About Us

Camp Kesem is a free week-long camp for kids ages 6-16 whose parents have or had cancer. It is also an official partner with The LIVESTRONG Foundation through its Community Impact Project.

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.

So what does “Kesem” mean? The word “Kesem” is Hebrew for “magic,” and was selected because of our goal to bring magic to families coping with cancer.

Camp Kesem at the University of Minnesota was founded in 2011 and provides free summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer in the state of Minnesota. In our first year we were able to raise $29,932.00 and send 35 campers to camp, which was held in Paynesville, MN. Since then we have greatly expanded our camp, and in 2014 we exceeded our goal of $70,000 and sent 90 campers to camp at One Heartland in Willow River, MN. This was all possible with the help from our seventeen-member executive board, counselors, committee members, and generous donors.

We are excited about our growth and would like to continue this trend. Our goals for this year is to raise $100,000 to send 120 campers to camp. If we reach this goal we will also host two separate weeks of camp! We are completely dedicated and passionate about our cause to spread magic to everyone involved! To help us reach our goal of $100,000 and two weeks of camp, please contact us at minnesota@campkesem.org or click on our donation page.