Camp Kesem at MIT

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Camp Kesem at MIT

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/21/2020

Camp Danbee

101 W Main Road, Peru, MA 01235

Week 2 Session
8/23/2020 - 8/28/2020
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


Walker Memorial

142 Memorial Drive

Cambridge MA 02139

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Thomas 'Nimbus' Allison: I'm SO excited to spread the word about Kesem and work year round to expand and diversify our camper population. I'm also pumped to befriend ALL of our coordinators and counselors and build an amazing camp with them

Ryan 'Bugz' Scerbo: I am looking forward to being even more involved in the Kesem Magic!

Adedoyin 'Clover' Olateru-Olagbegi: I am beyond excited to be leading MIT's Volunteer and Teen committees this year -- I can't wait for Camp 2020 to be the best year yet!

Elena 'Mushu' Boal: My favorite memory from camp this year was seeing a camper who sitting off to the side during the dance get up and jam out to Old Town Road.

Isabel 'Jibbitz' Barnet: My favorite Kesem memory was last year's affirmation. I did not know what to expect at first, but I left in awe, feeling deeply connected to those around me and the whole Kesem community.. I felt loved, and that I could love, more than ever before.

Emily 'Ginger' Condon: Can't wait for another great year!

Joyce 'Tigger' Noh: I am looking forward to making Make the Magic the most fun spring gala yet. I want to make sure that Make the Magic runs smoothly and guests are having a great time learning about and donating to Camp Kesem.

Charlotte 'Ponyo' Maloney: I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow counselors better, as well as having the opportunity to continue the Kesem magic throughout the school year to create the best camp possible for our kids!

Brittany 'Scout' Sacks: Watching my campers grow into more confident, competent, and capable individuals over the course of our one week at camp is empowering every single time, and I'm so grateful to play a role in helping my campers reach their true potential.

Tema 'Squishy' Nwana: One of my favorite Kesem memories was being in a crazy fun 4-team dance battle during Color Wars. I am most excited about getting to go to 2 WEEKS of CAMP this year as an Operations Coordinator.

Jessica 'Juicy Juice' Cohen: My favorite Kesem memory was going on the teen hike and playing this riddle game for over an hour with one of my campers. We kept playing this little game and I just could not figure it out! We were laughing so hard the entire time.

Stuart 'Flash' Powell: I had a camper tell me their two greatest fears were losing a parent and getting lice, because getting lice meant they couldn't come to camp. In that moment, I realized how valuable camp is to everyone involved - campers and counselors both.

Olivia 'Ravioli' Lucchese: I'm so excited to meet the campers and organize year-round support for them!

Gianna 'Boo' Garza: My favorite moment at Kesem was watching an impromptu innovative s'more-making session during our campfire! I'm excited for these memories and so many more new ones this coming year.

Darian 'Hobbes' Bhathena: My favorite camp memory is singing songs, playing games, and eating s'mores by the fire side during my first year of camp!

Raja 'Princess Jasmin' Rajcic: My favorite memory is just all the smiles my campers have throughout camp!

Manuel 'Marlin' Morales: Hey friends! This year, I’m excited to continue strengthening our counselor community and can’t wait to create even more heartwarming CK memories with y’all!!

Kiera 'Lucky' Gavin: My campers this year were all around 15 years old and at times "too cool for camp." When we made our skit for the talent show, the campers go so into it and worked really hard to make something awesome. The teamwork and creativity was just perfect.

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 MIT

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

Camp Kesem at MIT

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

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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

Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director –
Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director –

Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.