Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

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Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/26/2020 - 7/31/2020

6981 W. County Road 650 N, St. Paul, IN 47272

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 7th 2020

Kahn Room, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Cassandra 'Nugget' McPherron: This year I'm so excited to see how much we can grow as a chapter and to see how successful we can be in helping as many kiddos as possible

Chevy 'Pork Chop' Elliott: My favorite Kesem memory is my first ever Empowerment at our first ever camp. It was the moment that made all of the hard work worth it.

Jillian 'Starlight' Bontjes: My favorite Kesem memory was making bracelets with our campers and counselors, and spending a week with our wonderful Kesem family.

April Burns: I am looking forward to being someone that a child can lean on and look up to in a time  of weakness. I already know that Kesem can make some serious magic --now I just can't wait to start making my own Kesem memories.

Abbey 'Fern' Hemmen: My favorite Kesem memory is while we were tie-dying at camp. Some of the older kids who had been reluctant to participate got VERY involved with the activity. I just loved watching it.

Ellen 'Ellie Bellie' Rice: My favorite memory from camp is during cabin chat. Creating the bonds between us and the camps as well as watching them bond was magiCK.

Gabe Youngblood: I'm looking forward to seeing how many kids' we can give an opportunity at camp.

Jake 'Ghost' Funkhouser: My favorite Kesem memory is getting to meet all the new campers at the beginning of the week, and seeing how they warm up and blossom by the end of the week.

Madilyn 'Sunshine' Coomes: My favorite part of Kesem is getting to see the campers enjoy themselves and put aside their troubles at home to connect with others that are going through the same thing.

Bradley 'Hercules' Murphy: My favorite Kesem memory is making friendship bracelets during free time and talking to all the campers!

Maleah 'Peanut' Huser: I am looking forward to see all of our wonderful campers from last year, and hopefully some new faces as well! My favorite Kesem memory from last year is Messy Olympics, it was so much fun!

Grace 'Grasshopper' Nelson: My favorite part of camp is seeing the joy on the campers' faces. Their joy and the bonds I watch them make are worth all the hard work. This year I can't wait to get even more awesome campers!

Gwen 'Stripes' Mathis: I am looking forward to helping out as many children as I can!

Dylan 'Pickle' Hall: My favorite Kesem memory was climbing the alpine tower at Flat Rock. I and others climbed the tall tower and I overcame my fear of heights.

Ashley 'Alfredo' Lynch: I am looking forward to working with everyone and creating a fun camp.

Hayley 'Sunflower' Thompson: My favorite Kesem memory is going to camp last summer! I loved meeting all of our campers and spending time with the other counselors.

Austin 'Brother Bear' Allen: I think my favorite Kesem memory was this past summer after completing our first camp as a chapter!

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 Indiana State University

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

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

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

Camp Kesem at Indiana 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 Indiana 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 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.