Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

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Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/28/2020 - 7/3/2020

YMCA Camp Round Meadow

41011 Jenks Lake Rd W

Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

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


Betty Reckas Cultural Center

5761 E Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA 90814

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Denise 'Laa-Laa' Pham: Hi hello hey! My name is Laa-Laa and I am a 4th year Kinesiology major. Kesem has brought so much joy into my life this past year and I am beyond excited to bring our campers another year of Messy Games, do as I do diddleys, and Kesem magic!

Antoniette Aubrey 'Fuji' Jabat: My favorite Kesem memory is when our chapter had our first ever messy games. Messy games is such an integral part of Kesem and my first experience with it was just everything I expected and more.

Elizabeth 'Pumpkin ' Baumann : After being a counselor at our first ever camp held by Long Beach State, I am so humbled to be apart of Kesem and I am extremely excited to get more involved this year! I can’t wait to make memories and share new experiences with everyone !

Nicky 'Target' Le: I can't wait to be in the Kesem spirit and become closer to my Kesem family and get to know everyone better. I’m so excited for all the events this upcoming year and am thrilled to go to camp!

Jodie 'Koi' Pontino: This year I am looking forward to experiencing that Kesem Magic everyone has talked about. I look forward to making someone's day better and helping make camp possible for others.

Isabella 'Willow ' Carbonara : My favorite Kesem memory was participating in Messy Olympics .I loved being able to bond with the campers over water balloons and shaving cream. Everyone had such a fun time, and it is an experience I will never forget!

Teresa 'Pinecone' Zhong: My favorite Kesem memory was at the end of camp when campers told me that they didn't want to leave and that they can't wait for next summer! I think what made it even better was when parents saw how one week has made such an impact on their kids.

Isabelle 'Peanut' David: I'm looking forward to planning Long Beach State's first ever Make the Magic and spreading the Kesem magic in our local area. For our first Make the Magic, I hope to make it a memorable experience for all of our guests and coordinators.

Maxwell 'Spruce' La Forest: What’s up everyone my name is Spruce. This is my second year at camp as an operations coordinator at LB State. I’m so excited to see what this year holds and can’t wait for camp to come around to sing my favorite song, “P-A-R-T-Y” during meal time.

May 'pearl' Khalil: I want to help Camp Kesem create an amazing and inspiring experiences for kids who are going through a lot of hardship. I hope that camp can be a special and safe space for anyone who has experienced pain and I am so excited to host camp this year.

Birgitta 'Poppy' Fields: I'm very excited to bring the Kesem magic to more families in the Long Beach Community! I'm so honored to support and such inspiring and strong people. The Kesem magic is real and I can't wait to bring it to life again.

Brittany 'Sunflower' Cheung: My favorite Kesem memory has to be the campfire nights at camp. I felt more a part of the Kesem magic when we sang songs, played games, ate s'mores, and talked amongst each other around the campfire.  I can't wait to spread more Kesem magic.

Zoe 'Tinkerbell' Marley: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing my brother open up and share during Empowerment. Everyone was so supportive and caring, it made us feel at home.

Alexis 'Coconut' Truong: This year, I'm looking forward to seeing returning campers who were there for all of Long Beach States' "firsts". Together, we had our first messy olympics, our first camp fire, our first river hike, and I'm excited to grow and make more "firsts"!

Chloe 'Meeko' Olvera: My first year of Kesem was amazing. My favorite memory from this past summer was watching my campers at the talent show. Their talents ranged from blowing up balloons to stretching slime. I can't wait to see what they are going to do next summer!

Dylan 'Happy' trama: My favorite memory was the first friends and family day that I got to participate in. I can tell that it was really hard for some kids to get out of their comfort zone. Eventually, they all had a blast and it was awesome to see a smile on their faces

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 Long Beach State

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

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

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

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

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 Long Beach State

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 Long Beach State was generously provided by Jessica Berman 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

Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director –
Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director –

Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.

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.