Camp Kesem at Marquette University

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Camp Kesem at Marquette University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/21/2020 - 6/26/2020

W3985 Trails End Rd, Fredonia, WI 53021

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 4th 2020

Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 North Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Brian 'Cheddar' Kettering: My favorite Kesem memory was when my Yellow Unit Boys changed the words of a Camp Song to include each of their names and performed it in front of the entire CKMU chapter. Amazing to see the boys go outside their comfort zone and use their talents!

Alaina 'Sprinks ' Cardella : How can I pick just ONE favorite Kesem memory?! That is an impossible question. I once had a camper come up to me and say, "I made my first friend today!" and I replied, "First camp friend?" She responded, "No real friend, and it was you."

Annie 'Meatloaf' Ernst: I'm looking forward to seeing our Kesem family grow and to be able to spend another year sharing and spreading the Kesem magic!

Lucy 'Rapunzel' Raasch: One of my favorite memories from camp was learning how to make awesome friendship bracelets from my talented campers!

Ryan 'Alfredo' McNamara: On October 31st, 2019, our chapter hosted our first annual Crush Cancer Pumpkin Smash fundraiser. We picked the pumpkins by hand, transported them to campus, and raised tons of money for the kids! I would only do that for Kesem!

Nora 'Scrambles' Berens: When the yellow unit girls (ages 6-8) used their swim goggles at the bonfire to protect their eyes from the smoke while making s'mores-- it was hilarious and creative!

Shaili 'Sweet Pea' Patel: My favorite Kesem memories include messy wars, singing camp songs before each meal, and swimming in the agam. I look forward to seeing returning campers, meeting new campers, and making amazing memories again!

Katlin 'Winks' Coy: Seeing how much the kiddos have grown!

Gabby "Honey" Lawrence: My favorite Kesem memory is hands down when I overheard two of my sweet campers chatting on their bunkbeds before cabin chat. One camper had recently lost her dad, and the other said "I will share my dad with you!" That is the beauty of Kesem magic.

Jake 'Swish ' Schutter : My favorite Kesem memory is messy wars because it is really fun to let loose and get messy with all the kids!

Danny 'JellyShark' Smith: My favorite Kesem memory is giving out Paper Plate Awards to the campers. All their faces lit up with happiness and their parents got to see such a wonderful culmination of the fantastic week the campers enjoyed.

Claire "Skittles" Smith: My favorite Kesem memory every year is messy wars and letting the campers turn me into a human ice cream sundae.   I am always excited to spend the year planning the schedule and then getting to see it all come together at camp for the campers.

Halle 'Lil' Bug' Mercier: I am looking forward to planning the Friends and Family Days and being able to see the kids again soon!!

Katherine 'Flounder' Herrmann: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing Princess Sofia win the "Queen of Kesem" award during the paper plate award ceremony!

Matthew 'Doc' Kettering: My favorite Kesem memory is from my first year at camp, when we held signs and cheered on camper families as they drove into the campground. There was such excitement and energy, and I knew then that Camp Kesem was a special place.

George 'Bunny' Baldas: This past year at camp we split up empowerment by units. I was with the teens and it was one of the most powerful memories I've ever experienced at camp. Everyone was so open, honest, and brave it was so inspiring.

Kyle 'Bubs' McBrady: My favorite memory is making smores late at night while everybody is singing, dancing, and wishing the night would never end.

Jonathan 'Baloo' Kramer: I hate getting messy. I hate it. But seeing how much fun everyone was having during messy wars really brought me out of my shell. It was the first major turning point of camp for me!

Thea 'Gary Olaf' Mauck: My favorite Kesem memory is probably being chosen to host the annual "Bestest Mostest awards" during camp last year. It was amazing to get to know each of the kids by finding out little talents they each have.

Erin 'Dotes' Walsh: My favorite Kesem memory is always the campfires at the end of every day. Nothing finishes off a day at Kesem better than sitting around the fire eating s'mores and signing camp songs.

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 Marquette University

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

Camp Kesem at Marquette University

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

Camp Kesem at Marquette 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 Marquette 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 Marquette University was generously provided by the Robert W. and Susan T. Brown Family Foundation and Thom & Jane Brown.

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

Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director –
Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director –

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Her passion for Kesem began when she joined the founding team at Brown University, where she served as an Alumni, PR, Marketing coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and Chapter Co-Director her senior year. During this time, she also served as a Junior Camp Advisor and Camp Preparation Volunteer. Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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.