Fall Friends + Family Day
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Priya 'Peaches' Shukla: One of my most vivid memories was the campfire at my first year at camp. Complete with singing and games, it was a time for all units and counselors to be together. Watching the kids break out of their shells showed me how Kesem is genuinely magical.
Cindy 'Coco' Takigawa: My favorite Kesem memory is witnessing the change in campers who are hesitant to leave their parent's car at the beginning of camp to not wanting to go back home by the end of the week.
Mia 'Mermaid' Newkirk: My favorite Kesem memory is Messy Wars that past summer! The weather was so beautiful, and everyone was in such a great mood!
Alyssa 'Hammy' Neuberger: I am excited to have fun with the campers this year!
Ryan 'Puddles' Kilgallon: My favorite Kesem memory is our camper talent show from when I was a summer counselor. I loved seeing each camper perform for the group whether through dance, art, or even stand-up comedy!
Julia 'Smiley' Berman: messy wars :)
John 'Salmon' Abernathy: This was my first year at Kesem and I am looking forward to coming back to camp and seeing all the returning campers as well as meeting new ones.
Andrea 'Fox' Jenkins: Anytime we make care packages for campers
Jacob 'Strider' Dell: The Empowerment ceremony during my first week of camp was one of the most uplifting moments of which I've ever been a part. The connections that linked everyone in the room were palpable and we all grew closer together because of them.
Sanjena 'Sunny' Venkatesh: I'm looking forward to being a counselor this year!
Eleanor 'Cheerio' Zwart: I'm so excited for camp to grow this summer and to see faces both familiar and new come to Kesem :)
Andreas '' Louskos: Seeing the amazing turnout at the first MTM I attended.
Ellie 'Guac' Briskin: My favorite part of Camp Kesem is singing "Lean On Me" each night. We come together after a day filled with a wild variety of experiences to lift each other up in a way that makes us feel like family. It perfectly captures the magic of Kesem.
Charlie 'River' Little: Watching the boy Swedish Fish dance his little heart out til he couldnt dance no more. That man got the freshest moves this side of the Mississippi
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:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
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.
Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.