Camp Kesem at James Madison University

Camp Kesem at James Madison University

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Camp Kesem at James Madison University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/25/2020 - 7/30/2020

Brethren Woods

4896 Armentrout Path

Keezletown, VA 22832

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


The Barn at Walnut Grove  

12426 Rockingham Pike, Elkton, VA 22827

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Abby 'Siesta' Smith : My favorite Kesem memory was my second year as a camper. I was too scared the year before to participate in messy games but the second year I came prepared. I got to let go and be a messy kid and it made me feel so free and happy.

Lena 'Bubbles' Harmata: My favorite Kesem Memory is looking around at the kiddos during the surprise dance party after our empowerment ceremony. The pure joy, sense of belonging, and sparkle that shined through their hearts was indescribable. It was truly magic.

Caileigh 'Plank' Pattisall: My favorite Kesem memory is doing arts and crafts with all the kiddos and seeing their creative process. They're all so unique and are so proud of what they've made when it's finished.

Reagan 'Thrifty' Mickey: I am looking forward to being a part of something that is so much bigger than me. Camp Kesem gives me the opportunity to use what I am learning in school to serve others. I am proud to be on the Kesem team working towards the goal to help these kids.

Tucker 'Thor' Stuntz: I am looking forward to making a positive and lasting impact on campers lives. I want to help spread the brand and values that Camp Kesem presents and increase Kesem's national influence.

Keenan "Pickles" McNamara: I kesem for the awesome relationships I get to make with all the amazing people and children involved in this organization!

Olivia 'Breezy' Huffman: My favorite Kesem memory was my first ever messy games! There was not one person without paint in their hair or a smile on their face!

Salma 'Crop' Ledezma: my last cabin chat where my oldest camper, Skipper, gave out the information that she has never had the courage to go out on the dance floor for her school dances in all her years at school but she did for the first time ever at the first dance party

Daniel 'Kettle' Kipp: This year at Kesem I am looking forward to helping plan the camp for all of our new and returning campers!

Erica 'Dixie' Butler: My favorite Kesem tradition is ending each day with the closing circle song of "Lean on Me"

Grant 'Awesome' Schowalter: Telling my campers a bedtime story that they loved so much none of them actually went to sleep.

Maddie 'Bean' Cooper: My favorite Kesem memory has been watching the kids open up and bond with each other throughout the week and become their best camp selves!

Chris 'Kronk' Damerel: I'm most looking forward to seeing how much our Kesem family is going to grow this year.

Ben 'Bouncy' Uehlinger: My favorite memory with Camp Kesem was being able to come for visitors day in the Summer of 2019. I look forward to contributing to this organization within a leadership role.

Reece 'Pieces' Benzel: Playing GaGa ball with one of our youngest campers and watching her build up the confidence from wanting me in their with her to being able to play on her own! She was so excited to be able to play on her own, and even won a few games!

Samantha 'Sandy' Lazarus: My favorite memory from Kesem is having dance parties with the kiddos in my cabin every morning. It was a wonderful way to start every camp day!

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 James Madison University

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

Camp Kesem at James Madison University

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

Camp Kesem at James Madison 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 James Madison 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

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director –
Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director –

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.

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.