Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 7-13, 2019


Week 2: July 21-27, 2019

Y Camp

1192 166th Drive

Boone, IA 50036

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 14, 2019

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Early Spring Friends + Family Day

March 24, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 27, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 16, 2019 at 6:00pm

Naperville Country Club

25W570 Chicago Avenue

Naperville, IL

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Amanda “Dolphin” Tannhauser is a junior majoring in Elementary Education and this will be her third year in Kesem. She is excited to help put on another amazing year of camp and getting to see all the amazing campers again this summer!

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Maddie “Potato” Witt is a senior majoring in Communication Studies. This will be Potato’s third year in Kesem and she is most excited to oversee all of the behind the scenes of camp with her co, Dolphin!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Jenna “Ladybug” Roecker is a junior majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies. This will be her 2nd year in Kesem and she is excited to work on Kesem’s social media and create merchandise with her co, Astro!

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Callie “Astro” Staker: This will be Astro’s third year of Kesem! She is a junior majoring in Business Marketing and Finance. Astro can’t wait for camp and is counting down the days until she can see the campers again!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Molly “Smiles” Bastida is a sophomore studying CSD and Religion! This will be her second year in Kesem and she Kesems because every kid deserves the opportunity to be a kid and to be surrounded by kids who understand what they are going through.

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Marissa “Wisco” Olson is a junior studying Biology and Public Health! This will be Wisco’s third year of Kesem and she’s most excited for fundraisers, working with all the counselors, and getting to know everyone more!is a junior studying Biology and Public Health! This will be Wisco’s third year of Kesem and she’s most excited for fundraisers, working with all the counselors, and getting to know everyone more!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Ashley “Giggles” Marcinkus is a junior majoring in Elementary Education and this is her third year in Kesem. To her, Kesem is the pinnacle example of magic, community, love, and support!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Peyton “La-Z-Boy” Couch is a sophomore studying Pre-Med and Neuroscience. He is super excited for his second year of Kesem, and can’t wait to meet all the new counselors and campers!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Kara “Sunny” Auchstetter is a sophomore studying CSD. With this being her second year in Kesem she is excited to plan a magical week of camp and see all of the amazing campers again!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Ally “Sprinkles” Sprengel is a senior studying CSD and Sprinkles Kesems for the campers. She has gained over 120 role models because of this organization and these kids have taught her more than she could ever imagine. This will be her fourth year at camp!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Anthony “Sauce” Todd is a senior studying Secondary Education (History) and this will be his third year of Kesem. Sauce Kesems for his friends and family who have struggled with cancer as well as for the campers that have changed his life.

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Isabelle “Fox” Warren is a senior studying Psychology and Communication Studies. This will be her second year in Kesem and says Camp Kesem is by far the best thing she has ever been a part of!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Alli “Spaghetti” Benschneider is a sophomore majoring in CSD who loves helping the campers find a new sight of life through Kesem. This will be her second year of experiencing Kesem magic!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
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Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Jessica “Bubbles” Greene is a junior studying Math and Psychology and this will be her third year of Kesem. Bubbles Kesems because she wants to remind everyone that happiness still exists and that we can create it even when life gets hard.

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Reileigh “Bread” Turro is a senior majoring in CSD and Spanish. This will be Bread’s 4th year of Kesem and she’s super excited to bring on some amazing new counselors and plan a super fun Krazy Kesem week!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Josh “Chef Boiardee” Malone will be going to camp for the second time this year and he’s a junior majoring in Geography and Geology. Chef is pumped to recruit new volunteers this year and form new relationships with those who are just as passionate about Kesem as he is!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Tyler “Cupid” Valentine is a senior majoring English and Creative Writing. This will be his second year of Kesem and he’s looking forward to seeing all of the campers again this summer!

Camp Kesem at Augustana College
Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Our Supporters

In addition to the year-round support, services, and training we receive from Kesem National,
we are grateful to those who provide support to our local Camp Kesem chapter including:

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Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

Camp Kesem at Augustana College

Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.

Community Partners

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Kling Family Foundation

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Augustana College was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

Nationwide Community

How Kesem National Supports This Chapter

Kesem’s national staff of over 30 professionals is involved in all aspects of establishing and supporting each of our 100+ chapters nationwide as well as the training and oversight of all college student leaders. Our leadership program has been developed over the last 17 years and, while both rigorous and demanding, is focused on providing the highest level of support, service and safety for the children who participate in our programs.

The Kesem Program Director for this chapter (see below) is involved in all aspects of camp and our additional services. While your local student leaders are your primary contact for questions, you are also welcome and encouraged to contact their Program Director with other specific questions.

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Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director – hannah.montoya@@kesem.org
Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director – hannah.montoya@kesem.org

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Her passion for Kesem began when she joined the founding team at Brown University, where she served as an Alumni, PR, Marketing coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and Chapter Co-Director her senior year. During this time, she also served as a Junior Camp Advisor and Camp Preparation Volunteer. Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Through and Beyond Support Services

Kesem Through and Beyond Support

Our free year-round services provide children impacted by a parent's cancer a continuum of touchpoints throughout the year.

Camp Kesem

Kesem's flagship program operates over 100 free summer camps in 40 states for children ages 6 to 18 who have been impacted by a parent's cancer.

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Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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Friends + Family Day

Regular gatherings for existing and interested camper families, alumni, supporters and Kesem student leaders for a day of community building.

Kesem Connections

Provides Kesem families with regular updates including important deadlines and events.

Kesem By Your Side

Provides customized support for children through the many challenges associated with a parent or guardian's cancer journey.

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Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

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Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.

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