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. It empowers college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.

Do teens do anything special?

Camp Kesem UR includes the teens (ages 14-16) in many of the same activities as the younger campers. However, the teens go on a one-night canoe and camping trip and partake in some other teen-specific activities such as the high/low ropes course. Teens also participate in a community service project.

What does “Kesem” mean?

Kesem is the Hebrew word for “magic”. However, CK is a fully secular organization. Since its inception, Camp Kesem has been open to student leaders and campers of any religion, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background and hosts children with disabilities.

Kesem (n.): magic; the ability to change a life; an agent of growth; the unique power that transforms kids into Camp Kesem Campers.

When is Camp Kesem UR?

The dates for the summer of 2014 are Saturday, August 16th to Thursday, August 21st.

Where is Camp Kesem UR?

Our camp is hosted by Westview on the James, an ACA-accredited site in Goochland, VA. For more information about the site, visit their website: www.westviewonthejames.org

What do campers do at Camp Kesem UR?

Our 2013 camp schedules centered on four program areas: arts and crafts, athletics, adventure and nature, and drama and dance. Following rotations through these program areas in the mornings, we pass our afternoons swimming in the pool, using the water trampoline and zip-line at Westview’s lake, playing frisbee golf, and other unique activities like learning how to play Taiko drums. In the evenings, we host all-camp activities, including a talent show and a carnival.

Who runs Camp Kesem UR?

Camp Kesem UR is run primarily by University of Richmond students (and recent graduates). In addition to these students, the camp staff to includes a camp nurse, psychotherapist, and Camp Advisor from Camp Kesem Nationals. Westview staff also assist with camp activities, as necessary.

Please direct other questions to our email address: Richmond@CampKesem.Org