Camp Kesem at Boston University

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Camp Kesem at Boston University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/21/2020

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac

6 Hawthorne Rd, Lenox, MA 01240

Week 2 Session
Week 3 Session

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day


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Spring Friends + Family Day


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Make the Magic


The Inn at Longwood Medical

342 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Elizabeth 'Boat' Stubbs: During empowerment, one of our youngest campers said that doctors, "shouldn't be allowed to take breaks, even for an hour for lunch." As someone who wants to be there for my Kesem family 24/7, and a future doctor, it just touched my heart.

Helen 'Pickles' Kitrosser: This year I am most looking forward to the growth of our chapter! CK is often called the "best-kept secret" but it shouldn't be. Everyone deserves the chance to experience the magic of Kesem and I am so excited that I get to be part of that!

Xamantha 'Bali' Tjakra: I'm looking forward to my first day of camp! Even though it is a while away, I've heard so many good things about camp and can't wait to experience my first one and meet all the campers!

Kailyn 'Bubbles' Tran: My favorite Kesem memory is from empowerment. Empowerment was an amazing time to make everyone in the room feel appreciated and loved. I felt closer to my Kesem family than ever before.

Hannah 'Melon' Tobin: I am looking forward to working with dedicated, passionate peers who care about helping kids in difficult situations.

Eugenia Seastar'' Lee: I am most looking forward to having fun with the campers and being able to provide them with a good time through a week of fun activities

Jadyn 'Jellybean' General: This is my first year with Kesem and I can’t wait to meet everyone! I’ve heard so many great things about CK, so I’m very excited to finally be a part of the team and provide campers with a fun-filled week of laughter, support, and fun!!

Anne 'Daffodil' Spatz: When one of our campers was nervous about climbing the rock wall, but decided to climb it and got to the top.

Ava 'Flippers' Glick: I am so excited for this year of Kesem!  I have been a camp counselor for five years, so I am looking forward to experiencing camp from a different point of view as a coordinator and making this a memorable and meaningful experience for the kids.

Maya 'Nugget' Rose: I'm looking forward to meeting all of our campers and creating a magical experience for them through my role as Operations coordinator!

Numaan 'Sherlock' Dogar: Messy Wars was by far the most fun I had at camp, and I'm looking forward to it again this year!

Hanae 'Blossom' Betsuyaku: Hi, my name is Hanae and I am a freshman studying biochemistry! I decided to join Kesem because its mission truly resonated with my own desire to help others. This is my first year, and I look forward to working as an outreach coordinator!

Delaney 'Indie' Dow: My favorite Kesem memory is affirmation, because it connects everyone at Camp to one another and truly shows what it means to be a part of the magic of Kesem and what it means to have a Kesem family. I'm so excited to see our chapter grow this year!

Lucas 'Sharkbait' Taylor: My favorite Kesem memory is definitely our affirmation ceremony. I don't think I have ever felt so loved and cared about in my entire life and it was great to know that I had such an impact on so many people's lives.

Chih-Cheng "Aqua" Wu: My favorite Kesem memory was when I had a camper in my cabin who during the first day, lashed out at other campers and didn't want to be at camp but on the last day say he didn't want to leave and that he loved camp!

Dhruv ''Dino" Gaur: I love the post-Empowerment warm and fuzzies. After all of our seeing our campers have the strength to open up, it was great to see them affirm each other.

Rishona 'Sunflower' Michael: Singing Camp songs by the bonfire while eating smores!

Murtaza 'Mufasa' Moiyadi: My favorite Kesem memory is my conversation with a camper during arts and crafts. While painting  a superhero mask, the camper shared with me the story of what he had to go through when his mom passed away, a moment that will stick with me forever.

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:

Camp Kesem at Boston University

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

Camp Kesem at Boston University

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

Camp Kesem at Boston 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 Boston 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

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

Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director –
Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director –

Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

Warm Welcome

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

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.

Special Deliveries

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

Online Resources

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