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Saturday, February 22nd 2020
Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN
Samantha 'Boots' Praeger: This year I am looking forward to taking my involvement with Camp Kesem to a new level in the director position. I cannot wait to work my hardest to give as many kids the chance to experience the CK magic!
Peyton 'Grammy' Jeffers: I am looking forward to growing further with Kesem in my new role, and I couldn't be more excited to spread the CK magic to anyone that will listen! I am prepared to have CKIU's best year yet and serve our campers in the greatest way possible!
Hannah 'Africa' Witting: My favorite Kesem memory so far was performing in the Kesem talent show my first year of camp. Two other counselors and I remixed 'Party Rock Anthem' to 'Kesem Rock Anthem', and watching the campers laugh at us as we performed was super fun!
Abby 'Wilbur' Ericson: My favorite Kesem memory was during the final closing circle during my first year as a counselor. Although I shed a few tears, I was so grateful for the new friends I had made and, I was already so excited to come back.
Nathan 'Champ' Sapal: Looking forward to going back to camp and seeing how much my campers have grown in a year.
Anna 'Chedda' Small: My favorite Kesem memory was during one of the surprises we help for our campers during camp this summer. We had bouncy houses, Kona Ice, and music. The whole time I spent with my campers and counselors dancing, getting a sugar rush, and singing.
Olivia 'Sunflower' Shafer: My favorite Kesem memory is having a spontaneous dance party in our cabin with giant balloons and jamming out to their favorite songs!
Chrissy 'Criss Cross' Boehmer: My favorite Kesem memory is watching my campers grow confidence over the week both in being able to share their stories and in being able to truly be themselves without fearing judgement from others.
Meghan 'Freckles' Russell: My favorite Kesem memory is when one of my campers in Purple Unit told me that she had the best week of her life (so far) at our luminaries ceremony! It made all of the work to get to camp totally worth it.
Taylor 'Snap' Mohn: My favorite memory from this last summer was the empowerment ceremony. I had a camper who has been attending camp for years share for the first time ever and it was just a really powerful moment.
Haeli 'Sprinkles' Juthani: My favorite Kesem memory was the late night cabin chats and the final night's cabin chat rave. The campers had so much fun and all grew tremendously throughout the week. By the end, they left empowered and were all connected from their experiences.
Hannah 'Nana' Ramsdell: My favorite Kesem memory is our Empowerment Day. I love seeing our camper's strength shine through as they reflect on their Kesem experience. But even more so, I love to watch the magic that unfolds throughout the day while we support each other!
Ethan 'Gingy' Eldridge: My favorite Kesem memory was my first Day of Empowerment ceremony. Having had a personal experience with cancer in my family, I can't begin to describe how extraordinary it was to listen to my campers' stories and to share my own with them.
Sophia 'Froggy' Yates: My favorite part about Camp Kesem is seeing so many people come together to laugh, to smile, to cry, and to love one another. It is truly the most magical thing I have ever been apart of.
Justin 'Monty' Olson: My favorite Kesem memory has to be closing circle. Not a day goes by where I don't wish I could end my day singing Lean On Me with my arms around my best friends, watching the closing circle magic come to life.
Journey 'Juju' Evans: My favorite Kesem memory would be the talent show last summer. I sang with one of my campers who was too nervous to do it alone. This was the first time I realized that we as counselors provide any and all support for our campers. Best moment ever.
Katherine 'Waldo' Homer: My favorite Kesem memory was during the empowerment ceremony this past summer and seeing how much my campers support and love each other. These campers are so strong and teach you more for you than you could ever teach them.
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.
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.