Camp Kesem Recruiting Nurse Volunteers

January 17, 2017
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute

Founded in 2000 at Stanford University in Stanford, in Stanford, California, Camp Kesem operates free summer camps for children who have been touched by a parent's cancer. Camp Kesem has expanded to now include 80 chapters in 38 states.

Camp Kesem at Duke will host this year’s camp at the Keyauwee Program Center in Sophia, North Carolina, Sunday, Aug. 13, to Saturday, Aug. 19.

“Camp is free,” said Veerain Gupta, a co-director of the local chapter. “Camp is organized, managed and staffed by college student volunteers from Duke University. We expect to have more than 100 campers between the ages of 6 and 16.”

Camp Kesem at Duke is seeking two nurses to join the summer camp team to help ensure the safety and well-being of campers. The positions are volunteer positions but include food and lodging throughout the weeklong camp.

“Our nurses are responsible for dispensing daily medication, as instructed by each campers’ physician,” explained Gupta. “Nurses will also address possible health emergencies that could arise at camp.”

Candidates must be a North Carolina-licensed nurse or master’s level mental health professional.

Camp Kesem is the only national organization dedicated to supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Additionally, Kesem provides training, support and leadership development to more than 3,000 college student leaders from across the nation.

For more information on Camp Kesem and the nurse positions, please contact Camp Kasem at duke@campkesem.org or call Veerain Gupta at 919.6271813.

Topics: nurses