Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 18-23, 2019

Camp Louise

24959 Pen Mar Road

Cascade, MD 21719

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 1, 2018

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Winter Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Spring Friends + Family Day

May 4, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Lord Baltimore Hotel

20 West Baltimore St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

Tickets Available Soon

Meet the Team

Christy “Salsa” Lopez: Meet Salsa, one of CK JHU’s directors! She is currently a junior studying public health with a music minor. She loves running, playing the piano, and spending time with her Kesem friends. When she isn’t busy with school, she enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants! She can’t wait for the upcoming year with the JHU Kesem family : )

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Daniel “Guac” Parra: This is Guac, a senior Neuroscience major and Latin American Studies minor! Guac enjoys biking, running, gardening, and trying new foods with his Kesem friends. He Kesem’s because of the unexpected family and community he has found in the organization. Both amongst fellow counselor and campers he feels that genuine care and support is show all year long in the CK-JHU and he is excited to continue this creating this magic for years to come!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Archita “Artichoke” Goyal: This is Artichoke, one of CK-JHU’s new AMP coordinators! She’s a sophomore public health studies major, who loves hiking, playing classical guitar, and binge watching The Office. She absolutely loves Kesem because of the amazing kids and is so excited for this year!

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Sam “Siren” Dominguez: Meet Siren! She is a junior majoring in Medicine, Science and the Humanities. She sings in an all girls acapella group (hence the name), and loves a good sci-fi novel. She loved her first year at camp last year and can’t wait to for next summer!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Elaine “Koala” Chiao: This is Koala, one of CK-JHU’s development coordinators! She is a junior majoring in molecular and cellular biology, and this summer will be her third year at camp. In her free time, she loves to catch up on sleep and explore different dessert shops around Baltimore. Having had a great time at camp these past two years, she can’t wait to plan and help make the magic happen again for all of our wonderful campers!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Sarah “Maple” Rihm: This is Maple, one of CK-JHU’s Development Coordinators! She is a junior Molecular and Cellular Biology major who’s excited for her 3rd year at Camp Kesem. Her favorite hobbies are to kayak and play board games in her free time. She can’t wait until summer to see all the campers again!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Julian “Oranges” Najera: Meet Oranges! He’s a sophomore chemical and biomolecular engineering major who like to play guitar and watch cheesy Netflix originals when he’s not trying to cram for exams. Last year was his first year as a camp counselor and is now more excited than ever to see all the talented kids perform at the Kesem talent show this coming summer.

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Sarah “Boogadi” Baghdadi: This is Boogadi, one of CK-JHU’s Make the Magic coordinators! She is a Neuroscience and French major who appreciates good food and time spent with friends. She is so excited for Kesem this year and cannot wait to see all the campers and have an incredible time!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Declan “Wingz” Aroh: Declan, aka Wingz, is a current pre-med Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. He’s been a part of CK JHU since his freshman year and is entering his 3rd year! He likes late night bike rides through the city and enjoys reading manga. He Kesems because he loves seeing his campers having fun, overcoming challenges, and making new friends.

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Gabriel “Keyzzz” Yuen is a sophomore Biophysics/Mol Cell major from Denver, CO. This will be his second year at Camp Kesem! His two favorite things are music and sleep (hence the name). He loves Camp Kesem because of all the crazy ways the kids make him laugh the entire week!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Emily “BonBon” Bontrager: This is BonBon, one of the new operations coordinators this year! She’s a junior neuroscience major with a passion for camps songs. You can find her watching/playing soccer or going for a run. She fell in love with Kesem last year and can’t wait to do it all again!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Nicole “Mushu” Pagane: Meet Mushu, one of the Outreach Coordinators for CKJHU this year! She’s a senior biophysics major, who had a blast at her second camp this summer. When she isn’t gushing about how much she loves Camp Kesem, catch her nerding out over fantasy fiction (cough cough Brandon Sanderson) and space! At camp, she loves watching everyone get super messy at our paint and food wars, and getting everyone hype about Subarus!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Emma “Pickles” Elias: This is Pickles! She’s one of CK-JHU’s new outreach coordinators. Pickles is a sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Sociology, and outside of schoolwork she loves volunteering at the animal shelter, playing violin, and working out. She can’t wait for her second year at camp next summer!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
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Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Megha “Bumblebee” Andrews is a junior Behavioral Biology major from South Jersey. She enjoys watching Netflix, trying new restaurants in Baltimore, and exploring new places in the city with her friends. Last year was her first year at camp and she loved it because the campers and counselors are all so much fun! She can’t wait to do it again!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Kevin “Flash” Chang: Meet Flash, one of the Volunteer Coordinators for CKJHU! He is a junior Medicine, Science, & the Humanities major from Long Island, NY. This year will be his third year at camp, and he is so excited to make this year better than the last. When he isn’t watching his favorite TV show, The Flash, he loves to travel and go to concerts!

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Katelyn “Java” Macholl: Meet Java! As one of the new volunteer coordinators, she can’t wait to return for her second year of camp. Java is a sophomore biology and psychology double major. When she’s not studying, she loves hanging out with kids! Doing everything from making crafts, to pretending to ride a surfboard in the pool, Java is so excited to work with the #CKfam once again.

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

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:

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

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

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

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins 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 Johns Hopkins 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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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.

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Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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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.

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Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

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Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.

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