To support children through and beyond their parent's cancer with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community.
To ensure that every child touched by a parent's cancer is never alone.
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 70 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2015, Camp Kesem served over 5,000 children coast-to-coast - all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support.
For the last few years, we have been a joint Camp Kesem chapter with students at UNC-Chapel Hill. This year we are excited to become our very own chapter at Duke University. While we will miss working with UNC, splitting into two Camp Kesem chapters will allow us to support more children in the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia community. We hope our growth will provide more families in need with a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at Duke is operated entirely by students and we will be serving 117 campers ages 6-16 this summer. Our camp dates for 2017 are August 14-19th!