UVA Student interested in applying to be a Camp Kesem counselor for summer 2014? Apply online here.

To get your tickets for our Make the Magic event in March, click here.

Our Mission:

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.

Our Purpose:

Provide opportunity for campers to build self-esteem and gain support from their peers facing similar challenges. The students of the University of Virginia work hard to create a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for the campers.

Give Camp Kesem campers and counselors an experience they will never forget through the creation of long lasting memories and friendships.

Our Upcoming 2014 Camp:

Camp will be held at a new campsite this year – Camp Month Shenandoah in Millboro Springs, VA from August 10th-August 16th!  We are so excited for this new campsite because we are able to expand and spread the magic to even more campers! An ACA accredited camp, Mont Shenandoah is a caring community committed to empowering, encouraging, and educating campers.  Camp Kesem is proud to be affiliated with a camp with similar goals.  Campers will enjoy a waterfront, archery, arts and crafts center, tennis and basketball courts, and other outdoor activities!  To learn more about our new campsite visit their website here.

Please apply to attend our camp this summer! Click on “Register a Camper” on the upper right of the page and choose University of Virginia when selecting your campus during the application process. If you have any questions about the campsite or the application itself, please email We cannot wait to see everyone at camp this summer!

Camp History:

Camp Kesem at the University of Virginia was founded in 2005 by three UVA and UNC students.  The camp is completely organized, planned and operated by a group of incredible and caring student volunteers.  Professional counselors and nurses are also on staff for the entirety of the camp.  Camp Kesem at the University of Virginia is currently preparing for our 9th camp, which will take place in August 2014!  Our first camp, with 16 campers and 10 counselors, nearly doubled in 2007 with 28 campers and 17 counselors, and increased to 53 campers in 2010.  Camp Kesem at UVA has grown since then and this summer we hope to be our biggest yet – with 90-100 campers!

More Information:

Creating a fun, friendly, and safe camping environment and to support the development of friendships and self-esteem continue to be our focuses. For more information, please choose a link on the left.

Contact Information:

Address: Camp Kesem at UVA, P.O. Box 4321, Charlottesville, VA 22905


“Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part o or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization, which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts, or omissions.”