Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

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Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/13/2020 - 6/18/2020

W3985 Trails End Rd, Fredonia, WI 53021

Week 2 Session
8/9/2020 - 8/14/2020
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


The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge

529 Davis St

Evanston, IL 60201

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Aditi 'Rainbow' Agarwal: I always look forward to our annual counselor retreats!

Elizabeth 'Bean' Bernstein: My favorite Kesem memory was with the ducklings, the youngest cabin at camp! They made their own version of a cheer, "Deep in the heart of the Kesem jungle you can hear the ducklings rumble quack quack quack quack quack quack quack!" It was SO fun!

Dana 'Squeak' Pepowski: One of my favorite Kesem memories is cheering (screaming) while a usually-quiet camper danced for the talent show. I've never seen her smile so big!

Mackenzie 'Koda' Lim: This past summer, I wrote a song with my campers and co-counselors and we performed it at our talent show.

Robert 'Rudolph' D'Alessandro: Watching my LIT2s interact with younger campers last year and be absolute rock stars

Daniel 'Buzz' Konstantino: Too many to choose from! This summer I taught a camper who was afraid of the rain that dancing in it can be quite cathartic. It ended up being his high for the day. It was awesome:)

Alyssa 'Starfish' Hiraoka: It's so hard to pick! A few of my favorite Kesem memories were waking up early to see the sunrise with my cabin on the last day, stargazing at night, roasting weenies and s'mores for dinner, and playing real-life Mario Kart!

Charlotte 'Pinto' Tauss: It's hard to pick one, but I had a camper that seemed very shy at first but then during Mud Olympics she was super energetic and covered me head to toe in mud. After that she opened up a lot and we were able to get really close.

Andrew 'Bubbles' Fortin: My favorite Kesem memory is hanging out and talking with my cabin in the hammocks at camp. After a long day, we would all talk with each other and tell funny stories that made us laugh so loud the whole camp could hear.

Justin 'Elvis' Pasionek: My favorite Kesem memory is watching almost every member of my cabin showcase their talents at the talent show.

Charlotte 'Oz' Masters: This year, I am most looking forward to returning to Fredonia, Wisconsin, seeing how much the campers I've had in the past have grown and welcoming new kids and their families into the Kesem community.

Jacqueline 'Kiwi' Mazique: I am looking forward to Spring Friends + Family Day!

Saikrishna 'Sci-fi' Nadimpalli: My favourite memory of camp is cabin chats every night. Those are some of the most entertaining, thoughtful and empowering dialogues I’ve ever been a part of.

Alec 'Nitro' Heyde: I am looking forward to my last of four years as a counselor. I want to make the biggest impact I can on the campers this year - specifically the Teens. I was in their shoes as a kid so I know it’s time to have the fun they all need!

Cal 'River' Dooley: I love Kesem because of its campfires, friendship bracelets, and the most wonderful people you'll ever meet.

Penelope 'Kit Kat' Hough: Getting to know all of my amazing campers and messy olympics.

Sam 'Groot' Aronson: My favorite part of camp is coming back every summer to see how much all of the our amazing campers have grown both in height and maturity. They are the reason I give so much of my time to Kesem.

Zach 'Dimple' Shonfeld: Feeling so at home and meeting my kiddos :)

Ayana 'Dory' Davis: I am looking forward to seeing the downstairs LIT2 campers again. Being their counselor was incredibly fun because they are so witty, clever and funny. I can't wait to hear about developments in their lives and see how they've grown

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 Northwestern University

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

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

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

Camp Kesem at Northwestern 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 Northwestern 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

Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director –
Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director –

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Her passion for Kesem began when she joined the founding team at Brown University, where she served as an Alumni, PR, Marketing coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and Chapter Co-Director her senior year. During this time, she also served as a Junior Camp Advisor and Camp Preparation Volunteer. Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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.