Camp Kesem at The George Washington University

Kesem (n.) magic; the ability to change a life; an agent of growth; the unique power that transforms children into Camp Kesem Campers

Our Story

CKGW provides a free, one week summer camp for children affected by a parent’s cancer, living in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. It is a space where children can build self esteem and gain support from others going through similar challenges at home. Our camp is part of a nationwide network of camps – and is run by a passionate team of GW students. Our mission is to utilize the energy, passion, and commitment of our volunteers to help children through and beyond a parent’s cancer with a peer-support network that recognizes and understands their unique needs.

 Our Mission

To provide children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp
community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.

To empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership
skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.

To build a supportive community for families from the DC, MD, VA areas who are coping with cancer by creating the week of Camp Kesem!

Camp 2014

This year the 63 Camp Kesem chapters collectively “served a record 3,976 children – more than TRIPLE the number we served just FOUR years ago. Empowered nearly 2,000 college student leaders to support children touched by a parent’s cancer. Offered 60 week-long sessions in 54 communities across the country (with 6 of our chapters extending to 2 week-long sessions this year). We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helps keep the magic of Camp Kesem GW alive.