Welcome to Camp Kesem UCSD

Welcome Visitors! Here, you can find the most up-to-date information and resources you need about our unique camp. Thanks for stopping by!

If you are interested in joining camp, check out our Volunteer page and email RaRa & Kimchi at ucsd.volunteer@campkesem.org.

Feel free to report any dead links or missing information to Twinkie at ucsd.pr@campkesem.org.

Kesem History

In 2000, a group of college students at Stanford University started the first Camp Kesem. These students wanted to create a magical summer camp experience for children with parents who have cancer. Today, Camp Kesem has grown to become a national organization that serves hundreds of children in need all over the country. Each year since its founding, Camp Kesem continually improves upon its model, finding new tools for inspiring and empowering students so they can become better leaders who in turn run even richer and more fruitful Camp Kesem programs. Between 2001 and 2013, Camp Kesem grew from a single campus hosting 37 campers to a national movement serving over 2000 campers at 37 camps. This year, there will 14 new chapters and we’re hoping to serve a total of 2873 campers.

About our Camp

Camp Kesem UCSD was founded in 2004. It is a week-long summer camp open to all children ages 6-13 and teens ages 14-16 who have a parent in treatment for cancer, in remission for cancer, or has passed away from cancer, regardless of financial status, race, religion, or nationality.

In 2013, our camp took place from June 23rd to the 29th. Location was at the Pathfinder Ranch campsite. The camp currently has 110 open camper spots, with a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio. Our goal the upcoming year is to provide 135 campers with a magical week of fun in a comfortable and supportive environment where they can build a strong network of friendships with peers undergoing a similar challenge.

Camp Kesem UCSD is completely developed, organized, and run by students of the University of California, San Diego, but is not affiliated with The University of California, San Diego in any way.

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