Frequently Asked Questions
About the Programs
What do these new programs look like?
- These programs will bring Kesem families, volunteers, and Kesem magic together outside of camp. The schedule for each program will vary. In-person programming could take place at a zoo, a park, a beach, or on the chapter’s college campus. Kesem kids and youth will have the opportunity to have fun while supporting one another through their shared experiences. Online programming will allow Kesem kids and youth to connect with others their age from all over the country! Programming will be both fun and focused on connection and peer-to-peer support.
Are there other Kesem chapters hosting new programs?
- Yes! There are 13 chapters participating in our pilot year of new Kesem programs! The participating chapters include:
Kesem at Claremont Colleges (Claremont, CA) Kesem at UC Riverside (Riverside, CA)
Kesem at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) Kesem at University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Kesem at East Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) Kesem at University of Mississippi (University, MS)
Kesem at Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL) Kesem at University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Kesem at Florida International University (Miami, FL) Kesem at Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
Kesem at Middle Tennessee State (Murfreesboro, TN
How much do these programs cost?
- All Kesem programs are completely free of charge.
What if my Kesem chapter is not offering one of the pilot programs, but I am interested in participating?
- If you have previously attended camp and that chapter isn’t hosting a pilot program, you can register with another chapter near you that is hosting the in-person program you’d like your child to participate in. Registration opens in December (returning families) and January (new families), simply select the chapter of your choice, and we will handle the rest.
You also have the option to register for our nationwide virtual offering, Club Kesem. Sign up here.
Can my child still attend Camp Kesem if my Kesem chapter is now hosting one of the new pilot programs?
If your Kesem chapter is now hosting one of the new pilot programs and you would like your child(ren) to attend Camp Kesem, you may switch to another local chapter offering camp. The majority of our chapters will still be hosting the traditional Camp Kesem programming, and we can support you in finding another chapter near you. Families can choose which program best fits their family’s needs.
Who can attend?
- Kesem serves youth ages 6-18 who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or a parent who is a cancer survivor - an estimated population of over 5 million children in the United States. Exceptions may be made for siblings who are 5 years old, please reach out to your local chapter to inquire.
- When the term "parent" is used at Kesem, it includes any parent or guardian with primary or legal responsibility for a child. This includes biological, adoptive, and foster parents. It can also include grandparents and other relatives in parenting roles.
- You must be local to attend Kesem Better Days and Kesem Gatherings, however, you can participate in Club Kesem from anywhere in the world!
How do I register?
What does this mean for your family?
- Our new programs give families even more time to connect with other kids and youth impacted by cancer year round. It also means families who were not interested in attending Camp Kesem or an overnight, sleepaway experience can attend this program and still benefit from the Kesem community.
What if I don't live near a chapter hosting year-round in-person programs?
- Sign up to receive more information about Club Kesem!
Are there any supplies needed to participate in Club Kesem?
- No supplies are needed to participate in Club Kesem! However, your child must be able to access Zoom on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.