Kesem at Home
Kesem at Home is a program designed to allow children impacted by a parent’s cancer the opportunity to build connections and relationships, provide avenues for self-expression and reflection, and to have fun with other kids who are going through similar experiences. This is a virtual program that brings the support of Kesem to the homes of our campers, where they will participate in interactive activities and discussions with other campers and their counselors as well as activities they can take offline to complete by themselves or with their family.
Kesem at Home programming will be offered at both the chapter and the national level. Chapters will each have their own unique schedule and each camper will have a schedule tailored to them. Campers must apply to take part in chapter programming. Kesem at Home national programming will feature twice weekly live and recorded online activities, social media interaction, and offline activities for campers and constituents. There is no registration required for Kesem at Home national programming, visit our social media pages for more information.
New campers will join returning campers in quickly becoming part of a loving, inclusive, and supportive community—filled with peers who understand and respect each other. Being a part of this community and with other kids who are just like them is empowering, comforting, encouraging, and inspirational. Our campers will still be given some of their favorite opportunities to share in such as "Cabin Chats" (facilitated by our trained student leaders and held with others their age) and an Empowerment Ceremony, both intended to embrace the community created at Kesem at Home.
We want to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you for trusting in us at this time. Thank you for dealing with ambiguity like we have never experienced. Above all—thank you for your optimism and encouragement as we embark on a new way to support our community. More than ever, the magic of Kesem must go beyond the week of camp we usually share together. We look forward to providing Kesem at Home to our families soon, and we will continue to keep you updated along the way. All of us at Kesem feel incredibly grateful for each of you. Thank you.
We strive to make accommodations for campers to make it as easy as possible to participate in our program. Families can indicate in their application a need and we will do our best to accommodate and will reach out in the weeks leading up to Kesem at Home. Campers can participate in Kesem at Home programming through a computer/tablet/smartphone, through a phone call, or through our offline activities.