Founded and run by Northwestern University student volunteers, Camp Kesem is a one-week, overnight summer camp for children in the Chicagoland area, ages 6-16 who have a parent who has died from cancer, is currently in treatment for cancer, or is in remission from cancer. Camp Kesem is a secular camp and is open to children of all races, religions, national origins, and financial statuses. It is free for all families served.
We seek to fill the gap in serving the special emotional needs of children of adult cancer patients that are often overlooked. Simply put: kids are often left to deal with these personal tragedies on their own; and if parents themselves are struggling with illness, their sons and daughters frequently miss the simple joys of childhood. Camp Kesem builds self-confidence among its campers and provides them with a life-long community of peers facing similar situations.
The 2013 session was held at June 16th – 21st at Camp Kupugani. Check back soon for 2014 dates and information.
Interested in signing up a camper or have a child in mind who may benefit from Camp Kesem?