Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

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Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/12/2020 - 7/17/2020

1771 Camp Alamisco Rd., Dadeville, AL 36853

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 18th 2020

Fort Conde

150 S Royal St Mobile AL 36602

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Jacob 'Spruce' Green: I am looking forward to seeing the life-changing memories that the campers are going to make at camp!

Abby Grace 'Goose' Praytor: My favorite part about Camp Kesem is seeing how happy the campers are at camp. We truly are one big family and when we see each other after a year away it's like we haven't missed a beat. I am so excited to make this camp year the best it can be!!!

mckenna 'big mac' souder: The thing that I am looking forward to this year the most is definitely how I can impact this year's chapter by being apart of the coord board! I have been a camper for 5 years, and now attend USA, so I am thrilled to finally be able to plan this!!!

Srinayane 'Stitch' Ramamurthy: My favorite Kesem memory is when I went back to camp my second year and the campers recognized me and came to give me a hug! It made my heart full!!

Metty 'Tink' Wilson: I am looking forward to meeting some amazing kids who I hope I can have a positive impact on. I can't wait to build relationships with children who deserve to have a great week!

Perri 'Snoopy' Fortune: Since I lost my mom to brain cancer when I was 13, I can't wait to see how I will be able to relate to these sweet kiddos and help them find joy in the midst of current chaos and struggles.

ANNA 'Pebbles' SHUNNARAH: Messy Olympics!

Sara Kate 'Dobby' Jackson: I'm looking forward to meeting all of the campers this year and seeing them have a great week of fun.

Elana 'Pepper' Lambert: This year I am looking forward to getting even more involved in Kesem since last year was my first year. I feel so lucky to plan and put on camp for the best kids in the world.

Mary 'bean' Moore: My favorite kesem memory was giving out paper plate awards and getting the biggest hug from a camper.

Jayla 'Mermaid' Baker: I am excited to meet the kids and do various fun activities with them in order to shine a little light on their difficult situation

Gabriel 'MacGyver' Sweatt: I love Empowerment! To me, it is the best part of camp because it brings us all together and reminds everyone how incomprehensible pain can create the most profound love!

Hazel 'Noot' Higginbotham: I am looking forward to taking part in getting more students on campus involved this year and recruiting new counselors.

William 'Poet' Bishop: I am excited to be a mentor, and to make an impact on the campers! This will be my first year at Kesem and I'm looking forward to the lasting memories and the opportunity to build  a stronger sense of leadership.

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 South Alabama

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

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

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

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

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 South Alabama

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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides 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.