Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 4-9, 2019

Angeles Crest Christian Camp

20075 Angeles Crest Hwy

Palmdale, CA 93550

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 14, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Chapman University

1 University Drive

Orange, CA 92866

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Meet the Team

Olivia “Queso” Vanni: Hi! My name is Queso and I am a Co-Director for Camp Kesem at Chapman University. I am a Junior Health Science major and Psychology minor. I stumbled across Kesem last year and have been OBSESSED since. My favorite camp song is most definitely Hey Burrito, and my favorite memory is the Talent Show! Kesem is such a life-changing experience and I am already counting down the days until camp!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Mitchell “Moose” Rosenberg: Hello! I’m Moose and I am one of the co-directors of Camp Kesem at Chapman. I’m a Senior studying political science and television writing in production from Calabasas, CA. This is my second year serving as a director for Kesem and it has been a life changing experience. Our first camp ever this past summer reminded me why I started a chapter in the first place—to bring real magic to these kids and their families as well as our counselors. I’m so excited to see what our second year brings!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Rachel “Scrubs” Lustig: Hiya! My name is Scrubs, and I am a Co-Director of Camp Kesem at Chapman University. I am a Junior Health Science Major and a Psychology Minor. I fell in love with Kesem and its mission when I first heard about it last year and had such an amazing time working as an Operations Coordinator for our first year as a Chapter. I cannot wait until camp, and would never want to stop working with such strong and spirited kids.

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Madison “Splash” Olson: Hey it’s Splash! I am a junior Health Science major and Psychology minor. This is my first year being a part of Kesem and I’m so excited to join the team as an AMP co-coordinator!! I Kesem for the kids and having the opportunity to bring such happiness and belonging to a wonderful group of people. I couldn’t be more ecstatic for camp and all of the Kesem Magic this next year will bring!!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Christian “Drive-Thru” Garcia: Hello! My name is Drive-Thru, and I am one of the AMP coorodinators for Kesem at Chapman this year! I’m a Senior studying creative producing, and I have been invovled with Chapman’s chapter of Kesem since the beginning! I previously served as an Operations coordinator, and seeing the results of all our hard work during camp has been so rewarding. Kesem means the world to me, and I can’t wait to see the positive impact this year brings!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Sarah “Sparkles” Amaya: Hi! My name is Sparkles I am one of the development coordinators at Camp Kesem Chapman University. I am a Senior studying health science. This is my second year being part of Camp Kesem and it has been an amazing experience. Camp Kesem is a magical place where we can come together and support one another and have fun. My favorite camp song has to be the shark song, most people may be sick of it but it is always a fun song to sing.

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Candace “Mocha Frap” Johnston: Hello! I’m Mocha Frap and I am one of the development coordinators at Camp Kesem Chapman University! I am a sophomore studying Business and Humanomics. I joined Camp Kesem at Chapman because the organization was so incredible and I wanted to be apart of the magic!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Amulya “Pizookie” Madhav: Hi! I’m Pizookie and I am one of the Make the Magic coordinators for Camp Kesem at Chapman! I am a third year health science student aspring to become an optometrist. I was a camp counselor for Chapman’s first camp this past summer and it was so humbling to learn and grow from both the kids and fellow counselors. I am so beyond excited to help plan Chapman’s first Make the Magic and looking forward to this upcoming year!

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Sayeed “Snooze” Mohammed: Heyo! I’m Snooze, one of the MTM coordinators for our chapter. I’m a senior studying Economics & Japanese. This past summer was my first experience with Camp Kesem and it was extremely englightenting. Seeing the kids bond, emphasize, and support each other taught me first hand the importance of vulnerability. While bittersweet, the end of camp showed how much these kids appreciated our efforts. I can’t wait to make the best Gala in Chapman’s Kesem history!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Kevin “Nike” O’Connor: Nike here. I am one of the operations coordinators at Camp Kesem Chapman. I may be a political science major, but that’s just because majoring in Kesem wasn’t an option. Kesem is a magical place and is filled with joy and laughter, and I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing organization. This is my second year with Kesem and my first year as an operations coordinator. Kesem has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and I hope to make your experience just as magical.

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Kina “Fried Rice” Wong: Hiyo! My name is Fried Rice and I’m one of the Operations Coordinators at Camp Kesem at Chapman. I’m a junior Business Administration major in the Honors Program. I found out about Kesem by accident, but I am so happy that I did because it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life so far. My favorite camp song is definitely This is Karl. Kesem changed my life last year, and I cannot wait to plan and prepare for next year’s camp and help make it even bettter than the first!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Meagan “Bean” Mitchell: Hi I’m Bean! I am a Sophomore Psychology major and am so beyond excited to be one of Chapman’s Outreach Coordinators this year. I Kesem for the amazing kids that inspire me every day with their strength, compassion, and humor. Kesem has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and the amount of support and love that is in this community is absolutely remarkable. My favorite camp memories are empowerment and the talent show. I am honored to be a part of the magic!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Melanie “Shoo” Reilly: Hi! I’m Shoo and I am a junior majoring in sociology and psychology and hope to work in the education system. This past August was my first Kesem experience and I can easily say it was the most fun week of my life! My favorite camp song is Brown Squirrel, and my favorite part of camp was having nightly cabin chats. I love how empowering and positive Kesem is and am so excited to see what the next year has in store!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Chapman University
Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Connor “Bottlecap” Kennedy: Howdy folks! My name is Bottlecap and I am the Treasurer for Camp Kesem at Chapman. I am a third year double majoring in Finance and Accounting. I fell in love with Kesem two years ago and ever since I live, breath and sleep camp songs! My favorite, however, definitely has to be Karl! I always loved summer camp when I was younger and I really enjoy giving that experience to others. Give Kids Kesem!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Isa “Apple” Basche: Hi! My name is Apple and I am the Volunteer Co-Coordinator for Camp Kesem at Chapman University! I am Junior studying Integrated Educational Studies and English. My favorite camp song is “Karl” and my favorite camp memory is the bonfire! I am eternally grateful to be a part of the Kesem magic and honestly can’t imagine my life without the positivity, empowerment, and kindness that those in Kesem bring!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University

Chloe “Rhymes” Rosichan: Hi! My name’s Rhymes and I’m a co-coordinator of Volunteer at Chapman’s Kesem! I’m a sophomore and still an undeclared major (hopefully declaring creative writing soon)! I found Kesem randomly last year and have been in awe of it ever since! I’ve always loved camp and everything that comes along with it, my favorite song has got to be Brown Squirrel. I feel so grateful to have found such an amazing organization and community to be apart of and I already can’t wait for camp to start again!

Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman University
Camp Kesem at Chapman 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:

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@kesem.org
Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director – chelsea.saurer@kesem.org

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.

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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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