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 Welcome to Camp Kesem JHU

Welcome! Here you can find the most updated information about Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins! If you are interested in becoming a counselor, please look at our Volunteer page. If you are a camper interested in going to camp, please check out our Campers & Parents page and feel free to email jhu@campkesem.org if you have any questions! Also, two of our amazing camper parents are willing to answer any questions email us at jhu@campkesem.org, and we’ll forward the questions along.

Take a look at our brochure!



Professional Staff Needed

We are currently looking for a nurse and mental health professional for camp 2015! If you would be interested in spending a week with 65 amazing kids and being a resource for them, check out the roles and requirements under the Volunteer tab.

Counselor Applications

Wishing to apply as a 2015 camp counselor? Click here, add the Johns Hopkins chapter to your cart and proceed to cart to apply! Only 5 more open spots!

Camper Applications

Applications are now available for new campers. All of our 65 camper slots are full, but there is a waitlist! Just click here, add the Johns Hopkins charter to your cart and proceed to cart to apply! We will notify you as soon as you are accepted to camp.

Wish List

Our camp wish list is now available! If you would like to contribute to camp by purchasing items, follow the links on Walmart and Amazon.


In the spring semester of 2011, a group of students decided to bring Camp Kesem to Johns Hopkins University. Supported by an amazing school and medical community, Camp Kesem JHU was able to win a $10,000 Livestrong grant to charter its first camp for the summer of 2012. Camp Kesem JHU is a week-long summer camp available to all children ages 6-16 who have a parent in treatment for cancer, in remission for cancer, or who has passed away from cancer, regardless of financial status, race, religion, or nationality. This year, camp will take place from August 16th to the 21st. The camp currently caters to 65 campers, with a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio. Our goal is to provide these campers with a magical week of sleep-away fun and friendships forged in a safe, compassionate, and cancer-aware environment.


In 2000, a group of college students at Stanford University started the first Camp Kesem. These students wanted to create a magical summer camp experience for children with parents who have cancer. Today, Camp Kesem has grown to become a national organization that serves hundreds of children in need all over the country.Each year since its founding, Camp Kesem continually improves upon its model, finding new tools for inspiring and empowering students so they can become better leaders who in turn run even richer and more fruitful Camp Kesem programs. Between 2001 and 2012, Camp Kesem grew from a single campus hosting 37 campers to a national movement serving over 2100 campers at 41 camps.


We are currently accepting donations for 2015 camp week.  This year, we have a fundraising goal of $30,000 to host a camp for 65 campers. We’ve raised $18,000 so far, but we still need your help to make camp possible!