YMCA Camp Shaver
Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Fall Friends + Family Day
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Spring Friends + Family Day
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Saturday, April 25th, 2020
Corbett Center Student Union, Las Cruces, NM
Jewell 'Cruiser' Robideau: I am so excited for camp and all of our friends and family days this year. I love when we get all of our volunteers and families together and get to experience the Kesem magic.
Stephanie 'Sunny' Schmidt: My favorite Kesem memory is when I taught one of the campers a duet on the piano. On the last day of camp when the family members came to pick up the kiddos, we got to perform the song together for the family member. It was a bittersweet moment.
Pablo 'Flippy' Ramirez: I am looking forward to giving back to the community in any way that I can.
David 'TBD' Tackett: My favorite memory was during empowerment where one of the children had talked about why she loved Camp Kesem. She said that she forgot the reason why everyone was there, which was because of cancer, and that she was happy to feel like a kid again.
Alyssa 'Crocs' Tirado: I look forward to being part of something bigger than myself. As well as giving children an space to grow, have fun and to have support.
Alexandria 'Carter' Apodaca: Being able to see how the kids at camp change throughout the week and be able to form a community where they feel they belong. I love that Kesem really does create a family where anyone/everyone feels welcome!
Samantha 'Wall-E' Melendez: To help in any way I can
Ashley 'Ace' Lonergan: I am really looking forward to camp this year and hanging out with all the great campers!
Callie McKay: I am looking forward to camp this year! I did not have the opportunity to attend camp last year, so I am excited to see the place that people talk so fondly of.
Lucas 'Ninetails' Medina: I love Messy Games. My favorite Kesem Memories are from Messy Games. I look forward to seeing the campers new and old that Camp Kesem serves.
Cameron 'Zia' Vallejos: I am looking forward to organizing and holding more Friends & Family Days! It's so exciting to see how much fun the families and campers have, and to give them the ability to learn more about us and what we do.
Ethan 'Gibson' Urquidez: I love playing 9-Square with the campers. We all have such a great time, and it's just so much fun!
Ethan 'Alpine' Sullivan: My favorite Kesem memory is between a set of 2 campers. They are brothers and one day the younger brother couldn't wake up in the morning. Many of the counselors were struggling and unable to wake him up. So he woke him up by yelling "get up"!
Elanndria 'Rockie' Martin: This year I am looking forward to how smooth our camp will run next summer because of how hard our chapter is working! It is going to be the best one yet, and we are hoping to get even more children this year!
Melanie 'Tweety' Coleman: My favorite memory from is camp song circle! My favorite camp song is Button Factory. I loved having fun with the camp songs and seeing everyone participate having just as much fun as the week went on.
Alexandria 'Tofu' Johnson: I am looking forward to attending camp. I have not been able to attend camp for the 2 years I have been a coordinator.
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:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
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.
Brittani joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Brittani loved volunteering as a part of Camp Kesem where she was able to apply concepts she had studied in the classroom and make an impact in the community. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is from Lakeport, California and currently resides in Orem, Utah.