Camp Kesem at Temple University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Sunday, October 27, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Brittany “Pebbles” Holt: Hi everyone! My name is Pebbles and I am the Co-Director of Camp Kesem at Temple University. I am a senior tourism and hospitality management major with a general business minor. Besides Camp Kesem, I am also a sister of Alpha Xi Delta. I am so excited to help Camp Kesem grow on our campus and to be a life-long support system for our campers!

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Jenna “Bean” Scolis: Hi, my name is Bean and I’m one of the Directors at CK Temple University! I am currently in my senior year as a nursing major. I love being a part of Camp Kesem because it’s amazing watching these kids grow and open up throughout just one short week of camp. Our campers are so strong and inspiring, and I want to create an environment where they feel safe and free act like a kid again.

Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University

Julia “Pumpkin Spice” Sims: Hi, I’m Pumpkin Spice and I’m a senior theater major! I do alumni, PR and marketing for Camp Kesem at Temple University. Camp Kesem is important to me because it builds a strong community for kids to feel like they aren’t alone.

Camp Kesem at Temple University

Jake “Bronco” Hogdgon: Hi, I’m Bronco! I’m a junior actuarial science major with a minor in Spanish at Temple University. I’m an AMPR coordinator this year, and I love my Kesem family!

Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University

Stephanie “Giggles” Soivana: Hi, I’m Giggles! I’m Co-Development Coordinator for Camp Kesem at Temple. I’m a senior speech pathology major with a minor in education and a certificate in American Sign Language. I love Camp Kesem because it gives kids a chance to get their childhood back and reminds them that through all their struggles they aren’t alone!

Camp Kesem at Temple University

Jordynne “Kiwi” Turpie: Hi I’m Kiwi, and I’m the Development Coordinator for Camp Kesem Temple University!! I am a senior biology major with a public health minor. Camp Kesem is important to me because I have 3 younger siblings with a great support, I can’t imagine kids having to go through something like a parents cancer that is so emotionally draining without a support group. I love helping build that for them!

Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University

Sam “Shrek” Jensen: Hi, my name is Shrek, and I am one of the Operations Coordinators this year for Camp Kesem Temple University! I am currently a junior finance and risk management double major. This is my second year as a member of Camp Kesem, and I am excited to help make camp a great experience this year!

Camp Kesem at Temple University

Gabby “Nugget” Evans: Hi everyone! My name is Nugget and I am one of this year’s Operations Coordinators for Temple University’s chapter of Camp Kesem! I am a senior nursing student with a psychology minor and I am looking forward to start a pediatric nursing career! I love being involved in Camp Kesem because it is a family of people who lift each other up and support one another through a scary and difficult time.

Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University

Grace “Sparkle” Keiser: Hi! I’m Sparkle and I’m one of CKTU’s Outreach Coordinators! I’m a sophomore secondary math education major at Temple. I love being a part of Camp Kesem because it gives kids a second family and a home-away-from-home where they can make new friends who have similar experiences.

Camp Kesem at Temple University

Lorraine “Mama Coco” Medina: Hi, everyone! My name is Mama Coco and I’m a junior business HR at Temple. I’m an outreach coordinator for Camp Kesem, and I love it because it supports children through the toughest times of their lives .

Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
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Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University

Maura “Momo” Boyle: Hi! I’m Momo, the treasurer for Camp Kesem at Temple University! I am a sophomore accounting major planning to become a CPA! I love Kesem because it provides an environment that allows kids to be kids. Camp allows the kids to have incredible amounts of fun and provide memories to last a lifetime!

Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University

Julia “Stitch” Trout: Hi, I’m Stitch! I’m a public health major at Temple, and a volunteer coordinator for Camp Kesem. To me, it is an organization filled with inspirational, strong, and resilient individuals whose goal is to provide reassurance to children that they are not alone with their journey with a parent’s cancer.

Camp Kesem at Temple University

Rachel “Poppy” Smuts: Hi! My name is Poppy and I am one of the Volunteer co-coordinators at Temple University! I’m a junior early childhood education major with a concentration in Special Education. Camp Kesem is so important to me because it is a source of empowerment to everyone involved, campers and college students alike! I am so excited to be a part of this organization and know that we as a team are making an impact on so many kids!

Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple University
Camp Kesem at Temple 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 Temple University

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

Camp Kesem at Temple 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 Temple 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

Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director – eliza.doll@kesem.org
Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director – eliza.doll@kesem.org

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.

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.

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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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