Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

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Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/18/2020 - 7/24/2020

1466 Hwy N, Bourbon, MO 65441

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


Hendri's Events

4501 Ridgewood Ave

St. Louis, MO 63116

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Meet the Team

Megan 'Crush' Brinkworth: One of my favorite Kesem memories is my first Messy Olympics at camp 3 years ago! I had no idea what to expect, but ended up loving feeling like a kid again running around with my Green unit campers and getting messy!

Brittany 'Brittle' Pace: I have two favorite Kesem memories! One is from my first year at camp when I told a cheesy pun and Bookworm poured water on my head! My other favorite memory is this year at camp when Bunny and Double Donuts came and sat with me during Empowerment.

Samantha 'S'mores' Moore: My favorite Kesem memory is from my first year of being a counselor, when one of my green campers was encouraged by their fellow campers to sign a song in sign language for the talent show:)

Madeline 'Nugz' Springgate : One of our campers, Sikey, did a Rubik’s cube at the talent show and he got stuck at one point. There was so much tension, it was crazy. We chanted his name while we waited for him to finish and everyone in the room went absolutely insane!

Anne 'Hedwig' Asta: My favorite Kesem memory was at camp, watching the Red Unit (our youngest unit) challenge Yellow Unit (oldest) to Little Red Wagon.

Cassie 'Guppy' Papproth: I am looking forward to seeing all the bright and smiling faces of the campers this coming summer! The kids are the reason I Kesem, and seeing them over the summer makes my summer a billion times better!

Hayley "Junie B. Jones" Franks: My very first Messy Olympics. It was such a freeing experience to see campers and counselors totally let loose and get messy.

Erin 'Pooh Bear' Bargiachi: My favorite camp memory is every night when I would say goodnight to my cabin. Despite being a program counselor, I was still close to my assigned unit. Every night I would get to check in on my kiddos and bond with them.

Connor 'Lil Reece' Burnett: MY favorite kesem memory was our Chinese lantern send off after empowerment my first year. I ended up talking with a group of kids for 3 hours and it was extremely emotional. It was a truly powerful moment in my life

Claire 'Peanut' Tidey: I am looking forward to seeing all the new and old faces from camp and getting to experience the Kesem magic! My favorite memory was hearing the brave stories of all the orange girls and watching them support each other during empowerment.

Kazimir 'Robin' Bagdady: My favorite Kesem memory is from my first year of camp. During feet on the bed time, a bunch of the orange boys made a tv show skit called Karl and Yaky and they were just laughing and having a great time with eachother.

Michaela 'Waffles' Busch: Beyond excited to work closely with the incredible Kesem families (and eagerly anticipating camp again!)

Zach 'Ritz' Pittz: My favorite Kesem memory was my first color war experience. So much powder flying everywhere in a massive free-for-all trying to get everyone as colorful as possible. I will never forget that experience, or finding powder in my ear a week after camp.

Nikhil 'Magic Man' Jacob: My favorite Kesem memory was getting to light the lanterns with the kiddos my first year of camp!

Gabriella 'Granola' Bianchi: There are so many things that I love about Kesem. I get a lot out of Messy and Empowerment. Messy is a great time to get silly with the kids and in empowerment I get an overwhelming feeling of love and unity in our CKSLU family.

Mason 'Care Bear' Cotterel: I'm looking forward to growing our Kesem family, so that more people can experience the magic!

Caitlin 'Bagel' Mussey: I'm looking forward to making more magic with my amazing fellow coordinator board members and welcoming more kiddos to the Kesem family!

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 Saint Louis University

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

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

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

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis 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 Saint Louis 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 Saint Louis University was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.