Camp Kesem at San Diego State University

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Camp Kesem at San Diego State University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/9/2020 - 8/14/2019

743 Farmer Rd, Julian, CA 92036

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


Montezuma Hall

Aztec Student Union, San Diego, CA 92182

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Sophie 'Bubbles' Chance: During SDSU's first year of camp, the daunting ropes course scared some, but not Rainbow. Rainbow marched up to the front of the line, scaled the pole, and flew down the zip line with absolutely no fear. The bravest 6-year-old I have ever seen.

Tyler 'Dibs' Leptich: My favorite Kesem memory is conquering my fear of heights in my first year as a camper and climbing up to the zipline and riding it across the meadow. There is no better place to face your fears than with your Kesem family!

Jada 'Churro' Claiborne: Hi, I'm Churro and I'm a 4th year Business Marketing major! I am so excited to see how much our chapter will grow this year. My favorite part of camp was definitely the talent show and singing one of my favorite songs Tarzan!!

Lauren 'Peaches' Chapman: I am looking forward to meeting the campers and becoming a part of this amazing community!

Chloe 'Lovebug' Fairman: I am looking forward to getting to know everyone on the board this year! They are all such great people and I can’t wait to great Kesem magic with them all.

Andrew 'Trail Mix' Schrittwieser: I cannot wait to sing camp songs with all the kids and my fellow counselors! I am not the best singer but I can for sure hit a high note or two!

Ashelyn 'Fuego' Lutrick: My favorite Kesem memory includes watching our very first talent show. The kids were able to express themselves as well as support each other through the activity.

Jessica 'pickle' Tohill: new member

Margot 'Coral' Ermer: Looking forward to planning an amazing schedule.

Bailey 'Starlight' Iwamoto: I am looking forward to playing games, singing songs, and having fun with all of the campers!

Audrey 'Sunday' Verdone: My first camp this past summer was absolutely everything and more! Experiencing the Kesem magic for the first time is something I will hold in my heart forever. Every person and child involved in this organization is amazing :)

Sydney 'Wavy' Steinbeck: My favorite Kesem memory was during the last night at camp this summer. A camper told me she was sad to leave camp. I explained that we are all "under the same moon and stars" and I am always here for her. When leaving, she repeated the phrase to me.

Peter "Buddy" Mitri: My favorite Kesem memory is the first time I truly felt the Kesem Magic. At Friends and Family Day, I felt like I was truly "Buddy" while having a blast with the campers. I simply could not stop smiling that day while running around with Monkey!

Darek 'Hendrix' Dabadghav: My first time attending camp as a camper. To be able to share my experience with people who truly understood is an amazing thing.

Courtney 'Sunshine' Parks: My favorite Kesem memory is definitely color wars at camp this past summer! At the end, two girls were painting my hair and when I went to wash it after, it didn't come out! I got to rock pink hair for a couple weeks after camp !

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 San Diego State University

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

Camp Kesem at San Diego State University

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

Camp Kesem at San Diego State 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 San Diego State 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

Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.