Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: June 30 – July 6, 2019
Week 2: August 11-17, 2019

Week 2: August 11-17, 2019

Mystic Lake YMCA Camp

9505 W Ludington Dr

Lake, MI 48632

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

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Winter Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 14, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 30, 2019 at 5:30pm

Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium

535 Chestnut Road

East Lansing, MI 48824

Tickets Available Soon

Meet the Team

Jack “Apollo” Spehn: This is my third year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that my car’s name is crouton. My favorite camp memory was going on the orange unit/ CIT campout!

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Olivia “Doodle” Hiltz: This is my third year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I have a pet rabbit named Merlin! My favorite memory from camp was the post-empowerment dance party!!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Emily “Tot” Bono: This is my third year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that my favorite type of tater tots are asian zing tater tots from my favorite restaurant at home! My favorite camp memory would have to be having a dance party/ fashion show with the yellow, red, and white unit girls!!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Sydney “Socks” Alexander: This is my second year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I went zip lining in Croatia! My favorite camp memory was making friendship bracelets with the orange unit girls!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Jake “Wolf” Stehlik: This is my third year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I got to meet Aaron Rodgers while I was in New Orleans this summer. My favorite camp memory from this past summer was messy olympics!

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Dominik “Heisenberg” Mackowski: This is my 3rd year in Kesem and my second year on coord board. A fun fact about me is that I can eat 6 saltines in under 60 seconds. My favorite memory from Camp this past summer was trying to get the bat out of wolf lair.

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Rachel “Velvet” Houtteman: This is my fourth year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I used to cater cupcakes at local graduation parties, baby and wedding showers, and parties! I also have a cooking and baking blog! My favorite camp memory was having my cousin Dash in my unit this year!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Andrew “Grinch” Keller: This is my second year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I won a high school beauty pageant! My favorite camp memory was watching all the AMAZING talent show acts!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Bryce “Creed” Houser: This is my second year in Kesem and a fun fact about myself is that I am going to Africa this winter break as a part of the global brigades through MSU! My favorite camp memory was being thrown into the lake!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Riley “Keys” Board : This is my third year in Kesem and something people may not know about me is that I’m double jointed! My favorite camp memory was being a model in the newspaper/ toilet paper fashion show this summer!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Carrie “Crush” Wielfaert: This is my second year in Kesem. A fun fact about me is I have religiously worn the same teenage mutant ninja turtle backpack for the past 6 years!! My favorite camp memory is having a dance party with red and yellow units during lunch!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Rachel “Ariel” Allen: This is my third year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I went skydiving in Australia two summers ago! My favorite camp memory is color wars with the orange unit girls!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Hannah “Red” Boomer: This is my third year in Kesem and something people might not know about me is that I can say the alphabet backwards! My favorite camp memory is also color wars with blue unit!!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
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Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Adam “Striker” Sochacki: This is my 3rd year in Kesem! One fun fact about me is I got my camp name for my love of baseball, which I followed closely since I was a kid. My favorite camp memory is when my unit, purple unit, was up against the strength of the oldest unit, orange, in tug of war. With the strength of our unit as a team, we beat the odds and won amazingly.

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Owen “Iron Man” Mitchell: This is my third year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I work in a research lab on campus as well as a button factory. My favorite camp memory was eating a BIG spoon of baby food!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Grace “Eggo” Deerwester: This is my second year in Kesem and a fun fact about me is that I was in a movie this past summer! My favorite memory from camp was being turned into a counselor sundae at messy olympics!

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan 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 Michigan State University

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

Camp Kesem at Michigan 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 Michigan 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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org

Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to 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.

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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.

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University