Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/20/2020 - 6/26/2020

Rotary's Camp Florida

1915 Camp Florida Rd

Brandon, FL 33510

Week 2 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/8/2020

YMCA Camp Winona

898 Camp Winona Rd

De Leon Springs, FL 32130

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, March 21st 2020

Centro Asturiano de Tampa, 1913 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Andrew 'Yoda' Kozlin: I'm looking forward to facilitating the best camp possible for our incredibly inspiring and deserving campers.

Hannah 'Bug' Fox: As an intern at an elementary school, one of our campers is in my 5th grade class. I overheard him telling one of his friends about how the yarn on his wrist represented his family. It reminded me of the special bond Kesem creates.

Olivia 'Doodle' Andrews: My favorite Kesem memory is being reunited with all my campers from the previous year! Having ten little girls be super excited to see you is the best feeling ever.

Jess 'Berry' Slater: My favorite Kesem memory was when we took a riverboat to some of the Florida springs to snorkel, and a manatee swam up to my campers and I! My campers were so excited to see and swim with the manatee, and the moment was truly magical.

Victoria 'Rei' Mertin: My favorite Kesem memory was a mini empowerment session that we did during cabin chat one night with Red Unit girls. I am looking forward to seeing them again this year at Kesem and making my senior year at camp the best one yet!

Jason 'Patrick Star' Patrick: My favorite Kesem memory was during empowerment. Having the opportunity to be able to not only share the things that I have went through but to be able to experience hearing everyone else's hardships and offering them support meant so much to me.

Zackery 'Zebra' Stelmashenko: My favorite Kesem memory is sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing camp songs.

Olivia 'Olive' Williams: I'm excited to get more involved in this organization. I cannot wait to see the Make the Magic event come together.

Kaelyn 'Bee' Baustert: I'm looking forward to planning and organizing UF's Make the Magic this year! I am excited to see what takes place behind the scenes of the Kesem magic.

John 'CENA' Cerillo: I am looking forward to putting on a great camp this year and allowing our campers to become close to one another and support each other through and beyond their hardships.

Adam 'Sharkbait' Yurigan: I am looking forward to working as an Operations Coordinator this year! I have thoroughly enjoyed being a counselor these past two years of Camp. As an Operations team, we are hoping to put on the best Camp yet!

Luca 'Bean' Stauble: I am looking forward to impacting children and helping make camp run as smoothly as possible. Last year was my first year of camp and I learned a lot from my orange group. I hope to make camp this year the best one yet!

Coralee 'Chef' Stangarone: My favorite kesem memory is always the talent show! I love seeing everyone come out of their shell and have a blast! This year I am looking forward to working up enough courage to go on the lake blob!

Colby 'Honu' Coats: Having one of my sweet campers make the counselors paper plates after we had given all of them paper plate awards. She was such an affectionate little girl, very loving, and always hugging all her counselors. She gave me the "best counselor award."

Emily 'Curly' Manning: I am looking forward to seeing all of the children's excitement and happiness at camp!

Marguerite 'Daisy' Bonhomme: My favorite Kesem memory and something that I will always look forward to is empowerment. It is a time where everyone can come together to acknowledge our common circumstances in a way that is beautiful. Empowerment stenghthens our relationships.

Jose 'Pinu' Santivanez: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be the time I tossed a marshmallow to a fellow counselor as part of a play fight and it landed in his mouth.

Payton 'Cheeto' Beckles: I am most looking forward to spending my final camp with my favorite people. These past four years in Kesem have been magical and I am so thankful for the people I have met along the way.

Fiona 'Snooks' Keefe: My favorite memory is playing mermaid school at camp. The kids loved it so much and it was so great to see them having fun

Aaron 'Sling' Mago: My favorite Kesem memory was when we took our unit to the springs during camp and while we were swimming a manatee swam into the spring. The kids had so much fun watching and swimming after it and it was amazing to see!

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 University of Florida

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

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

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

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

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 University of Florida

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.