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


Camp Kesem at Syracuse

Camp Kesem Syracuse was established in the year of 2010. We are currently on our second annual summer camp. Our camp is organized and run entirely by Syracuse University students. Camp gives us the chance to develop critical leadership skills while channeling our passions for making a difference and helping others. Over the course of the school year, we work extremely hard to raise money and organize camp to ensure that our summer camp week is one of the most unforgettable experiences for everyone, especially our campers!

What is Camp Kesem?

Camp Kesem was an idea that originated with the Hillel organization at Stanford University. The first camp was organized by one staff member, Iris Rave and just four student leaders. That summer they hosted 37 campers for one week in the summer of 2001.

Camp Kesem Mission

Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces the often-overlooked population of children whose parents have been affected by cancer. There are more than 3 million kids affected by a parent’s cancer in the United States and because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often overlooked. These children suffer quietly, which can lead to a lot of academic, social, emotional and developmental problems. Camp Kesem is the only national organization supporting their unique needs. We create a life-long, peer-based support network for these kids.

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Camp Kesem, Syracuse University

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