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

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/26/2020 - 7/31/2020

2393 Camp Hardtner Rd., Pollock, LA 71467

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, March 7th 2020

LSU Student Union, Baton Rouge, LA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Peyton 'Tiger Stripes' Simons: My favorite Kesem memory is canoeing, fishing, and hiking with some campers this past summer. I am looking forward to another successful year at LSU's chapter of Camp Kesem and can't wait to meet our campers in the summer of 2020.

Julia 'CheeWee' StPierre: I look most forward to helping improve my chapter's DEI!

Kayla 'Cream Cheese' Adams: My favorite Kesem memory so far is just being apart of CKLSU’s first year of camp. I made so many new friends and memories that I will never forget!

Elise 'Bam Bam' Broussard: This is year I'm looking forward to helping our chapter become more well known and spreading the word about what Kesem does. I have found my Kesem family and I can't wait to help expand it!

Haley 'Gansa' Mundle: One of our campers was really homesick, and he didn't want to pick a camp name. On the third day of camp, he started thinking about camp names, and then at dinner he announced his name to everyone through a game of hangman while everyone cheered.

Tristan 'Mickey' Smith: My favorite Kesem memory was handing out camper awards to our first year campers when their parents had arrived. The parents were flabbergasted about all of our quirky camper awards that our campers received. The campers were so excited to get them.

Scotty 'Astro' Smith: I can’t wait to see how our first Make the Magic event turns out, and I am also so excited to meet the campers and see everyone together putting on a life changing experience for them!

Abby 'Freckles' Larzelere: My favorite Kesem memory is meeting all of the new campers on our very first day of camp that our chapter has ever held! It was such an exciting day, and I can't wait to meet even more campers this summer!

Tyler 'Honcho' Reynolds: Scavenger Hunt and Cabin Chats

Sarah 'Sriracha' Pham: My favorite Kesem memory was when I was talking to the campers and hearing how excited they got for camp when they received their Warm Welcomes. I was outreach coordinator, so I was happy to hear that they actually appreciated our gifts.

Lauryn 'Fugee' Honore: I am looking forward to my second year with Camp Kesem! Last year was our first year as an organization and it was a huge success. I am so excited to begin our second year as a chapter with new ideas to bring to the table

Alexandra 'Moose' Shiell: My favorite camp memory was getting to know the campers at cabin chat!

Andrew 'Chief' Mercante: Im excited to watch the LITs grow as leaders and role models to the younger campers

Mason 'Mercury' Guillot: My favorite Kesem memory was being able to finally experience what camp was like for the first time last summer. Getting to meet so many inspiring kids and being able to watch them have fun while experiencing Kesem magic was truly amazing!

Mariana 'Spice' Russo: I'm looking forward to meeting all the kids when we get to actual camp! The more planning we do, the more I get excited for it all to happen!

Bailey 'Scout' Stovall: I can't wait to see how our chapter grows this year and how many more families we will be able to invite into the Kesem family!

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 Louisiana State University

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, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.