Camp Kesem at Columbia University

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Camp Kesem at Columbia University
Camp Kesem at Columbia University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/30/2020 - 9/4/2020

Camp Lakota

56 Park Rd, Wurtsboro, NY 12790

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

Friday May 1st 2020

The Diana Center at Barnard College in The Event Oval

3009 Broadway, New York, NY

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Ava 'Ziti' Adler: My favorite Kesem memory is from my first summer seeing the transition in the campers from before and after Empowerment. The energy in camp felt more cohesive and you could see the difference in how the campers acted toward each other.

Jenna 'Tink' Marks : My favorite Kesem memory is dancing on the docks at the lake with my yellow unit friends!

Jordan 'Cowbell' Kalai: My favorite Kesem memory was dancing to The Git Down with green unit during our talent show!

Isabelle 'Fizzy' Robinson: My favorite Kesem memory is watching the youngest girls in my group (who were six and seven) go from being as shy and quiet as mice to declaring that they were never going back home! I was so happy the found a family in us.

Beom Joon 'Tahu' Baek: I loved the empowerment. I felt the campers’ energy making me also feel empowered as well.

Gala 'Purple ' Kalevic: I can not wait to see all the kids again this upcoming summer! The amount of joy camp Kesem brings is irreplaceable!

Connie 'Winnie' Crighton: My favorite Kesem memory was as Arts Program Counselor when I saw how excited my Blue unit campers got when they made origami flowers and birds for their paper lanterns.

Juliet 'Leia' Sloane: Can’t wait for MTM 2020!

Emily 'Blueberry' Pedrick: My favorite Kesem memory was messy games and seeing everybody completely live in the moment and having the most incredible time.

Brian 'Mac' Ross: My favorite Kesem memories are enjoying my first messy games and singing camp songs in the bus all the way home on the last day.

Kayla 'Kale' Abrams: Seeing all the campers go from missing home to never wanting to leave camp!

Meghan 'Hudson' Walsh: This summer I impulsively purchased a unicorn onesie and surprised my campers at my favorite Kesem activity of the summer, the talent show! We didn't stop laughing for the full 2 hours and I felt truly supported to dance my heart out on stage <3

Drew 'Zero' Posner: My favorite Kesem memory has to be the first cabin chat. Being able to see kids be so compassionate and vulnerable while also so lighthearted and positive was such an amazing experience.

Ravelle 'Ravioli' Dundon: My favorite Kesem memory was when my campers and I made Oreo cookie monsters!

Eriife 'Rio' Adelusimo: I am looking forward to seeing old campers again and getting to know new Kesem campers! I'm especially excited for our Friends + Family days!

Stacy 'Sailor' Kanellopoulos: Messy Games! I had a lot of fun with one of my camper's, who, in previous years, was strongly opposed to getting dirty. I also always love the talent show.

Meghana 'Mochi' Pandit: Empowerment night

Henry 'Cheese' Kiem: My favorite Kesem moment is definitely empowerment. I find it so remarkable how close campers and counselors get over the course of one week, and I credit empowerment with solidifying those bonds.

Nathan 'Peanut' Martin: Since last summer was my first time being a counselor at Kesem, I cannot wait to catch up with all the returning campers at Kesem events and camp next year.

Sajan 'Babu' Bar: My favorite Kesem memory is running around during messy games and seeing my campers from blue unit with the biggest smiles on their faces before they started throwing paint at me

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 Columbia University

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

Camp Kesem at Columbia University

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

Camp Kesem at Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia University was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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.