Camp Kesem at the Claremont Colleges

Camp Kesem at the Claremont Colleges

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Camp Kesem at the Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at the Claremont Colleges

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/26/2020 - 7/31/2020

Lions Camp at Wrightwood Village

22801 Big Pines Hwy

Valyermo, CA 93563

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

Saturday April 11th 2020

The Hampton Room

1030 North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Perla 'Snicks' Barajas: I loved camp 2019!! It was my first time attending camp and I enjoyed every second of it. I loved being in the mountains with wonderful children who had fun and created everlasting bonds with each other.

Melissa "Straw-B" Dzinoreva: Our last family friend and family day. I really enjoyed meeting the campers. I am looking forward to organizing more events that involve community engagement

Jason 'Fish' Lu: Meeting a camper named "Blue" and asking him why he chose Blue as his name. I thought it was becasue his favorite color was blue. But actually it was because of the dinosaur in Jurassic World

Audrey 'Dory' Connell: I'm looking forward to seeing the campers at Friends and Family day and connecting with them and their families again!

Sabrina 'Jellybean' Wu: Human Mario Kart at camp :) It was chaotic and so fun.

Miriam 'Jellyfish' Hauer-Jensen: My favorite Kesem memory is spring Friends and Family Day last year when we made friendship bracelets with the campers and played sharks and minnows.

Mikayla 'Mickey' Chang: This year I am looking forward to getting to bond with the campers and camper families further before camp during events like Friends and Family Day!

Andrew 'Taco' Choi: HIGHLY looking forward to this year's camp! I am so excited to meet new and returning campers and create new and FUN memories!!

Mira 'Mochi' Yoo: My favorite Kesem Memory was during the Fall Friends and Family Day. I got to meet most of the campers and learned how to make friendship bracelets with one of them.

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 the Claremont Colleges

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

Camp Kesem at the Claremont Colleges

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

Camp Kesem at the Claremont Colleges

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 the Claremont Colleges

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 the Claremont Colleges was generously provided by Honest Company.

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

Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director –
Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director –

Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.

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.