Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

August “Swish” Barlow: ​My name is August Barlow, camp name ‘Swish’. I am a premed student dedicated to the happiness and success of others. My goal is to a pediatric Doctor. I am current the Co-Director of Camp Kesem are Dixie State University, and I am so excited for the future of Camp Kesem here at Dixie!

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Sage “Lil’ Llama” Hafen: Sage Hafen here! AKA Lil’ Llama. I was born and raised in St. George, Utah and am now attending DSU. I love tacos, carbs, the outdoors, and my dog. I had the opportunity to live in Peru for 18 months as a missionary for the LDS Church. I was introduced to Camp Kesem by my mom, who is on the advisory board for SUU’s chapter. I loved her Kesem stories so much that I had to start a chapter here at DSU. Now I am a co-director for DSU’s chapter and am excited to help the cancer community in our area!

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Josie “Jellybean” White: Hey everyone! I’m Josie, otherwise known as Jellybean. I’m 19 years old and from the small town of Delta, Utah. I absolutely love to travel! The beach and the city are my favorite places to be. I’m a sophomore at Dixie State majoring in biology and am hoping to attend medical school after graduating. I’m so excited to be a part of Camp Kesem this year and all of the amazing things that go with it.​

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Maire “Duck” McDonough: Hi! My name is Maire Mcdonough. I am from Tooele, Utah and enjoy the outdoors. I love to take pictures and go explore the beautiful world around me. I love the opportunity I have to promote such a wonderful camp!

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Kelsey “Half Pint” Barnes is originally from a small town near Lake Powell, UT called Churchwells. She has her associates in science and is currently in the Respiratory Therapy program at DSU. She is the older sister of six younger siblings and enjoys spending time with her family. Kelsey loves to paint watercolors and acrylics. Never has she ever seen fireflies, but it’s on her bucket-list. Kelsey finds joy from making a difference in people’s lives and is happy to be a part of The Camp Kesem team.​

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Miriam “Team Moonwata” Kirk: Hello My Name Is Miriam Kirk (AKA) Team Moonwata. I Was Born In Long Beach, California but Raised In Washington In A town Vancouver! I Am A Traveler And Love Experiencing New Places,People And Everything In Between. I am Currently Majoring In Biology,Minoring In Psychology. It Has Been My Passion To Become An Outstanding Role Model For The Future Generations And I Hope I Will Be Able To Reflect That During This Camp. I Am So Very Pleased To Be Apart Of Camp Kesem And Can’t Wait For This Journey.

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Brock “Nacho” Doman: Hello! My name is Brock Doman, and I’m a junior at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. I have been married for almost two years, and I love spending time with my family. I aspire to become a Physical Therapist after finishing school. I enjoy playing, watching, and being involved with sporting events! I also enjoy wakeboarding, boating, and going to the beach! I am looking forward to Camp Kesem because of all of the strong individuals I’ll be around, and the experiences that will happen.

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Brooke “S’moores” Moore: Hey everyone! My name is Brooke and my camp name is S’moores. I am a pre-nursing student with the hopes of becoming a labor and delivery nurse. I married my best friend May of 2018 and couldn’t be happier. I have attended Camp Kesem once as a councilor and am so excited to be a part of this new chapter with Dixie State. I Kesem for all the the amazing kids that teach me so many things and show me more love than I have ever felt in just a weeks time.

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Mariah “Jib” Richins: Hi, I am Mariah! Jib is my camp name and snowboarding is my game. I am from the base of the Rocky Mountains and I don’t think anything can beat a good powder day with friends. I also enjoy, hiking, rock climbing, and playing in the water. I am a senior at Dixie State University and am hoping to attend medical school next fall. I will be serving as a camp outreach coordinator this year and am excited to meet all of you and have a great camp!​

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Ashton “Chipper” Berrett: Name’s Chipper and I probably talk too much but that’s OK! I love to snowboard just about anything as long as I have friends to go with me. I also love to see people smile and to be able to help others. I am currently a senior in college and hoping to apply to medical school at the end of the year. Also I’m cooler than Jib.

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
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Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Hunter “Forest” Chamberlain: My name is Hunter Chamberlain. I am 23-years-old. I was born in St. George, UT. I am currently studying at DSU, majoring in accounting. After school I plan on working towards becoming a CPA. I run cross country for DSU and love it so much that my camp name just had to be “Forest”. Apart from running, I really enjoy playing the guitar and drums. Oh yeah… and Mexican food is my favorite. Go tacos!​

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Malik “Travis Scott” Animashaun: Hi, my name is Malik and I’m from Nigeria. I got to the U.S last year and I’m currently a junior at DSU. I love laughing, making friends, and trying new things. The U.S has really been a great change in my life and i have loved it. I am always happy to help in any situation. Some of my hobbies include talking, hanging out with friends, and playing sports. I’m really looking forward to working with the kids at Camp Kesem.

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

Alex “Samurai” Hatanaka: My name is Alex Hatanaka (Samurai). I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have lived in Utah for most of my life. I moved to Southern Utah when I was about five and have been here since. My dream is to one day become a doctor. The reason I want to become a doctor is because I was diagnosed with kidney failure when I was 14 years old. I want to be an inspiration to youth that even though hard times come you can rise up and overcome them and become better.

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University
Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

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 Dixie State University

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

Camp Kesem at Dixie State University

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

Camp Kesem at Dixie State 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 Dixie State 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

Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org
Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org

Brittani joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Brittani loved volunteering as a part of Camp Kesem where she was able to apply concepts she had studied in the classroom and make an impact in the community. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is from Lakeport, California and currently resides in Orem, Utah.

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.

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Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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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.

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Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

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Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.

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