Camp Kesem at Teton Valley

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 5-10, 2019

Camp Alice Pittenger

2111 Pilgram Cove

McCall, ID 83683

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 1, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day – Boise

March 2, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Grand Teton Council

3910 South Yellowstone Highway

Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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Meet the Team

Steven “Speedy” Frankenberry: Hello everyone! I am “Speedy”! I have been with Kesem about 3 years now! I have loved every minute of it. I love kids, hate cancer. Graduating in 2 semesters, and then applying to med school. I love hunting, all sports, and my wife and adorable little boy Karson.

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Brennen “Ace” Thompson: My name is Brennen Thompson AKA Ace! I’m currently getting prerequisites for Dental School at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I found Kesem during a class that I was teaching on campus. One of the students told me about all the good that Kesem does and I was excited to join! Spending a week straight with our campers doing everything from playing volleyball to paddling around the lake is my definition of Heaven. Kesem Rocks!

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Justice “Captain” Garrish: Hey Captain here! I am a Human Biology Major at BYU-Idaho, I hope to go on to medical school to become a physician. I have a cute 1-year old daughter and a beautiful wife who is expecting toward the beginning of next year. My favorite thing about Camp Kesem is the extraordinary people I have met and come to love! They have changed the way I see the world and taught me more about gratitude and the things that matter most.

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Jake “Ranger” Goodwin: Hi my name is Jake, I am currently studying Exercise Physiology BYU-I, and I am planning on going to Medical School. I love the outdoors and playing sports especially baseball. I got involved with Camp Kesem through some of my friends and I love it now!

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Heather “Feather” Richardson: Hello! I’m Feather and I LOVE CAMP KESEM! My major is public health, and with that I plan on becoming an occupational therapist. One of the neatest things about Kesem is the ongoing support and love everyone on our team has for our campers and their families. My favorite part is the enormous amount of FUN we have at camp! Kesem creates an exciting and open atmosphere where lasting friendships are built. I’m excited to continue to be a part of our big Kesem family!

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Matt “Tater” Farnsworth: I am from Castle Rock, CO currently studying Human Biology at BYU-I. I am the youngest of 7 kids and have tons of nieces and nephews and love kids. My wife Shayla, also called “Tots.” Is part of Kesem as well and we have been part of it for the last year and we love it!

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Camp Kesem at Teton Valley

Lauren “Pumpkin” Deerfoot: I used to be a pre-med student, but I changed my major to business management in hopes to one day run a nonprofit organization. I found Kesem the night of my 18th birthday during a premedical society in which a few of the volunteer groups on campus were sharing their purpose in hopes to gain more members. I was intrigued and joined immediately and I am glad I did. I LOVE not only being goofy with the kids but getting to become their friend and role model.

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Sydney “Firefly” Abplanalp: Hi everyone, my name is Firefly. I’ve been involved with Camp Kesem for almost a year now and love it! I was at a volunteer night for premed society and someone showed Teton Valley’s video from camp and I was hooked! This is an amazing organization and I’m so lucky to be a part of it. I love camping, reading, volleyball, and soccer. I also love spending time with my family, my husband and I have two adorable (and crazy) kids who keep us on our toes.

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Camp Kesem at Teton Valley

Alexis “Savage” Savage: Hey, I’m Alexis Savage. I am studying exercise physiology, and one day I want to teach physiology in college. My dad passed away of cancer when I was 15, so I know how important it is for these kids to just forget about life at home, and have fun with other kids who understand. My favorite part about camp is being surrounded by awesome kids and awesome counselors, who are all such good examples to me.

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Camp Kesem at Teton Valley
Camp Kesem at Teton Valley
Camp Kesem at Teton Valley

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.

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

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The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

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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 Teton Valley 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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