About Us

Camp Kesem is a national nonprofit organization that provides free summer camp to children ages 6 to 16 with a parent who has or has had cancer. Camp Kesem currently operates 54 camps in 27 states from coast to coast. Each camp is funded, planned, and run entirely by student volunteers.

Camp Kesem at the University of Georgia was founded in 2011, thanks in large part to a grant by the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG Foundation. For email updates on Camp Kesem at the University of Georgia, please contact us at uga@campkesem.org.


Our Mission is Two-Fold

To build a supportive community for 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 northeast Georgia and the surrounding areas, who have a parent who has or had cancer.

We hope to welcome 100 campers in 2015 for our third year of camp.

Our Camp

Envisioned, developed and organized by students at the University of Georgia.

Free for the families served.

Receives 100% of its support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Recipient of LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project grant in 2011.

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 at the University of Georgia 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 two Executive Coordinators and eight Committee Coordinators under the guidance of the Camp Kesem Advisory Committee and Camp Kesem National’s professional staff.