Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Important Dates

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

Camp Sessions

June 30 – July 5, 2019

Flat Rock River YMCA Camp

6981 West County Road 650 N

St. Paul, IN 47272

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

March 24, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 13, 2019 at 5:00pm

The Wellington Fishers

Banquet & Conference Center

9775 N by NE Blvd

Fishers, IN 46037

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Audrey “Bubbles” Williams: I am a sophomore special education major from Lawrenceburg, IN! After school, I plan to work with students with disabilities. I love working with kids, playing soccer, hammocking, hiking, playing violin/singing, and having fun. This is my second year with Camp Kesem and I couldn’t be more excited! Camp Kesem has helped me find a home at college and people just as passionate about this kiddos as me.

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Evan “Big Mac” Harvey: My name is Evan Harvey. I am a junior at Ball State studying social studies education. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. This is my third year doing Camp Kesem, and I’m very excited for the future of the organization. In my spare time I love watching football, fishing, and playing the guitar.

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

Adeline “Bacon Bitz” Border: Hello! I am a Public Relations major with a minor in Travel and Tourism. This will be my third year with Camp Kesem and my second year with the position of AMP on executive board. Joining Camp Kesem was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This organization has truly changed my life and given me the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible people on earth.

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Chance “Speedracer” Osborne: Hi! I’m Chance Osborne, but the kids called me Speedracer. I am part of the Alumni, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator team this year! My biggest joy comes from serving others and what better way to do that than to serve these kids at Camp Kesem? I also enjoy hiking and playing guitar to pass time. I’m a senior Social Work major and plan on pursuing a career in Law Enforcement. Cheers to the Camp Kesem 2018-2019 year!

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

Leanna “Raggedy Ann” Wolters: I’m Raggedy Ann and I am currently a junior nursing major. I joined Camp Kesem because I find a lot of joy in helping others, and I think this particular group of kids is often overlooked. Camp Kesem is that as counselors we are not only changing the campers’ lives, they are impacting ours even more. I am eager to raise money to send as many kids to camp as possible. I have fallen in love with this organization, and I am so excited to continue to spread the Kesem magic.

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Ryan “Gator” Marsh: I’m Ryan, also known as Gator, and I will be one half of development for 2018! I am currently a Junior at Ball State studying business administration, though I found a passion for working with kids through a YMCA summer camp. After reading what it’s all about, I decided to apply for a coordinator position and haven’t looked back since! I am beyond excited to be a part of an organization that has such a positive impact on the lives of children and can’t wait for what’s to come!

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

Alex “Ripley” Detrich: Hello, my name is Alex Detrich and I am a first-year psychology and statistic double major. I became involved in Camp Kesem this year when I attended camp as a counselor-in-training. After that fun-filled week of new memories and connections I knew that Camp Kesem was the place for me and that I wanted to help grow the camp as much as possible. I adore children and I love nothing more than to get to know them and make them apart of the Camp Kesem family!

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Abby “Gumball” Huff: My name is Abby Huff, and I’m from New Albany, IN. I am a sophomore communications major at Ball State. Between school, work, and my extracurricular activities, I love to stay active, whether that be hiking on the weekends. Attending summer camps as a kid has shaped who I am today as a counselor, but most importantly as an individual. I’m so blessed I get the opportunity to give back the magic that I’ve been given.

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

Alec “Sparky” St. John: Hi my name is Alec St. John. I am a junior nursing major with a minor in psychology of human development. I joined Kesem to help show as many kids as possible, the best time of their lives. With a camp now under my belt, I really want to be apart of the behind the scenes work for the Magic that is CK!

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Kyle “Tank” Frank: Hi my name is Kyle (a.k.a. Tank)! I am a junior Criminal Justice Major here at Ball State. I enjoy hiking, camping, and fishing. I am one of the Operations Coordinates for Camp Kesem. As well, I am the Treasurer for my Social Fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha.

Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Matt “Whale” Moeller: I’m Whale and I am a junior nursing student! I had the time of my life working as a counselor last year, and I am beyond excited to continue working with this awesome organization! The children that we put this camp on for are some of the best kids I have ever known, and getting to put Camp Kesem on for them is one of the highlights of my year!

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

Mary “Daisy” Blanke: I’m Daisy and I am a junior in nursing school. I am so humbled and thrilled to be a part of Camp Kesem. Joining Camp my freshman year was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The passion I see in everyone around me inspires me everyday. I have fallen in love with the volunteers, campers and families. I’m so excited to be an outreach coordinator so that I can get to know the campers and families even better than before!

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Nicholas “Rice Krispy” Millspaugh: Hello, my name is Rice Krispy and I am a current senior studying Exercise Science. I became a part of Camp Kesem my freshman year and had no idea what this organization would bring me. I knew I liked camping and wanted to be a counselor but I had no idea of the impact it would have on me. I can now say that Kesem magic is a wonderful thing and I can’t wait to bring it to the campers this upcoming year!

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
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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

Ryan “Burrito” Vivirito: My name is Ryan Vivirito, aka Burrito. I’m a senior Criminal Justice and Criminology major with minors in Computer Science and Computer Security. I’m an active brother of Lambda Chi Alpha and have also participated for two years on Dance Marathon’s Morale Committee. I Kesem for all the kids who are going through something they should never have to deal with, especially at this age, and I want to make sure that they know they will always have a family and a support system within CKBSU.

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

Evan “Lego” Bayles: My name is Evan Bayles and I am one of the Volunteer Coordinators! I am a Junior studying Public Relations and I’ve been involved in Kesem for three years now. My experience with Kesem has been amazing. I have a hard time describing exactly why it means so much to me sometimes, because there are so many aspects of camp itself that make it so memorable. I am so thankful to be able to be an integral part of this process this year and I look forward to seeing what this camp can be in the future.

Camp Kesem at Ball State University

Emma “Rotini” Schaefer is a junior Communications major who is super excited for her second year in CK! When she has free time she loves yoga, cooking, and expanding her extensive fanny pack collection. Rotini got her camp name because she has a passion for pasta and there no other noodle that captures sauce quite like the rotini noodle.

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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