Camp Kesem at Brown University

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Camp Kesem at Brown University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/23/2020 - 8/28/2020


1065 Wordens Pond Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879

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

Saturday, March 14th 2020

The Pavilion at Grace, 300 Westminster Street, Providence, RI

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Catherine 'Dusty' Carignan: I co-lead the Empowerment ceremony for our younger campers last summer and the openness, love, and courage these kids showed was truly inspiring, it's why I Kesem.

Leni 'Fiji' Kreienberg: I am looking forward to seeing our chapter grow and am excited for all the new friends our chapter will make this year!

Anabel 'Sprinkles' Henick: My favorite kesem memory was when all of my campers and I were playing in the pool during swim time!

Nicole 'Sandy' Fraga: I look forward to helping everyone get excited for camp this year. I really hope to spread the Kesem magic with anyone who crosses Kesem's path.

Sheril 'Fritters' Varghese: In our Talent Show, one of our campers was super super scared of going up on stage.But after counselors joined him and started being their weird awkward selves, he literally had the best dance moves ever. It was genuinely such an empowering moment.

Aidan 'Mozz' Brice: Last year I worked at camp as a program counselor, and I felt that this was an amazing opportunity to get to know each camper. I had such a blast planning activities, but my favorite memory has to be empowerment. It was such a special experience!

Rishubh 'Swoosh' Jain: My favorite Kesem was playing impromptu games of football or soccer with campers between rotations or before meals. I loved seeing campers from different units coming together and all the energy they brought in these spontaneous moments.

Clara 'Socks' Choate: I am so excited to help plan Make the Magic this year and make the night as special as I know it will be!

Logan 'Buzz' Cho: Seeing how much campers grow across a week of camp

Isabelle 'Sneeze' Belleza: I'm looking forward to making Kesem magic happen, through planning camp and working with the rest of the amazing Coordboard! I absolutely can't wait to see returning campers at camp and to welcome new campers and counselors into the Kesem family :)

Maya 'Monkey' Mundada: Kesem Talent Show!

Srikar 'Mango' Dudipala: I am looking forward to getting involved with Camp Kesem for the first time and working with amazing people towards achieving a goal that I really believe in!

Michael 'Pikachu' Tan: Really looking forward to talking and keep in touch with camper families; and getting both camper families and counselors to be excited about camp next year. Kesem Love and Magic.

Idalmis 'Blueberry' Lopez: One of my dearest Kesem memories was a cabin chat where we put all of our mattresses together at the center of our cabin and began to share our stories–funny, sad, inspiring– and at the end we sat in a circle hugging one another.

Dhruv '' 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.

Darci 'Strawberry' Johnson: My favorite Kesem memory is getting to work on the talent show with my girls in red unit. We had such a great time coming up with acts and rehearsing all week long.

Trevor 'Mushu' Labuda: My favorite Kesem memory is the Messy Olympics from this past Summer's camp. It was my first every Messy Olympics, and it was an absolute blast! Being able to just let loose and have fun together was amazing, and it is a memory I'll never forget!

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 Brown University

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

Camp Kesem at Brown University

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

Camp Kesem at Brown 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 Brown 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 Brown University was generously provided by Scare to Care, Tim Shaw, and Vernon Shaw.

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.