About Us


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.

Our Campers

Open to all children, ages 6-16, in Missouri, who have a parent who has or had cancer.

In 2015, our second year of camp, we welcomed 38 campers! In 2016, our goal is to bring in 80 campers to our week of summer camp!

Our Camp

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  in 2014

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.

In 2015, we will offer a counselor in training program for previous campers who are now over the age of 16


Our Counselors & Staff

Camp Kesem SLU maintains a 3:1 camper:counselor ratio!

Counselors undergo extensive training prior to camp.

All counselors undergo a background check before selection.

Medical staff includes 2 nurses and a mental health professional.

The Camp Kesem administrative team is comprised of 2 Directors, 12 Coordinators, and 1 Alumni Representative all under the guidance of the Camp Kesem Advisory Committee and Camp Kesem National’s professional staff.