Camp Kesem at New York University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/23/2020 - 8/27/2020

Camp Lakota

56 Park Rd

Wurtsboro, NY 12790

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

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Meet the Team

Jessica 'Mango' Guo: I'm looking forward to making our chapter's ideas and excitement into a reality this summer! Being able to make a substantial impact in my local community drives me, and I can't wait to meet the campers!

Joyce 'Kiwi' Chung: I can't wait to hold our first camp session this year and watch our Kesem family grow here at NYU!

Carolyn 'Coffee Bean ' Breakstone: I am looking forward to being able to help make NYU's chapter of Camp Kesem the best it can be! I also can't wait to get to know all the amazing campers and their families, and to create life long memories for them.

Maya 'Macaroni' Rozen: I'm looking forward to meeting new people and sharing new experiences.

Yuke (Eunice) 'Apple' Guo: I’m excited about being a part of new chapter from 0 to 1 and working with talented people. Being a development coordinator, I’m thrilled to see their happy faces in our effort of creating an inclusive and supportive community next summer.

Katarina 'Kit-Kat' Demos: I'm incredibly excited to not only help organize the camp, but also to experience it! I remember looking up to the leaders of my summer camps as a kid and wanting to be just like them when I grew up. I hope to inspire the children like that!

Moselle 'Mozzarella ' Jules : I am looking forward to having Camp and meeting the campers!

Mihir 'Yoshi' Doshi: I'm looking forward to the holistic experience of being a part of Camp Kesem and the growing impact it has on children and their families. On a personal note, I'm looking forward to being able to directly interact with campers and hear their stories.

Victoria 'Mochi' Medina: I'm looking forward to collaborating and engaging with my community so that we can have an amazing first year with our campers!

Isabel 'sunflower' Lai: As a part of a new chapter, I can't wait to see our NYU Camp Kesem team grow and create an amazing, meaningful, and caring environment for the children joining our camp this summer. Overall, I'm excited to build a new network of friends and family.

Amelia 'Taco' Chen: Hi, I'm Taco! I'm so excited to be a part of the first year of NYU Camp Kesem! I'm looking forward to meeting our NYU Kesem campers and working with the board to make this year's Kesem Magic!

Brendan '' Hyslop: I am so excited to work with such a motivated and caring group of people trying to expand Kesem's great mission: helping kids through and beyond their parents' cancers.

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 New York University

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

Camp Kesem at New York University

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

Camp Kesem at New York 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 New York 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

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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.