Penn State University
This is our first year as a chapter of Camp Kesem, and we are extremely honored to be selected as a new chapter! We would like to show our appreciation to Camp Kesem by working throughout the year to run the best camp we possibly can! Our student leaders are ecstatic to be a part of the Camp Kesem family and look forward to the rest of this year, especially meeting all of our campers!
What is Camp Kesem?
Camp Kesem provides children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs. The one-week sleep away camps are a chance for children aged 6 to 16 to have fun and just be kids. Everything we do at Camp Kesem focuses on our goal of giving campers the best week of their lives while also providing the extra support and attention they need.
There are 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States that affect individuals and their families. The support is there for those with cancer, but the special emotional needs of children of adult cancer patients have been 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.