Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Camp Kesem Stanford!

Applications for Summer 2017 are now closed. Check back next year for another opportunity to apply.


Camp Kesem is an overnight camp and year-round community for children aged 6-17 who have a parent who is currently suffering from, in remission from, or has died of cancer. In many ways these children are just as much the victims of cancer as their parents, but they are often overlooked and underserved. Camp Kesem provides these children with the unique opportunity to build friendships and gain strength from peers facing similar challenges, in addition to enjoying a week of fun made especially for them.

Camp Kesem is free to all of the families it serves. It is also a secular camp that is open to all children regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, or financial status. Camp Kesem welcomes a diverse staff of dedicated, responsible, and caring students to serve as counselors.

Applicants must commit to student group activities during the year, attend a mandatory counselor training weekend, April 4-7, 2016, and be available during the week of camp and counselor debrief, June 19-26, 2017.

We expect all counselors to be engaged in the on-campus community during Spring Quarter by helping with Camp Kesem preparations, assisting with fundraisers, and participating in bonding activities with other counselors.

Want to learn more? Take a look at our FAQ's page for more information.