Camp Kesem at Syracuse University

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/21/2020

177 Hudson St, Warrensburg, NY 12885

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

Friday, March 6th 2020

Marriott Syracuse Hotel Grand Ballroom, 100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY

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Meet the Team

Melissa 'Koala' Navarro: On the last night of my first camp, the oldest campers had a cabin chat at the fire and did an affirmation circle, I have truly never felt so much love in one space! We sang songs afterward & looked up at the stars and it was just so magical.

Brian 'Toast' Ellsworth: I am so excited to see the magic our INCREDIBLE Coordinator Board is going to create with the help of our general body!

Julia 'Pickle' Foster: I am looking forward to spreading more wholesome Kesem magic to all the people around me from home to here at school and all around.

Lydia 'Wednesday' Herne: Favorite Kesem memory: My fabulous TLP campers throwing me a surprise namesake party on the Wednesday of camp. I woke up from a nap during my break, and walked into the other cabin and they had decorated the cabin and made me the sweetest card.

Elizabeth` 'LeLe' Acquaah-Harrison: My favorite memory was during the talent show when when one of my youngest campers pushed me out of my comfort zone to sing and play the ukulele with two other campers in the show. They change our lives as much as, if not more than we change theirs.

Lorane 'dj hoopz' Sherpa: My favortie Kesem memory was during Empowerment when everyone was being so vulnerable by sharing their stories. It made me feel so proud and honored to be part of such an amazing community that helps foster a loving and supportive environment.

Barrington 'Screech' Bucknor: What I am looking forward to the most of Camp is being able to play messy wars and seeing both camper and counselor inner child being released to make camp different from another camp experience.

Haley 'Tomato ' Tomasso : My favorite kesem memory is when a camper named Berry, drew a picture of me, even though we met that day at Family and Friend's Day.

Alexander 'Wave' Giudice: I'm looking forward to making this year the best, filled with the most CLAM!

Madison 'Daisy' Fagant: My favorite Kesem memory is sitting around the camp fire at my first year of camp and doing math problems with one of the girls in the yellow unit, because it's her favorite subject.

Evelyn 'Happy' Gruen: At my first friends and family day, I remember being so nervous and unsure. All of that disappeared as I was watching our campers perform in our mini stage night! Seeing them being so unapologetically themselves showed me what Kesem is all about.

Marissa 'Snickerdoodle' Kruk: My favorite Kesem memory is being one of the Nature/Sciences program counselors! I loved designing experiments for our campers and watching them learn something new at each rotation. I was so impressed by the creativity and teamwork of CKSU :)

Mackenzie 'Kale' Proud: The ice cream dance party after empowerment! Everyone was in a delicate place after such emotional vulnerability and the silliness that took place after is a perfect image of Kesem. A space of healing balanced by pure childhood joy

Allison 'Foot' Smith: During a particularly emotional all-camp conversation, a seven year old walked across the circle and draped her jacket on my shoulders. She smiled- and reminded me just how good and kind their hearts can be.

Kevin '' Wu: can't wait to see the kiddos at Friends and Family Day

Laura 'Pumpkin' Nolan: My favorite Kesem memory is my first last campfire. There was a magical warmth that radiated throughout all of the campers and counselors, and singing "this is goodnight and not goodbye" got me incredibly emotional. I felt the Kesem magic that night!

Molly 'Good Golly' Murphy: My favorite memory would have to be this past summer working with the teens as the TLP Coordinator. It was incredible to watch them grow as leaders in various aspects. As a service project, they created Chemo Care Packages which warmed my heart.

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 Syracuse University

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

Camp Kesem at Syracuse University

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

Camp Kesem at Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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.