Camp Kesem at the University of Pennsylvania!

Camp Kesem is a student-run summer camp for children who have or had a parent with cancer. Camp is provided free of charge to all our campers. It is an opportunity for children to build self esteem and gain support from peers facing similar challenges. Most of all, the kids who come to Camp Kesem Upenn are there to have fun — and that is what the week is all about!

Our Mission is:

To provide children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp
community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.

To empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership
skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.

To build a supportive community for families from the Philadelphia area who are coping with cancer by creating the week of Camp Kesem as well as camp reunions!


Camp 2014!

  • THANK YOU to all who made Camp Kesem UPenn 2014 such an incredible experience. Aided by your generosity, passion, and dedication– we were able to serve 76 children in the Philadelphia area at Camp Kesem UPenn this summer!

Camp 2015!

  • Planning has started for Camp 2015! Stay tuned for updates on the website with August 2015 dates and details!
  • Applications for 2015 counselors will go live in November, so stay tuned!
  • Follow us on Intagram for great camp pictures through out the year! @ckupenn
  • Be sure to like us on Facebook as well to stay up to date with our chapter!
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