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To support children through and beyond their parent's cancer with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community.
To ensure that every child touched by a parent's cancer is never alone.
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 70 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2015, Camp Kesem served over 5,000 children coast-to-coast - all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support.
Camp Kesem at the University of Minnesota was founded in 2011 and supports children in Minnesota by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Our inaugural year of camp was held in 2012 and we are thankful to have continued to grow since then. Camp Kesem at the University of Minnesota is operated by approximately 50 student volunteers and serves 120 campers ages 6-16 per year.