Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University

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Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/21/2020

24959 Pen Mar Rd, Highfield-Cascade, MD 21719

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, April 25th 2020

Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Christy 'Salsa' Lopez: My favorite Kesem memory is cabin chat! I love hearing how incredible the campers are and getting to know them so well.

Christina 'Sprinkles' Boatwright: My favorite CK memory is always the campfire on the first night of camp and listening to how excited all of the kids are to be there!

Kevin 'Flash' Chang: When we had a mandatory counselor no-hands lunch! I also love the chicken nuggets they serve at the dining hall!

Jeffrey 'Matcha' Ding: Just hanging out with the kids in the cabin!

Elaine '' Chiao: Talent show!

Megha 'Bumblebee' Andrews: My favorite part is seeing all the kids grow year-to-year and throughout the week. I love seeing them break out of their shells.

Julian 'Oranges' Najera: My favorite Kesem memory is being able watch all the kids show off their talent and skill in the talent. The amount of support everyone has for one another is truly amazing.

Sarah 'Boogadi' Baghdadi: I cannot wait for another INCREDIBLE week of camp in the summer and seeing all of the campers!

Archita 'Artichoke' Goyal: One of my favorite Kesem memories is when Blue Unit decided to have an impromptu water fight outside- it was so much fun and a great bonding moment for our whole unit!

Noah 'Lobster' Sobel: My favorite Kesem memory is singing camp songs and having s'mores around the camp fire.

Gabriel 'Keyzzz' Yuen: My favorite Kesem memory was night swim from my first year at camp right after the talent show because all of the counselors were just as excited for it as the campers.

Sarah '' Rhim: My favorite Kesem memory is dancing to the Scarn from the Office with the campers and counselors in my cabin for the talent show.

Clara 'Violet' Leverenz: My favorite Kesem memory is teaching one of my green unit girls how to swim!

Katelyn 'Java' Macholl: My favorite Kesem memory has to be from my first year as a counselor. We wanted a fort in our cabin for the night. This lead to everybody sacrificing extra blankets and sleeping bags, only to realize that we had nothing left to actually sleep with.

Lydia 'Pepper' Wang: This past summer was my first year at camp, and while the entire week was unforgettable, my favorite part was being able to watch the kids open up and encourage each other to be their best, most carefree selves. Camp self, best self!

Deepa 'Taco Belle' Ravindra: My favorite memory from Kesem is the tap circle- it makes everyone feel so special and gives you the chance to show your appreciation for everyone around you! :)

Emma 'Pickles' Elias: My favorite Kesem memory this past year was doing a dance in the talent show with one of my campers!

Harold 'Lightning' Treminio: The night of our talent show! It was all over the place. I ended up singing "Señorita" with another counselor, took a break to rush and fix a clogged toilet, then returned to helplessly dance the "Hoedown Throwdown" with campers and counselors.

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 Johns Hopkins University

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 Snelling, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.