Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

July 15-20, 2019

Camp Wapiti

1600 S Left Hand Fork Road

Settlement Canyon

Tooele, UT 84074

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 8, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

March 2, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM

The Ledge’s Golf Course

1585 Ledges Pkwy

St. George, UT 84770

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Sierra “Roo” Jensen: This will be my third year as a director for SUU’s chapter. I first got involved because of my mother’s own battle with brain cancer. I fell in love with this organization and it became a big part of my life. I am a senior in the nursing program and will be graduating in May 2019. Although this doesn’t allow a lot of free time, I still make sure to do the other things I love like hiking, drawing, and snowboarding.

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Jessica “Tink” Gowans: I started camp to get volunteer hours and absolutely love it! This is my fourth year being involved with Camp Kesem. This is my first year as a director, and I have been the Make the Magic Coordinator for two years. I love camp because of the kids! I am an accounting major and will graduate in May 2020. I love traveling, and was able to go to Kenya, Africa for a humanitarian trip this summer, and made a stop in London for a few days on my way there.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Chris “Gucci” Abraham: Hi I’m Chris Abraham. At Camp Kesem (and elsewhere) I’m also known as Gucci. I’m a premed student at SUU, and will be here until 2021. I initially got involved with Camp Kesem because I was looking for ways to get involved at SUU. I had no idea what Camp Kesem was, but I signed up anyways. After 1 week at camp I decided I’d found the perfect organization to spend my college years, and beyond, with. It’s been fun to run our social media pages and connect with our great community and alumni.

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Shellbe “Bonsai” Watson: Hi I’m Shellbe, but I like my camp name Bonsai better! This is my second year being involved with Camp Kesem and I have loved every minute of it! I am a Junior nursing major here at SUU. Some of my hobbies include playing pickleball and eating sushi! I can’t wait for another fun year at camp!

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Hayley “Duck” West: Hello everyone! My name is Hayley and my Kesem name is Duck. I am from Tooele, Utah and the oldest in my family. My major is Music. I volunteered as a counselor my first year with Camp Kesem and absolutely loved it. The kids are amazing and are inspiring to me. I am one of the development coordinators this year and I’m looking forward to this year!

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Jason “Thunder Bear” Hailes: I’m 21 years old, from Delta, Utah and I’m in my second year at SUU studying Bio pre-med. I like doing anything outdoors, especially riding my motorcycle. I’m a development coordinator and my camp name is Thunder Bear.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Chloe “Moose” Condie: I am from St. George, Utah and am currently serving as one of the Make the Magic Coordinators. I first heard about Camp Kesem from my older brother “Scooby.” His love of camp gave me the desire to join and I am so glad that I did! This will be my third year at camp and I can say it gets more magical every year. I love spending time with my family and I feel like Kesem has become my family. Besides Keseming, I spend my time painting, hiking, and studying Russian. я вас люблю!

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Barry “Bear” Kreyling: I am in my third year of the chemistry program. I’m planning on going to medical school after I graduate. I am from St. George and am the youngest in my family. I volunteered as a counselor for Camp Kesem for the first time this past summer. So, I’m still pretty new to Kesem. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a counselor. I recently became one of the coordinators for Make the Magic and am excited to serve in that capacity.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Trace “Tres Leches” Wilson: My name is Trace Wilson and my camp name will be Tres Leches. I don’t know what else you need but I’m a Chemistry major in my junior year. I decided to volunteer with Camp Kesem because my uncle died of cancer about 2 years ago and I saw how my cousins were affected and I wanted to help others in similar situations. And my picture is attached.

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Katelyn “Cap” Armstrong: This is my first year being a coordinator. I was a unit leader last summer and I didn’t know I was going to gain such a passion for Camp Kesem as I much as I did. I originally did Camp Kesem to be able to be a friend to those children in need. Outside of Camp Kesem I am from Cedar City, Utah and have loved living here my whole life. I enjoy playing volleyball, singing and playing the piano, and photography. I work as a CNA and a Med Tech at Brookdale and love every second of it.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Simon “Rice” Cai: I’m currently a biology major here at SUU. My hobbies are volleyball, cooking, and sleeping. This will be my first year as an Outreach Coordinator.

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Marcus “Fried” Bunn: I’m Fried and I am from Tooele, Utah. This is my first year as a coordinator for Camp Kesem and I am super excited to be a part of this camp. Right now I am attending SUU with a major in Biology. I love to snowmobile, wakeboard, and golf! I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be a small part of this camp, and all of the many relationships I have made.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
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Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Cason “Rust” Patterson: I am studying nutrition and hope to go into the medical field one day! Something interesting about me is that I am the ONLY red head in all of my family and my red hair is where my name Rust comes from. I absolutely love Camp Kesem because serving kids is one of the most gratifying experiences for me. I strive to be as strong and courageous as each and everyone of the kids apart of the Camp Kesem family. They are my heroes and I am blessed to be able to serve as treasurer.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Tyler “TT” Tatton: I’m from Roy, Utah and I’m studying Psychology with a Human Services emphasis at SUU. I joined Camp Kesem my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was eleven. She was able to beat it but it was rough on our family and I had to grow up fast. I went to Camp Kesem BYU for five years before I graduated from high school. Camp gave me a place where I could be a kid and feel like I belonged and now I want to help more kids have that same experience.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University

Kate “Leo” Abbott: This is my second year as a volunteer coordinator for Kesem at Southern Utah University. I love being able to train and recruit counselors to serve children across the state of Utah. I’m in nursing school right now and I’m working hard to become a pediatric nurse. My passions include being outside, petting dogs, and making others laugh. I hope to make this year of Kesem even better than the last.

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah University
Camp Kesem at Southern Utah 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 Southern Utah University

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

Camp Kesem at Southern Utah 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 Southern Utah 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 Southern Utah 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

Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org
Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org

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.

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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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