Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

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Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/21/2020

YMCA Camp Onyahsa

5411 E Lake Rd

Dewittville, NY 14728

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, April 18th 2020

Statler Hotel Ballroom, 130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, NY

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Sawako 'Corgi' Suzuki: Stargazing with my campers the first summer.

Matthew 'Coffee' Mann: I absolutely LOVE the talent show each summer at camp! Last summer, one of our youngest campers came up with an entire skit all on his own, recruiting the help of so many counselors, and it was so cool to see him orchestrate the entire skit!

Janice 'Shrub' Kim: My very first Make the Magic I went to as a freshman! I got to meet campers and camper families for the first time and we raised $17,000 for our chapter!

Michelle 'Sunflower' Tang: Making s'mores and telling stories by the lake!

Brendan 'Badger' Welch: Kitchen Raid!! :o

Emily 'Hammock' Spiek: My favorite camp memory is when my cabin won the spirit stick becuase it was the first moment it felt like we were unified as a cabin. It was definitely the biggest cabin-bonding moment that year, and the memory has stuck with me since!

Nick 'Merlin' Smith: The Krispy Kreme donut sale

Priyanka 'Pebble' Konan: Looking forward to having a fantastic MTM!

Alex 'Treefrog' Ciampaglia: Kitchen Raids :)

Hanne 'Sprinkles' Boveng: Night time camp fire by the beach!

Soumeeka 'Kiwi' Koneru: My favorite Kesem memory is making sandcastles with my feet alongside my favorite campers and co-counselors, while watching the sunset.

Adam 'Steak' Skrocki: Hanging out at the lake with all the campers! Can't wait for more capture the flag next year.

Samantha 'Tulip' Hertle: I have been training in Gaga ball for years. I will win a game this year.

Hayley 'Lyric' Striegel: Winning the golden dustpan & messy games from camp 2019!

Rebecca 'Rib' North: Cabin chats with my cabin and the boys their age!

Shelby 'Frito' Gosset: Messy games

Nathaniel 'Carbon' Diamond: My favorite Kesem memory was officiating Gaga Ball, the ~premier~ event of Color Wars. Every kid, including those who usually weren't as keen on playing, made sure to hop into the pit.

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 Cornell University

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

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

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

Camp Kesem at Cornell 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 Cornell 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 Cornell University was generously provided by Richard and Dara Levy.

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.