Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Emma 'Rotini' Schaefer: My favorite Kesem memory is playing Cave Walk with the Pink Flamingo Cabin after our nightly dance parties! This is a game one of the campers made up where you have to travel from one side of the yurt to the other without being attacked by a bat!

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Audrey 'Bubbles' Williams: My favorite memory of Kesem is when the blue elephants made me an ice cream sundae during Messy Olympics! This year, I'm looking forward to helping with the Teen Leadership Program! :)

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Jackson 'Jalapeño' Harvey: My favorite Kesem memory is always going to be the last closing circle of the week, whether we're singing "Linger" or "Don't Walk In Front of Me". I always shed a tear but it's from the powerful bond we created through the magic of Kesem!!

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Evan 'Big Mac' Harvey: My favorite Kesem memory was the dance party after Empowerment 2017. It was my first year and the feelings I had that night were indescribable. Magic is the best way to describe it.

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Alex 'Ripley' Detrich: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be having nightly dance parties with out pink flamingo cabins. They were so much fun and those gals had so much energy it was crazy.

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Peyton 'Books' Jenkinson: This year in Kesem I am excited to be able to meet all of the Kesem campers and also be able to make new memories.

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Celeste 'Boots' Segura: This is my first year being on the Kesem team and I am mostly excited to really experience what it truly means to be apart of the team.

Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Anna 'Ladybug' Payne: I am looking forward to planning MTM, and meeting so many who support us.

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Abigail 'Gumball' Huff: I am most looking forward to collaborating with Raggedy Ann to make our fifth year at camp the best one yet!

Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Leanna 'Raggedy Ann' Wolters: My favorite Kesem memory is having a dance party with the pink flamingoes every night before going to bed!

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Cole 'Stooge' Connor: I'm looking forward to finally giving back to the camp after so many years of the camp giving and giving to my family.  I've been able to look at the affects of Camp Kesem on my family, so I'm excited to do the same for other families.

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Mary 'Daisy' Blanke: My favorite memory is when two of my campers and I were on the way back from getting night time meds,  and  we stopped to catch fireflies which was something I hadn't done in YEARS. It's such a simple memory, but to me it epitomizes the magic of camp

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Evan 'Lego' Bayles: My favorite Kesem memory is sitting with the entire camp and watching the fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

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Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Evan 'Lego' Bayles: My favorite Kesem memory is sitting with the entire camp and watching the fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Matthew  'Whale' Moeller: My favorite memories of kesem come with the kids that do not want to be at camp to start. It is so fun for me watching them grow to love Kesem and their new Kesem family while growing as people!

Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Casey 'Waffle' Williams: My favorite Kesem memory was from my first year at Camp. A group of campers organized an "Appreciate Waffle Day" with the goal to encourage and make me feel at home within the organization!

Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University
Camp Kesem at Ball State University

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 Ball State University

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

Camp Kesem at Ball State University

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 Ball State University

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 Ball State was generously provided by Lilly.

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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org

Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to 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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