Camp Kesem at Mississippi State University

Camp Kesem at Mississippi State University

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Camp Kesem at Mississippi State University
Camp Kesem at Mississippi State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

24 Co Rd 231, Oxford, MS 38655

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


Dodson Farm

684 Mt. Olive Rd. Starkville, MS 39759

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Laura 'Cookie' Sullivan: I am excited to serve these children and bring the first camp to Mississippi. I am looking forward to seeing what Kesem does for me and everything I learn from this experience.

Madelyn 'Peaches' Slaten: This year I am looking forward to is having all these coordinators and counselors learn more about Kesem and create the family feeling for these kids that I felt when I was a Kesem camper.

Adalyn 'Muffin' Aldridge: I am looking forward to working for and meeting the Kesem community as we prepare for this chapter's first Camp Kesem.

Grace 'Lumi' Mahoney: I can't wait to sing camp songs with all of our campers and host our first Make the Magic event!

Briana 'Nugget' Johnston: I am looking forward to making magic and providing a home away from home for the kids so deserving of it.

Macey 'Astro' Beaty: I am looking forward to sharing the values of Kesem around my community and college campus, and informing them of the benefits that Kesem gives to families across the country.

Christine 'Bean' Schroeder: I am so looking forward to this summer! I love meeting new people, and I cannot wait to make so many new friends! By sharing the Kesem love, magic will be made which will change everyone's life, not just the campers.

Jacob "Loki" Shaver: I'm looking forward to making a lifelong memories for both Kesem campers and staff!

Marianna 'Marinara' Harris: Looking forward to making awesome friends and making lasting memories.

Adam 'Chaco' Williams: I hope to be able to spread lots of joy and make memories with my fellow coordinators throughout this upcoming year.

Grace 'Christmas' Wilkes: I had so much fun volunteering at the Pink Dawg Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness! Not only did I grow closer to other Camp Kesem Coordinators, but we got to share the Camp Kesem with so many people who loved and appreciated it so much!

Jessica 'Cornbread' Baldwin: I am so excited to help lead Camp Kesem at Mississippi State and meet all the campers!

Kenadi 'Chicken' Freeman: I am looking forward to experiencing the magic of Kesem for the first time! I can't wait to see how I can leave my mark on this camp and how it will leave its mark on me.

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 Mississippi State University

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

Camp Kesem at Mississippi State University

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

Camp Kesem at Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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.