Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Julia “CheeWee” St. Pierre is a sophomore from Mandeville, Louisiana, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in both Sociology and Biology. She is so excited to help lead LSU through the magic of Kesem with her partner in Directing, Java! Although not entirely talentless, if she could have any talent, it would be to yodel, and she is most excited for this summer’s s’mores and other yummy camp snacks!

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Joe “Java” DeCorte is a senior from New Orleans, Louisiana. Jave is a long-time juggler who can’t wait to teach different tricks to his Kesem campers. He heard about Kesem from a friend and is overjoyed to be able to give Louisiana a warm Kesem welcome. Java also has a passion for New Orleans’s distinctive food, music, and its coffee.

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Isabella “Space Cadet” Biondini is a sophomore from Covington, Louisiana, majoring in Journalism and minoring in International Studies. She is both a music festival and peanut butter addict. She is super excited to meet new people and make some good memories.

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Emily “Minnie” Millet is a sophomore from Gonzales, Louisiana, majoring in Mass Communication and minoring in both Business Administration and Visual Communication. She loves all things Disney, drinking coffee, and playing with her dog JoJo. Minnie is looking forward to meeting all of the campers and making memories!

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Haley “Gansa” Mundle is a junior from Mandeville, Louisiana, majoring in Biology with a minor in Business. She is most excited to meet all of the future campers!

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Peyton “Tiger Stripes” Simons is a junior from Shreveport, Louisiana, majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Spanish. He hopes to go to medical school one day, but in his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, watching Netflix, and hanging with friends. He is super pumped to meet all the campers and hopes to leave in an impact on many people’s lives. ​

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Leila “Lotus” Olson is a senior originally from England, but has lived in Baton Rouge for the past 11 years, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. She loves to travel, explore new places, and drink coffee. She is super excited to experience the magic of Kesem and meet lots of incredible people!

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Alexandra “Moose” Shiell is a junior who was born in Canada but moved to New Orleans 11 years ago. She is majoring in Biology and French. She enjoys baking, painting, and watching musicals. She very eager to set up camp so that the campers to have a great experience and make lasting memories.

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Lauryn “Fugee” Honore is a sophomore from Baton Rouge, LA with her major being Psychology, Pre-Med and minors in French and Biology. She is a lover of Twizzlers, chai lattes, and everything 90s! Fugee is insanely eager to meet all the campers who she knows she will make long lasting memories and relationships with!

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Sarah “Sriracha” Pham is a junior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, majoring in Biology with a minor in Human Nutrition. Sarah likes to play with her 3 dogs and attempt to train her 2 goldfish in her free time. She is super excited to make memories with all the new friends she’ll make at camp!

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
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Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Mason “Mercury” Guillot is a sophomore from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, majoring in Mathematics (Actuarial Science). He loves to watch football, listen to classic rock, and host live trivia. He looks forward to meet future campers and to spread excitement for Camp Kesem!​

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Amanda “Riceball” Le is a senior in Biology from Lafayette, LA. She likes to keep her food instagram updated with the best meals Louisiana has to offer. Riceball can’t wait to play games and meet new friends at camp!​

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University

Eva “Gingee” Mace is a junior from New Orleans, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. In her free time she likes to watch dog videos and eat good brunch. She is excited for all the games at camp because she has lots of competitive bones in her body!

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State University
Camp Kesem at Louisiana State 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 Louisiana State University

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

Camp Kesem at Louisiana State 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 Louisiana State 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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

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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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