Thank you for your interest in Camp Kesem. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications for 2019. Please contact to be notified for 2020.

Our policy is to automatically place all new families on a waitlist when they register, and then take them off the list as space opens up at camp. If it is possible to save the week of June 17-23 for Camp Kesem, please do so. While we cannot make guarantees at this point about spaces at camp, we will work our hardest to serve as many campers as possible. We will contact you as soon as possible with information about open spaces at camp.

Camp Kesem is open to any child age 6-16 regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic status in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  Campers are eligible if one of their parents is currently battling cancer, is in remission from cancer, or has passed away from cancer. Due to the financial burden experienced by families coping with cancer, Camp Kesem is provided free of charge to the families it serves. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with consideration to ensure an appropriate balance of age and gender. Once a camper attends camp, he or she is guaranteed a spot at camp in the following years, up until the camper is no longer eligible to attend camp.  


Life as a Camp Kesem Camper

Every day at Camp Kesem Stanford gives campers an opportunity to try something new while having fun. A typical day at camp follows the schedule below:

  • Wake up

  • Breakfast

  • Morning activity rotations (arts and crafts, sports, science, etc.)

  • Rest time

  • Lunch

  • Swimming

  • Afternoon activity rotations

  • Dinner

  • Camp Fire

  • Cabin Chat

  • Lights out

  • Roots: During one evening at camp, time is set aside for the entire camp to get together to acknowledge why they are there. This is a time for campers to talk to each other and share their stories – their fears, their accomplishments, their hopes and dreams. Anyone can talk if they choose to, but not everybody has to. We do ask that every camper comes to camp with some knowledge of their parent's experience, however we do not require campers to share.