Counselors & Staff

Counselor applications are currently closed. Please contact for any questions or inquiries!

All our counselors are student volunteers from Rice University. In addition to having at least 15 extensively trained, CPR-certified counselors on site, we will have medical staff, including at least one nurse and one child psychologist, social worker, or therapist. For students interested in becoming a counselor, see the following for information about the timeline for becoming one!

Camp will be during  August 3rd-8th, 2014 at Uskichitto Retreat Center in Leblanc, Louisiana – a rented bus will transport everyone from Houston to the campsite, so you will not have to provide your own transportation!

Counselor Application Timeline:

Applications to be a 2014 counselor will be open from January 6th through January 18th.

Interviews be held: Saturday, January 25th & Sunday, January 26th – counselors will be selected by Wednesday, January 29th

Counselor training: Sessions will be between February 1st & March 15th

Counselor Application Process:

There are 2 parts to the Rice Camp Kesem Counselor Application: the ACTIVE application and the Googledoc Form. Both parts are due by midnight on Saturday, January 18th. Please follow the specific instructions for each portion of the application:

(1) The ACTIVE application: Click on the link to the ACTIVE application and choose “Louisiana” from the “Locations” tab on the right-hand side of the web page. The web page should now say “Camp Kesem Rice” with “Camp Uskichitto” underneath. Click “Add” and then click “Continue.” Follow the instructions to complete registration! Please complete the ACTIVE application by midnight of Saturday, January 18th.

(2) The Googledoc Form: please submit the Googledoc form by midnight of Saturday, January 18th.

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Committee Information

Committee applications have opened up! Join a committee to experience the Kesem family! As a double bonus, being an awesome committee member will help your standing in the selection process for our much-coveted camp counselor positions. Applications are due at 11:59 pm on November 15th, 2013 for the Development and Outreach committees.

CAMP KESEM WEEK COMMITTEE- You’ll help with the planning of Camp Kesem Week, including logistics, activities, food and more! Camp Kesem Week is a marketing and fundraising campaign to raise awareness for our cause! Contact Daphne Chiao at for more questions!

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – You’ll help with fundraising, grant-writing, and making connections in the Houston community to increase awareness. The application for this committee is currently closed. Please contact for any inquiries!

OUTREACH COMMITTEE – You’ll be in direct contact with camper families, form connections with hospitals and other non-profit organizations in Houston, and help recruit campers. The application for this committee is currently closed. Please contact for any inquiries!

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE – You’ll help with budgeting, logistics, and planning of the day-to-day activities of the camp itself.

GENERAL BODY VOLUNTEER – You’ll attend monthly general body meetings, help with fundraisers, and increase awareness for Camp Kesem. To be added to the list, please email your name and contact information to