Camp Kesem GW was founded in September 2007 by first-year students at The George Washington University. Their goal was to be a part of an organization that addressed the special needs of an underserved population: the children of local cancer patients. Seven years later, Camp Kesem GW has grown from serving an initial group of 10 children to serving 84 children this past summer in 2014!
Camp is hosted every August at Camp Louise in Cascade, Maryland, an ACA accredited camp site free of charge to all families. We are not a religious camp and it is not a therapy camp. Camp Kesem is simply a place for kids to have fun and be themselves!
At camp, students maintain a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio to ensure campers get the attention they deserve. Our campers are also supported by a network of professional nurses and a psychologist.
In post-camp surveys, 70% of parents reported that their child returned with higher self-esteem and 100% of parents rate CKGW as “exceptional” and say they personally benefited from their child being at Camp Kesem.
- Our camp provides a unique and compassionate environment where kids can just be kids. Camp Kesem GW does not discriminate on race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, or other factors.
- Throughout the academic year, children affected by a parent’s cancer participate in reunions, connect with their peers, and receive support resources.
Leadership Development Program
- GW students and Counselors-In-Training learn leadership skills and receive year-round training to organize and run our camp.
Community Engagement and Civic Leadership
- CKGW engages alumni, community leaders, and camper families through advisory boards, alumni associations, and the national Board of Directors.
With so many fun camp activities, it’s hard not to feel the CK magic! Here are some of the many activities that campers participate in each year!
- Ropes courses
- Messy Games
- Water slides
- Talent show
- Cabin chats