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

Camp Kesem at The George Washington University provides a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support community for children affected by a parent’s cancer in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Our passionate student leaders make Camp Kesem a space where children can build self esteem and gain support from others going through similar challenges at home. 

Our Mission

Camp Kesem supports the often-overlooked population of children affected by a parent’s cancer through a national network of summer camps run by passionate college student leaders.

Support Our Camp

Help us send over 100 kids to camp this summer by donating here.

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.


Pictures from Camp Kesem GW 2014 can be found on our Facebook page and Shutterfly Account.


Check out our YouTube page for recent videos and footage from CKGW 2013!