In 2000, a group of college students at Stanford University started the first Camp Kesem. The 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 finds 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 2010, Camp Kesem grew from a single campus hosting 37 campers to a national movement serving more than 1,000 campers at 23 camps.
In the spring semester of 2011, a group of students decided to bring Camp Kesem to Johns Hopkins University. Supported by an amazing school and medical community, Camp Kesem JHU was able to win a $10,000 Livestrong grant to charter its first camp for the summer of 2012. Camp Kesem JHU is a week-long summer camp available to all children ages 6-13 who have a parent in treatment for cancer, in remission for cancer, or who has passed away from cancer, regardless of financial status, race, religion, or nationality.
This year, camp will take place from August 5th to the 10th at Elks Camp Barrett. The camp has 35 open camper spots, with a 2:1 camper to counselor ratio. The goal is to provide these 35 campers with a magical week of sleep-away fun and friendships forged in a safe, compassionate, and cancer-aware environment. If you have a child interested in going to camp, please check out the Campers and Parents page and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!