Our Mission is Two-Fold
To build a supportive community for Missouri families coping with cancer by creating the week of Camp Kesem and camp reunions.
To empower students to participate in community service by providing leadership positions, organizational roles, and opportunities to work directly or indirectly with children who have/had a parent with cancer.
Open to all children, ages 6-16, in Missouri, who have a parent who has or had cancer.
In 2014, our first year of camp, we will welcomed 35 campers! In 2015, our goal is to bring in 60 campers to our week of summer camp!
Camp Jo-ota in Clarence, MO.
Free for the families served.
Receives 100% of its support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
Was a recipient of LiveSTRONG’s Community Impact Project grant this year
Sponsored by Camp Kesem National, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
Camp Kesem is open to all children regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, or financial status.
Our Counselors & Staff
Camp Kesem SLU maintains a 2:1 camper:counselor ratio!
Counselors undergo extensive training prior to camp.
All counselors undergo a background check before selection.
Medical staff includes a nurse and a child psychologist or therapist.
The Camp Kesem administrative team is comprised of 2 Directors, 10 Coordinators, and 1 Alumni Representative all under the guidance of the Camp Kesem Advisory Committee and Camp Kesem National’s professional staff.