FAQs

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions, however, if you don’t see an answer to a question you may have, please feel free to email us at jhu@campkesem.org!

What is Camp Kesem?

Camp Kesem provides a free summer camp experience for children whose parent has or has had cancer. The one-week sleep away camp is a chance for 6-16 year olds to have a fun-filled week to just be kids. Camp Kesem focuses on giving campers and incredible week which they will remember for the rest of their lives while providing a lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.

How does a typical day at camp operate?

Each day will have a different theme such as Superhero Day, Sports Day, or Space Day. Each morning at camp starts with cabin rotations between activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and outdoor adventure. In the afternoon there is a camp-wide activity. The evening ends with cabin chat.

What is cabin chat?
Cabin chat is a time where counselors and campers of an individual cabin have a chance to speak safely about their day and different questions dealing with their favorite activities, foods, dreams, fears, or, if they choose to, the effects of cancer. Cabin Chat is done with gender specific cabin-mates and usually occurs during the concluding 30 min of the day, right before lights-out.

Who will be the adults taking care of my kids?
There will be over 20 counselors college age providing a 3:1 or better ratio of counselors to campers. The counselors undergo an application process and background check before being selected. Throughout the year, they attend over 40 hours of training. In addition, there is a certified camp nurse, camp therapist, and camp advisor who are all college-graduates over 21 years of age.

How is the staff trained?
With the help of community members, our staff undergoes an intensive training process throughout the year prior to camp that focuses on facilitating positive group interactions, teaching how to deal with children in sensitive situations and creating a memorable experience for every camper. Our staff is also trained in first aid and CPR.

How can I get involved?

Camp Kesem JHU is always excited to welcome newcomers to our CK family! Whether you are a community member or a student, there are so many opportunities to become involved. Please see our Volunteers page for more information!

How can I enroll my child?
Camp Kesem is operated on a first come, first serve basis. Applications will be available in the late January 2014 and will be accepted on a first come, first serve, basis. Please visit our Campers & Parents page for more information!

If you have any more questions regarding the application process, you can reach the Outreach Co-Coordinators, Snickerdoodle and Mochi at: (260) 255-4863 or jhu.outreach@campkesem.org!