Camp Kesem at Denison University

Camp Kesem at Denison University

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Camp Kesem at Denison University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/7/2020

5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054

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

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Meet the Team

Meg 'Blue' Wilson: I am most looking forward to seeing this whole process from start to finish!

Claire 'Pickles' Larsen: This is our first year as a chapter and I could not be more excited to be in the director role. I am looking forward to seeing our camp unfold and to be able to hold our first camp of many to come!

Kristina 'Panini' Diez: I am looking forward to working with other students to plan an amazing summer for all the campers and staff. I cannot wait to see all of our planning and work come together, and to enjoy the week of camp with all of the campers!

Halle 'Bambi' Tirsch: Summer camp has always been such an important part of my life growing up. Camp Kesem is such a special organization that goes above and beyond any other summer camp, and I can't wait to be a part of it.

Emily 'Pepper' Nicholson: I'm looking forward to spreading the opportunity to participate in Kesem to the community surrounding Denison! I can't wait to see the impact that camp will have on the campers and Kesem staff!

Becca 'Lil' Skip' Skolnick: I am looking forward to being able to contribute to and experience the love and joy that bonds the greater Camp Kesem community.

Corey 'Bubbles' Alban: I am looking forward to seeing kids enjoy camp and seeing all our hard work come to life!

Greta 'Rooster' Leissa: This is the beginning of Denison's Camp Kesem Chapter. It is so exciting thinking about all the good we can do now and to come in the years in the future. We are all so excited to see all of our hard work pay off when we get to camp!!

Sydney 'Kid' Nyquist: I am looking forward to meeting all of the new campers and their families! I think that it will be a great year and I am very excited to get to know everyone.

Madeleine 'Flying Fish' Murphy: I am looking forward to camp this year because it will be my first camp as a counselor/volunteer. I was a kesem camper and I am so excited to be able to give more kids kesem. Also messy games!!!

Payton 'Sunny' Weltge: I am looking forward to getting to know my fellow coordinators and make the Denison Chapter of Camp Kesem an amazing one!

Clotilde 'Clover' Cirilano: I am looking forward to working with our coordinator team to make Denison's first Camp Kesem a success!

Emily 'Kiwi' Muckle : I am really looking forward helping establish our chapter as it is our first year! I am also so excited to see people become involved in our chapter and of course meeting the kiddos at camp the summer!

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 Denison University

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

Camp Kesem at Denison University

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

Camp Kesem at Denison 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 Denison 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

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

Abi Yates, Regional Program Director –
Abi Yates, Regional Program Director –

Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.