I had a great discussion with Haley Brown for this episode. Haley is the outreach coordinator of the Seattle University chapter of Camp Kesem, and she lost her dad when she was 12. Camp Kesem is an organization with chapters at college campuses all across the US, and these chapters run free summer camps for kids and teens with a parent affected by cancer. This includes kids with a parent who died of cancer, a parent who survived cancer, or a parent currently being treated.
We talked about:
What Camp Kesem is, and who it’s for;
Activities at camp, including “typical summer camp activities” such as boating, swimming, and crafts;
The counselor-in-training program for older teens;
How college students can get involved in organizing or being a counselor at camp;
Programs other than summer camp that Camp Kesem chapters run throughout the year;
How to find a Camp Kesem chapter near you;
Haley’s experience and reflections on losing her dad to cancer at age 12; and
What it means to her to volunteer with kids affected by a parent’s cancer.
If you have a kid ages 6-18 and your family has been affected by cancer, I’d encourage you to check it out.
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Haley Brown.
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