Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

June 2-8, 2019

Camp Wamatochick

5101 S Senator Hwy

Prescott, AZ 86303

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 1, 2018

Please contact us for more details!

Spring Friends + Family Day

March 30, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Little America Hotel

2515 East Butler Avenue

Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Emma “Snap” Hayden: I’m Snap and I’m a junior here at NAU studying merchandising! Joining Kesem has been the biggest highlight of my college experience so far and I can’t wait to see our chapter flourish this year. I kesem to make sure these kids have a chance to make beautiful memories during a difficult time.

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Emily “Ace” Powell: I am a junior at NAU and I am studying Elementary Education! I love hiking, coffee, the ocean, anything Disney and all things camp! Being a part of Kesem has been the most amazing part of college, and I am so, so lucky to be a part of these kids’ lives. I could go on for hours and hours about how much Kesem has changed my life, but to keep it simple I will just say that Kesem magic is something that stays with you through every minute of every day.

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Tess “Sweetpea” Phillips: Hi, I’m Sweetpea, I love watching movies, playing in the snow, and going to the beach!! My all time favorite thing to do is hang out with my family and my pets!! I joined Kesem because I want to be there for those kiddos and have fun with them!

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

RyLee “Poppy” Williams: Hi, I’m Poppy! I am from Gilbert, Arizona and a freshman studying Special and Elementary Education at NAU. This is my first year with Kesem and I am doing it because I have a passion to help others, especially kids. I am so excited to make an impact on the campers and families!

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Taryn “Totter” Lee: Hi, I’m Totter and I’m originally from Phoenix, AZ! I am currently a sophomore at NAU studying Business, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and this is my first year with Camp Kesem! I spend my free time watching too much Criminal Minds, hiking, and cooking! I am so looking forward to being one of the Make the Magic Coordinators this year, and cannot wait to meet all the kiddos at camp this summer!!

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Jazmine “Bubbles” Saucedo: Here’s Bubbles, one of our Make the Magic coordinators! She’s getting so excited for camp this summer!

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Pierce “Pie” Wakeman: This is Pie, one of our Operations coordinators! He’s so excited to put on an amazing week of camp this summer!

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Anna “Ruby” Bresadola: Check out Ruby, one of our Operations coordinators! She’s working super hard this year to put on a great camp this summer.

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Gia “Socks” Hoegh: Hi there! My name is Socks and I am a Chemistry and Criminology and Criminal Justice major at NAU. I am apart of Outreach and love meeting new people whenever I can! I love to learn, dance, and cook, but most of all – I can’t wait for camp this summer!!

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Felisha “Lilo” Vargas: This is Lilo, one of our Outreach coordinators! She’s working very hard this year and is so excited for camp!

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
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Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University

Javier “Grizzly” Ramirez: Check out Grizzly, our Volunteer coordinator! Grizzly is getting so pumped for camp this summer.

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University
Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona 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 Northern Arizona University

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

Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona 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 Northern Arizona 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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Northern Arizona University was generously provided by Phoenix Suns Charities.

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

Kirsten Olivarez, Regional Program Director – kirsten.olivarez@kesem.org
Kirsten Olivarez, Regional Program Director – kirsten.olivarez@kesem.org

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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.

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