Camp Kesem at the University of Richmond is part of a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. The camp, which is completely free for campers, is still accepting online applications for its free summer camp session.
In the summer of 2018, nearly 9,000 children attended free Camp Kesem summer camps during over 100 week-long sessions held at fun and exciting sites from coast-to-coast. Camp Kesem is organized locally in the Richmond area by dedicated students from the University of Richmond. This summer, Camp Kesem at University of Richmond will host 100 campers from August 17-22, 2019 at Westview on the James in Goochland, VA.
As one parent said, “Camp Kesem has been a godsend to my family through my cancer diagnosis and beyond. To quote my daughter, ‘Camp Kesem changed my life.’ To have a camp that focuses on the wellbeing of the children of those affected by cancer is truly a gift. We are so grateful for our Kesem family!”
Over 5 million children have been impacted by a parent’s cancer and Camp Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to this unique population.
This camp experience and Kesem’s year-round support has a lasting impact on children by providing them with a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills.
In the words of another thankful parent, “Camp Kesem gave my children a chance to escape our everyday life of dealing with my husband’s cancer. We are so grateful that they had this opportunity!”
Children attending Camp Kesem at University of Richmond will participate in a host of fun activities including a high ropes course, zip lining, Gaga ball tournaments, arts & crafts, and end the week participating in a camp-wide Color Wars. Nightly “Cabin Chats” allow campers to open up to their peers and counselors.
Camp Kesem at University of Richmond is organized by student leaders at the University of Richmond who work all year long to plan and fundraise for an impactful week of camp. Student volunteers and counselors experience leadership development and undergo extensive training prior to camp. Camp Kesem is provided free of charge to all participating families and is supported by private donations and community support.
To learn more or to register a child, visit www.campkesem.org/richmond.
ABOUT CAMP KESEM
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem operates over 100 free summer camps in 42 states for children ages 6 to 18 who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer. This camp experience and Kesem’s year-long programs have a lasting impact on children by providing them with a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence, and strengthens their communication skills. In the summer of 2018, nearly 9,000 children coast-to-coast, all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit www.kesem.org, Facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT CAMP KESEM AT UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
Camp Kesem at University of Richmond was founded in 2009 and supports children in the Richmond community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at University of Richmond is operated by 50 student volunteers and serves 100 campers ages 6-18 per year. For more information about Camp Kesem at University of Richmond please visit www.campkesem.org/richmond or Facebook.com/CKURichmond/.