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Cora 'Orca' Stallcup: My favorite Camp Kesem memory from last year was Cabin Chats with the TLP group because all counselors and campers were very open and supportive of each other. In these Cabin Chats the true values of Kesem were displayed embodied.
Ashley '' Hessler: I am looking forward to planning a welcoming, inclusive, and fun camp for all of our campers and to make a difference in the lives of others.
Nicole '' Allen: I look forward to connecting to different children and to provide a welcoming/exciting environment for them!
Jayda '' Bagstad: I am looking forward to meeting all the campers and have a great time learning from each and every one of them.
Gabrielle 'Smalls' Cook: I'm looking forward to meeting a bunch of wonderful people who are as excited about giving back to the community as I am!
Paige '' Condie: I am really looking forward to meet the kids and connecting with them through camp.
Shawn 'Conejo' Young: My favorite Kesem memory is the celebration that we had after empowerment last year. Two younger campers came up to me while I was sulking and cheered me up by blowing bubbles and goofing around. It just shows how strong these kids are.
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.
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.