Camp Kesem at UC Irvine

Camp Kesem at UC Irvine

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Camp Kesem at UC Irvine
Camp Kesem at UC Irvine

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

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


The Gray Matter Museum of Art

3209 Via Lido, Newport Beach CA 02660

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Lawrence 'Mac' Harvey: My favorite Kesem memory is when we shared with the whole camp that my co and I are becoming directors and my whole unit came up and gave me big group hug.

Kevin 'Russel' Truong: My favorite Kesem memory was doing cabin chats every night during camp. This is the time where we, as counselors and campers, are able to learn more about each other and talk about our experiences in our lives. It is super rewarding and humbling.

Wenny Alyssa "Lysol" Deocampo: My favorite Kesem memory is playing piano and guitar with the campers and just jamming to the music.

Jacob 'Cubby' Cravens-Meza: Looking forward to reaching all of our fundraising goals! My favorite memory is closing my eyes during any moment at camp and hearing laughter.

Nicole "Eggie" Choy: My favorite Kesem memory was having our first cabin chat and hearing everyone’s stories. It was the first time I truly felt the magic that Kesem has to offer.

Jennifer 'Auggie' Huynh: I am looking forward to expanding our chapter's impact and meeting more campers!

Vita 'Veets' Sari: My favorite Kesem memory was my first cabin chat! I got to witness new friends become so vulnerable with me and each other. I got to be a part of an empowering community.

Jeremy "Germ" Pfahler: My favorite memory was of one of the kids named BAM BAM who tried to wear my shoes and then said "I think I could use these as boats"

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 UC Irvine

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

Camp Kesem at UC Irvine

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

Camp Kesem at UC Irvine

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 UC Irvine

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 UC Irvine was generously provided by Edwards Lifesciences.

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.