Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

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Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/26/2020 - 7/31/2020

743 Farmer Rd, Julian, CA 92036

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


Orange County Mining Co.

10000 South Crawford Canyon Road, Santa Ana, CA

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Meet the Team

Olivia 'Queso' Vanni: I am looking forward to watching this chapter continue to grow and make larger, more wide-spread impacts across Orange County and Southern California.

Kina 'Fried Rice' Wong: Watching the children excitedly and unabashedly dump whip cream, paint, and silly string on their counselors' heads!

Madi 'Splash' Olson: My favorite Kesem memories are from hanging out, playing games, and having cabin chat with the Orange Girls!!!

Maddie 'Doodle' Chavez: My favorite Kesem memory is practicing for the talent show with Orange Girls! I'm looking forward to reconnecting with and meeting new Kesem family members as well as bringing smiles to their faces!

Natalie 'Trix' Merkley: My favorite Kesem memory was empowerment. These kids are so strong and so loving to be going through the hardships of a parent's cancer. My heart goes out to them, and they are the reason I do this.

Elly 'Groot' Aronson: My favorite Kesem memories include making new friends who I get to call my Kesem family. Kesem has such a special place in my heart and I can't wait to help our chapter continue to grow!

Larissa 'Lulu' Fielder: My favorite Kesem memory is making the 'Cancer Sucks' banner and throwing paint all over it with the campers.

Isa 'Apple' Basche : My favorite Kesem memory is Empowerment my first year as a counselor! This was the first time I truly saw the magic of Kesem in action. I remember being blown away by the strength, bravery, and love present amongst our campers.

Connor 'BottleCap' Kennedy: My favorite Kesem memory has to be our chapter’s very first year of camp. It was a really close knit and personal experience for all of the campers and counselors.

Alexander 'Jeopardy' Lyon: One of my favorite memories was at camp last summer was definitely getting stuck on the zipline. However uncomfortable it was, I had a great view of the beautiful camp, the forest scenery and all the campers laughing at me as I tried to get down.

Kevin 'Nike' O'Connor: What I am looking forward to the most this year at camp is sitting around the campfire with my Kesem family. The campfire, to me, is where everyone comes together and connects, proving why Kesem is magic.

Chloë 'rhymes' Rosichan: I can’t wait to get back to camp this summer! There’s nothing I love more than all of us hanging out by the bonfire making s’mores and singing camp songs. That’s when the best laughs happen.

Meagan 'Bean' Mitchell: My favorite Kesem memory is hearing the campers talk about Kesem after Empowerment, and seeing the kindness that they demonstrate towards one another. It's truly powerful to hear our campers say that they feel like a part of the Kesem family.

Melanie 'Shoo' Reilly : My favorite Kesem memory is the first time our camp sang "Brown Squirrel." The counselor who lead it was so animated and enthusiastic, I don't think I've ever laughed harder in my life!

Amelie 'Cheese' Beresford-Wood: My favorite Kesem memory was sitting around the campfire and singing songs with my Kesem fam at the end of an incredible, life-changing week!

Amelie 'Cheese' Beresford-Wood: My favorite Kesem memory so far has been Summit and having the opportunity to see the impact we all leave on so many kids lives with the passion we have to help others.

Jacob 'Skittle' Carpenter: Empowerment was such an incredible experience for me. You get to see how strong everyone is, and it creates this incredible sense of family that makes Kesem what it is.

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 Chapman University

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

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

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

Camp Kesem at Chapman 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 Chapman 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 Chapman 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

Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director –
Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director –

Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.

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.