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. 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. Our mission is to provide kids whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience that gives them a chance to be kids. Camp Kesem also provides college students the opportunity to channel their passion for making a difference while developing critical leadership skills for long term social impact. Camp Kesem is a transformative, magical week for campers and counselors alike!

2012 was Camp Kesem Minnesota’s inaugural year. We were able to send 35 campers to camp held in Paynesville, MN by raising $29,932.00 with the help our eleven-member Executive Board, counselors, and committee members.

Last year, our Executive Board of thirteen members, counselors, and committee members raised $50,000 and sent 65 campers to camp in Hayward, WI.

We are excited about our growth and would like to continue this trend. Our goals for this year is to raise $70,000 to send 80 campers to camp. We are completely dedicated and passionate about our cause to spread magic to everyone involved! To help us reach our goal of $70,000 this year, please contact us at minnesota@campkesem.org or click on our donation page.