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Samuel 'Shrek' Jansen: My favorite Kesem memory was when campers arrived on the first day of camp two years ago, which was Temple's first year. Seeing the campers arrive so excited, and watching the counselors match that energy, I knew that Camp Kesem was truly special.
Jacey 'Sunny' Abdalla: My favorite Kesem memory seems simple looking back, but at our first week of camp in Summer 2018, one of my green unit boys told me that being nice was a talent and that it was my best talent. Something so simple has always meant so much.
Ava 'Lulu' Jancarski: My favorite Kesem memory was Messy olympics. It was such a fun day for the kids and counselors to just let loose and be silly. I am looking forward to seeing returning campers this year and also for the new campers I get to meet!!
Taylor 'Bambi' Vasilik: Messy Olympics was by far the best experience of my life. I never thought I'd enjoy being covered in shaving cream and paint!
Eric 'Waluigi' Campbell: My favorite Kesem memory is from last year. I came in as the photographer and did not know anyone at camp; quickly, I made lifelong friends with counselors and a strong connection with the campers. It showed what Kesem is and got me involved
Ryan 'Rocky' McLaughlin: My favorite Kesem memory is all the smiles and laughs everyday all day.
Jake 'Bronco' Hodgdon: The week of camp is hands down the best week of the year. My favorite thing about camp is building the unbreakable bonds with the campers and my peers, and knowing that nobody has to fight alone. I have made some of my closest friends though CKTU.
jillian 'gigi' cosgrave: My favorite memory from camp was trading jibbitz on our crocs between campers and counselors! Everyone's crocs were covered in so many jibbitz!! My first week experiencing Camp Kesem was my favorite week of the summer.
Lisa 'Daisy' Sortino: I really looking forward to planning and executing our second Make the Magic! I am so excited to be apart of Temple's Coord Board and can't wait to contribute to the magic and happiness that Kesem bring to the world.
Maura 'Momo' Boyle: The past 2 years I have been lucky enough to be with the red unit! This year I am the operations coordinator and am looking forward to getting to know all the age groups. I can't wait to form connections with more campers and spread the Kesem magic!!
Ellen 'Tink' Anders: My favorite Kesem memory was how much fun we all had during our beach dance party the night after empowerment. We had all grown so close and saw the true strength in all of our campers that day, that night we were able to have the biggest smiles!
Chris 'Gumball' Troemel: I am looking forward to seeing all of the campers who are coming back, as well as all of the new campers! Last year was my first year with Camp Kesem and I want this year to be just as special.
Rachel 'poppy' Smuts: I am so excited to make more community contacts that will in turn help us to meet and serve more camper families in 2020!
Philip 'Worm' Niewiarowski: With this being my first year with Camp Kesem I am looking forward to making unforgettable memories with the kids and counselors at camp!
Michael 'Simba' Simons: My favorite Kesem memory was when my fellow unit counselor, named Shaq, dressed up in a walrus costume and surprised all of the campers in red and green that night during cabin chat. They all had huge smiles on their faces as if Mickey Mouse came.
Emma 'Blue' Yanacek: I am looking forward to my first year at camp!
Tommy 'T-Pain' Lam: This past summer at camp, we were swimming at the lake. It was our last lake day, so another counselor and I started throwing the campers up into the air when were inside the lake. All the campers loved it and started lining up, even our camp advisor
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:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
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.
Eliza joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in November 2018. She first joined Camp Kesem while attending Michigan State University, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and an Outreach Coordinator for two years. As an alum, she's also served as a Camp Advisor for five Kesem chapters. Eliza has previously worked and volunteered in disability respite care, refugee services, and parent education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State in May 2017 and plans to obtain her Master of Social Work with a focus in Mental Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eliza is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, and plans to relocate to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.