Camp Kasem – FREE Summer Camp for Children Affected by a Parent’s Cancer

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem’s flagship program, Camp Kesem, operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer. Founded at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has since expanded to 116 chapters in 42 states across the country. Camp Kesem at the University of Richmond was founded in 2008 and we are so excited to welcome 100 children to our 10th camp this summer. We hope to include many families from all over Virginia in this year’s program, but we especially looking to cater to our local families impacted by a parent or caregiver’s cancer diagnosis in Richmond. Camp is totally free for any families who are interested. We can also support eligible youth with transportation to camp or supplies needed.

To apply, families can simply visit our website at There, they can find more information about camp dates, locations, and activities.  To apply, they simply need to click the green “REGISTER A CAMPER” button in the top right corner of the screen and fill out the online form.  The form takes about 20 minutes to complete and must be finished in one sitting. Please note that our application is available in both English and Spanish, and we would be happy to also provide families with a hard copy paper application.