Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

July 28 – August 2, 2019

Lions Camp at Teresita Pines

22801 Big Pines Hwy

Wrightwood, CA 92397

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 17, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

March 9, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 6, 2019 at 6:00pm

345 East 9th Street, Claremont, CA

Claremont, CA 91711

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Meet the Team

Sabrina “Jellybean” Wu is a junior at Scripps College, majoring in Human Biology and wants to be a nurse. Sabrina enjoys hanging out with friends, doing aerial silks, working with toddlers at the Claremont Children’s School, and working as a football athletic trainer. She loves her campers and can’t wait to see them again this summer. Camp Kesem is very special to her because of the strong and joyful campers she has met and because of how supportive the Kesem family is.

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Bryan “Poofy” Santti is a senior at Pomona college and is majoring in Molecular Biology. He loves spending time in the lab doing research and working on projects. Poofy loves learning about chemistry and biological processes. When he is not the lab, he loves eating or binge watching Netflix series. His current favorite is the Dragon Prince. Poofy is super excited to have an amazing time with campers this summer.

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Mira “Mochi” Yoo is a second year majoring in Economics and Psychology at Claremont Mckenna College. She is on the CMS Womens’ golf team and enjoys playing with other golfers from different schools. In her spare time, she likes to watch Netflix and search for the next best spot for her food adventures.

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Joyce “Fefe” Hsiou is a first year at Pitzer College majoring in Human Biology. She enjoys teaching, making crafts and playing games with children. Outside the classroom, she loves to travel and eat, build lego figures, piece puzzles and design! In her free time, she plays the piano and cello and plans to learn how to play the guitar. Through Kesem, she hopes to leave a positive impact on children’s lives and anticipates meeting all the campers throughout the year!

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Callie “Munch” Morken: Introducing one of our Development Coordinators and camp counselors, Munch! Munch is a sophomore at Scripps College, hopefully majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. She loves all things Camp Kesem, and her favorite camp song is the donut song! Outside of Kesem and schoolwork, she also is an avid rock climber and aspiring aerialist. She loves snowboarding, Panic! at the Disco, and horror movies (even though she has nightmares for weeks after).

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Perla “Snickerdoodle” Barajas: My name is Snickerdoodle! I am a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College and I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. I’m hoping to major in Human Biology. I first heard about Camp Kesem. I decided that it is such a great cause to be a part of. I absolutely love working with children and if I can be a part of planning an event for children who have faced hardship at such a young age, I want to be a part of that magic. Besides college and CK, I love to paint and watch some good movies or shows on Netflix.

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Sonia “Dodo” Malik is a first year at Scripps College, looking to be a biology major. She is very excited to be a part of Camp Kesem. Besides these activities, she plays in an intramural inner tube water polo team for CMS. She loves spending time with friends, exploring new places, and soaking up the Southern California sun.

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Geum “Arrow” Kim: is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in Accounting Economics with a Sequence in Finance. He chose the name “Arrow” because of his love for Olympic archery. He enjoys being out in nature, surfing, and spends a lot of time tinkering with his car. He can’t wait for his second year of Camp Kesem and reconnecting with the campers he met last year.

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Jodie “Scuba” Horowitz is a senior at Scripps College studying Human Biology and Cross-Cultural Health. She’s a certified NAUI Divemaster! When she’s not studying or diving, she’s skating for the 5C roller derby team, painting, reading, listening for new music to play on her college radio show. Scuba absolutely can’t wait for her third summer at Camp Kesem. She’s looking forward to the campers teaching her how to make fancy friendship bracelets!

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Melissa “Straw-B” Dzinoreva: Meet Straw-B, a new operations coordinator, pum pum pum! Straw-B is a first year at Pomona College, looking forward to majoring in Biology or Neuroscience with a minor in Ecomonics. Due to her love for Strawberries and Bananas, she decided to go with Straw-B as her camp name(the B is for Bananas). Straw-B loves listening to music, going on adventure walks , watching the sunset and singing group camp songs. Straw-B is looking forward to attend her first camp and meeting new friends.

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Cindy “Cyndaquil” Rezk is a Senior at Scripps College majoring in Biology and minoring in psychology! She does research on the structure of fish and gecko eyes at the Keck Science Department with Carebear and Panda. When she is free, you can find Cyndaquil watching stranger things and other Netflix shows with friends! Cyndaquil joined Camp Kesem because she wanted to help out in anyway she could. She can’t wait to go back to camp next summer and see all of the campers!

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Miriam “Jellyfish” Li Hauer-Jensen: Introducing Jellyfish, one of our new Outreach Coordinators! Jellyfish is a sophomore at Scripps College, planning on majoring in Organismal Biology with a minor in Music. She hopes to be a marine biologist one day. She is a part of the Claremont Colleges Orchestra, playing violin, and takes lessons as well. Additionally, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She is super excited to take on this role and hopefully can meet the campers this summer!

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
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The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Gianna “Stitch” Wu: Hello! My name is Stitch, and I am a fourth year at Pomona College majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. This is my fourth year being a part of this amazing organization, and I can’t wait to see all of the campers next summer! My favorite camp activities are messy wars, silly counselor, and mystery chef. At school, I also play the violin and do track and field (sprints and jumps). For fun, I like watching shows on Netflix and getting boba.

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

Andrew “Taco” Choi is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College and is currently pursuing a double major in Biochemistry and Applied Mathematics. Taco loves to study and read about stem cells and all things biology. He loves to eat Korean and Mexican food, and when he’s not eating, he’s either playing tennis or hiking at Mount Baldy. Taco is V EXCITED for this year!

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Sophia “Sky” Cheng: Introducing one of our volunteer coordinators – Sky! Sky is a sophomore at Harvey Mudd College, majoring in Mathematical and Computational Biology. She is a pianist and violinist who loves classical music and theater. She enjoys playing tennis, soccer, badminton, swimming, and rock climbing. In her free time, she dances in her room and sings in the shower, sometimes too loudly. One of Sky’s favorite camp memories is being the human sundae in messy war.

Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges
Camp Kesem at The Claremont Colleges

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@kesem.org
Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director – chelsea.saurer@kesem.org

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.

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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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