Camp Kesem at Clemson

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/14/2020 - 6/20/2020

180 Youth Camp Road, Honea Path, SC 29654

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 28th 2020

Palmetto Ridge, 10238 Clemson Boulevard, Seneca, SC

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Meet the Team

Caylee 'Float' Taylor: Our talent show last summer. We had a camper who recently moved to SC from Fl. He'd been doing Kesem for a while and our camp adviser was actually one of his counselors at UF. This was his last year and he led us all in a group dance. It was perfect

Sydney 'Squid' Lynch: During our first year at camp, an empowerment pillar was for the campers and counselors to design their hero on a paper bag. Afterwards, our admin team lined the paper bags with candles all the way to a massive bonfire where we sang camp songs.

Jordan 'Gypsy' Schrader: My favorite Camp Kesem memory was when we I was able to connect with my campers through the imitation of Karl. This made them laugh for the duration of down time and ir was really fun for me to experience with them.

Kelly 'Lemur' Wagner: Looking forward to getting to meet campers at events throughout the year, and or camp next summer!

Lily 'Hurricane' Jerzylo: I am looking forward to a new experience rooted in optimism. I am looking forward to making lasting friendships along my Kesem journey and focusing on positivity. I hope to make a difference and positively impact the people I meet!

kaye 'kwiw' akridge: I am very excited to help camp kesem reach our goals and send kids to camp this camp season!

Kathryn 'Sparky' Counts: My favorite Kesem memory was moving my campers in to camp for the very first time! It was so exciting to meet all the girls and see just how much they had been looking forward to camp ALL year long!

Frances 'Moo' Small: I am so excited to bond with the kids! I am really looking forward to throwing an event to raise money for this incredibly organization. This is a fantastic place to be apart of and I can already feel the magic.

Paige 'Flame' Jones: I'm looking forward to meeting new individuals, creating unforgettable memories, and learning more about myself and others.

Breana 'Fluffy' Carter: My favorite Kesem memory was the talent show we had this past summer. It was amazing to see the kids get up on stage and showcase their talents. The amount of support that came from the audience was what made that a night I will never forget.

London 'Phin' Wilson: I am looking forward to meeting all of the new campers and having so much fun this summer !

Matthew 'Bravo' Shiffer: I am looking forward to bringing new ideas to the chapter at Clemson and making camp an amazing memory for each child! Also, as an Outreach Coordinator I aspire to make sure no child goes unnoticed.

Makenna 'Mac & Cheese' Leyden: I am looking forward to finding new families and campers to spread the Kesem Magic to this upcoming summer.

Nathan 'Gator' Sipe: My favorite Kesem memory was being a counselor for the first time and seeing the impact that it had on all of the campers in my unit. In addition to this messy games is with out a doubt something I am looking forward to this upcoming camp.

Elise 'Ducky' Blackburn: The final night of camp was our talent show, and one of the youngest campers Rock sang a song about how much she loved Kesem. Hearing everyone cheer and give her a standing ovation was my favorite part of camp. I can't wait for this summer!

Joseph 'Flash' LaValla: Def would be our fashion show and seeing all of the crazy and wild outifts the campers picked for the unit leaders. The other favorite memory would be empowerment and just connecting with everyone on a much deeper emotional level.

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 Clemson

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

Camp Kesem at Clemson

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

Camp Kesem at Clemson

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 Clemson

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 Clemson University was generously provided by Lilly and St. Francis Cancer Center.

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.