Camp Kesem at Grand Valley State University

Camp Kesem at Grand Valley State University

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Camp Kesem at Grand Valley State University
Camp Kesem at Grand Valley State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/21/2020 - 6/26/2020

9505 W Ludington Dr, Lake, MI 48632

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 March 21st 2020

English Hills Country Club

1200 4 Mile Road Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Colton 'Coaster' Tinsley: It has to be when my Kesem story started when Mickey and Lulu interviewed me and blessed with the opportunity to be an AMP Coord last year. The impact that that decision and that opportunity has had on my life is one I cannot put into enough words.

Emma 'Cookie Dough' VanBoven: I don't have a specific favorite Kesem memory as I always love every second of Kesem I have, but recently my favorite memories to look back on are of the times I got to be a Camp Advisor for Boston University and Rowan University this past summer!

Meghan 'Spaghetti ' McCord: Messy games and lighting the lanterns on the lake

Sarah 'Skittles' Miller: I'm looking forward to another year of Kesem and working with AMP to get chapter info out to new and returning camper families, alumni, future student leaders, and the community.

Charlotte 'Lottie' Brereton: My favorite Kesem memory would be Messy Games after Empowerment. It lifted my spirits so much and I have never had that much fun. I also loved getting to go to camp alongside my sister, Lulu.

Hanna 'Dobby' Lawrence: My favorite memory is sharing Camp Memories every night at staff meetings. Being around counselors and sharing how wonderful their impact is.

Alyssa 'May' May: I am super excited to be a part of the Kesem family and to be a part of making camp possible.

Emily 'Scooby' VanKeuren: My favorite Kesem memory is from camp last year when it started raining and we took out the speaker, played music and we were all dancing in the rain.

Madison 'Swift' Henson: I am looking forward to Make the Magic. Last year, since I joined Kesem second semester, Make the Magic was the first big event I got to experience. It was so emotional and inspiring; to me, it was a turning point in my involvement with Kesem.

Breanna 'Bumblebee' Kooienga: My favorite Kesem memory is the Empowerment ceremony. I love seeing the transformation of Kesem from being just a camp to becoming a lifelong family that supports and loves all the campers and counselors .

Hannah 'Minnie' Parent: having an amazing, funny group of little girls my first year of Kesem

Erin 'Mango ' Mangan : I am looking forward to learning all about Kesem, and finding ways as part of Outreach to help campers and families. I am excited to meet new and existing campers, as well as getting to know the other board members!

Adrian 'Sauce' Carrasco: I'm looking forward working with kids and being a support system and making sure that they feel as if Kesem is part of their family.

Owen 'Bones' Dejong: I am looking forward to camp and make the magic this year!

Emma 'Scrappy' Fowler: This year I am looking forward to grow the bonds of our Kesem chapter even more than we did last year. I am excited to be more involved and learn and grow from this experience.

Jenna 'Mazzy' Mazurek: This is my first year in Kesem so I'm very excited to get to know more about what it's like to be on COORD while also making new friends!

Jenna 'Mazzy' Mazurek: I'm looking forward to getting to know more about what kesem is about!! And to go to camp too if I get picked to be a couselor

Bekah 'Puck' Wirth: My favorite Kesem memory is when everyone that volunteered at Make the Magic went bowling afterwards . It was so fun to get to know the amazing people that are a part of Kesem on a personal level.

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 Grand Valley State University

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

Camp Kesem at Grand Valley State University

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

Camp Kesem at Grand Valley 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 Grand Valley 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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director –

Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to Chicago, Illinois.

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.