Camp Kesem is a weeklong summer camp held for campers ages 6-16 whose parents have/had cancer. We pride ourselves on being a secular, co-ed camp that brings campers together through a common bond.
With 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States, there are more than 3 million kids affected by a parent’s cancer and Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces this often-overlooked population of children. Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems.
At Camp Kesem, safety is our biggest priority. The camp is staffed by highly trained college students who have been selected through an extensive screening and application process. Additionally, a Camp Director from Camp Kesem Nationals, Camp Nurse, and Camp Mental Health Professional will be on site at all times.
We understand the financial burdens of being afflicting with cancer. Thankfully, through the help of our sponsors and donors, we are able to provide Camp Kesem free of charge. Our staff is eager to have a fun and exciting summer with your camper, and looks forward to giving them the opportunity to simply “be a kid.”
Recognitions & Awards
Camp Kesem has received the 2012 All Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than half a million small organizations worldwide. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits who are successfully leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base, and drive success for their organization. Camp Kesem’s results ranked among the top 10% of Constant Contact’s international customer base.
Once again, in January of 2013, Camp Kesem was chosen by LIVESTRONG as one of four Community Impact Projects. This grant will enable us to open another 12 chapters, whose inaugural weeks of camp will occur in the Summer of 2014.