Our mission is twofold:
- To provide children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs and is free and open for all children regardless of race, religion, or financial status.
- To empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.
- The Camp Kesem Emory chapter was founded in February 2008. Since then we’ve grown tremendously and have hosted many successful week-long summer camps. In August 2009, we held our first camp at Camp Toccoa in Toccoa, GA with 18 campers. In 2010, we had 31 campers and enjoyed a fun-filled week at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA. In 2011, we hosted 33 campers at Camp Dream in Warm Springs, GA. In 2013, we hosted 50 campers at Camp Cherokee in White, GA.
- Camp Kesem Emory is open to all children, ages 6-16, who have a parent who has or has had cancer. We also have begun a Counselor in Training program This program, for 17-18 year olds, develops leadership skills and trains CITs to become great Camp Kesem counselors!
- Camp Kesem Emory maintains a 3:1 ratio of campers to counselors at all times. In addition to our student leaders who undergo extensive training prior to camp, Camp Kesem Emory staff also includes a nurse and licensed mental health professional.
- The Camp Kesem executive board is comprised of two Directors, and ten Committee Coordinators under the guidance of the Camp Kesem Advisory Committee and Camp Kesem National’s professional staff.
- Camp counselors must undergo extensive training and background checks before assuming their role as a counselor. Training programs are coordinated by the Camp Kesem Emory executive board and overseen by the National Program Director for our region, Goose.