For Parents

At Camp Kesem, we recognize the challenges you face and how they affect your entire family. We want to provide your child not only with a fun-filled week, but also with camaraderie and perspective that will last beyond the summer. Camp Kesem is for your son, who feels like he is the only one experiencing this struggle. Camp Kesem is for your daughter, who doesn’t know anyone her age with whom she can talk. Above all, Camp Kesem is sensitive to your family and here for you always. We appreciate your support and encourage you to contact us with questions.


“I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience camp was for my daughter, Maura.  At first, she wasn’t so sure about going to camp, but I convinced her to go.  At the end of the week, she cried because she didn’t want to leave.  I felt so comfortable leaving my daughter at camp for a whole week after meeting Adam and the other counselors.  I felt like I had known them for a long time!!  Maura came home singing the camp songs, and even taught her younger brother, her dad and me.  We continue singing them today.  She can’t wait to go back next year!  Thanks for giving her the best camp ever!!!”  - Parent of Camp Kesem Mizzou Camper

“I also really wanted to thank you and the rest of the staff for making John’s week at camp so magical for him. Since we have been home it is all he talks about. He has also taught the whole family to sing “Bazooka Bubble Gum” and “Silly Moose.” Also John now sleeps alone in his own bed! You all provided him an opportunity to grow and built confidence in him all in 5 days.” -Mother of child, age 6

“[Camp Kesem] is by far the best camp I have ever been to. Everyone there had about the same reason for being there and it was nice to know others had the same experiences.” ~ Camper, age 12