About CKIU

Our Mission is Two-Fold

To build a supportive community for central and southern Indiana families coping with cancer by creating the week of Camp Kesem and camp reunions.

To empower students to participate in community service by providing leadership positions, organizational roles, and opportunities to work directly or indirectly with children who have/had a parent with cancer.

Our Campers

Open to all children, ages 6-18, in the central and southern Indiana area, who have a parent who has or had cancer.


Our Counselor In Training Program (CIT) is a leadership program for 17-18 year olds.  More information on this program can be found on our Future Campers page.

We will welcome 120 campers in 2014, our tenth year of camp.

Our Camp

Envisioned, developed and organized by students at Indiana University.

Opened for the first time in August 2005.

Receives 100% of its support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.Free for the families served.

Sponsored by Camp Kesem National, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Camp Kesem is open to all children regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, or financial status.

Our Counselors & Staff

Camp Kesem Indiana University maintains a 3:1 camper:counselor ratio!

Counselors undergo extensive training prior to camp.

Medical staff includes two nurses and a child psychologist or therapist.

The Camp Kesem administrative team is comprised of two Project Coordinators, and eleven Committee Coordinators under the guidance of the Camp Kesem Advisory Committee and Camp Kesem National’s professional staff.

*Camp Kesem is completely devoted, organized and run by students of Indiana University, but is not affiliated with Indiana University in any way.