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Welcome to Camp Kesem Minnesota!


This year we will be hosting camp from August 17th to the 23rd at Camp Heartland in Willow River, MN!

Camp Kesem is a college student run summer camp for kids with a parent who has cancer, is in remission from cancer, or has passed away from cancer. Student volunteers at the University of Minnesota are currently organizing our third year of camp for August 2014.

Our goal for this year is to raise $70,000 in order to host 90 campers.

Do you know a child between the ages of 6-16 whose parent has or had cancer? Send them to Camp Kesem Minnesota! Camper applications will open to the public on January 1!

A little help from our Friends

Volunteer organizations and individuals are needed all over the world. If you are looking to volunteer in certain areas abroad, make sure to pick a destination you might want to travel to as well. Many people who travel to do volunteer work in Indonesia usually get a day or two to relax at a Bali villa during their time in the Southeast Pacific.

New Counselor Spotlight

Get to know some of the new counselor faces of Camp Kesem Minnesota this Summer!



         ASH                       COOKIE                               FIFI

Question 1. How did you get your camp name?

ASH: I got my camp name because I like playing and watching pokemon, its silly but I chose Ash because…. I “gotta kessem all”

COOKIE: In efforts to get cookie as my name instead of a different name I had picked out before, I brought cookies to quite a few meetings.. And it worked!

FIFI: My camp name came from my childhood, when everyone older than me called me Stephy, and the end of that nicknamed kind of morphed into Fifi.

Question 2. How did you find out about Camp Kesem?

ASH: I found out about Camp Kessem through my roommate Shazzam, he told me how amazing the group is and what a great cause everything is for.

COOKIE: My roommate was a counselor last year, and hearing the stories she had about camp really made me want to be a part of it as well.

FIFI: As a Welcome Week Leader I went to the Explore U student activities fair during Welcome Week and got involved with it from there.

Question 3. Why are you “Kesem”ing? What does it mean to you?

ASH: I am kesseming because I lost my grandma to cancer when I was very little, my other roommate battled cancer as well and so it means a lot to be giving back to kids who have gone through so much, and I’m here to listen and be there for them. That’s why I’m keseming.

COOKIE: Hearing about the impact Camp Kesem has on kids makes me want to be able to be a part of their lives in such a positive way. How cool is it that a bunch of college students can get together, plan activities and raise money to send kids to camp that need that week to get away, have fun, just be kids? While at the same time this camp brings this understanding that they are not alone in what they are going through.

FIFI: I first of all think that the mission of Camp Kesem is amazing. I think that it does such a good job of providing a service that is so often overlooked in medical fields and I am interested in it for that reason. I also just cannot wait to meet so many great kids and teens and help them have an awesome week of fun. I’ve always wanted to be a camp counselor, and for me this will serve as such a great leadership and growing experience.