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 2014, Camp Kesem grew from a single campus hosting 37 campers to a national movement serving over 4000 campers at 62 college chapters across the country.  In the summer of 2015 alone, Camp Kesem aims to mobilize over 2000 college student leaders to 5000 children affected by a parent’s cancer all across the country.”.

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 2014, our camp took place from June 22nd to the 28th at the YMCA Camp Oaks in Big Bear, CA, serving 135 children affected by a parent’s cancer. We are very excited that in our 11th year of Camp Kesem UCSD, we will, for the first time, be offering two separate FREE week-long summer camps in the hopes of serving 170 total children in the San Diego County! Our 2105 camps will be held from June 21-27 and July 18th-24th and will as always strive to provide our incredible 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 similar challenges.

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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