhood back.

If you are new to the cause of Camp Kesem and would like more information about admission and services offered please contact our Community Outreach leaders at byu.outreach@campkesem.org or the Camp Directors at byu@campkesem.org.

*Although campers and counselors are admitted free-of-charge, all the funds to facilitate the camp are secured through local fundraising. For more information about contributing to the development of Camp Kesem please email byu.development@campkesem.org.


2013 counselors in the “Let Them Be Kids.” project. View more online

Become a 2015 Staff Member!

As a grassroots organization we thrive on dedicated university students to staff our camp. Each year they donate thousands of hours to preparing, organizing, and training for camp. In 2014 we had over 40 staff positions including administrative staff, counselors, cooks, special activities leaders and more! Each staff member is an unpaid volunteer.

We are always in need of volunteers year-round! To apply to be a counselor Click Here! (Make sure to apply to the BYU chapter, the application is free)  For additional involvement information visit the “Get Involved” page. We also recommend following us on facebook for updates to events throughout the year.

Not a college student?

That’s okay! We’re looking for members to join our advisory board for CK at BYU. As an advisory board member, you will meet with the directors, stay updated on events throughout the year, and provide assistance and guidance to help us grow. For more information, email us at byu@campkesem.org.

Summary of Major Staff Positions

Cabin counselors are the foundation of a successful camp. The majority of the staff needed will be “cabin counselors”. Responsibilities before camp include: participation at Fall/Spring reunions, actively attend other Camp Kesem events, learn camp songs, attend 20 hours of counselor trainings, complete online safety training, and fundraise at least $500. Counselors guide the youth through various activities and are the first line of leadership for the kids.

Program Counselors are cabin counselors who take on additional responsibility to plan, organize and execute the individual activities at camp. Each sub-activity has two program leaders. Available opportunities are in: Drama, Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Adventure and Sports. Before camp responsibilities include the same mentioned for cabin counselors as well as forming committees and directing necessary planning and preparations for meaningful Drama, Sports, etc. activities during the week of camp.

Teen Counselors are very similar to cabin counselors but specifically work with youth ages 14-16. These youth have typically attended camp several years and know what to expect. As a Teen Counselor you will be camping in the great outdoors two nights away from the actual camp facility. Counselor responsibilities include planning and preparing the two night adventure in the woods as well as organizing more mature team building activities throughout the week.

Unit Leaders are mature and seasoned counselors that understand the purpose of Camp Kesem thoroughly. During the preparations for camp they may be called on to assist in trainings and/or events. During the week of camp they are a resource for new counselors and campers. They are the second line of leadership at camp and provide direction during difficult or sensitive situations.

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