Camp Kesem at UC Santa Barbara

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Barbara

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Camp Kesem at UC Santa Barbara
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Barbara

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/6/2020 - 7/11/2020

Camp Whittier

2400 CA-154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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


Santa Barbara Hillel

781 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Kayla 'Bean' Poursalimi: I cant wait to see our returning again and make new connections with our new campers! I loved seeing them all open up and grow over the week of camp.

Donna 'Pinecone' Blockhus: This year I'm looking forward to seeing our chapter hit all of our goals so that we can plan the best week of camp possible to bring the biggest smiles to our campers faces.

Tal 'Chipmunk' Richter: I'm looking forward to a fun and productive year with lots of new people! I can't wait to do my part for a cause that really matters to me.

Sheila 'Sheesh Kebab' Tabar: I am looking forward towards a fantastic year, working with awesome coordinators to ensuring that campers have an amazing time this summer! I intend using my marketing and communication skills to design and plan events and content this year.

Ryan 'Monkey' Ishii: I am looking forward to having the opportunity to help others. . Growing up, I had three family members who were diagnosed with cancer, and as a child, it was more than difficult to handle. I want to provide help to others that I wish I had myself.

Laoura 'Yoshi' Parkhomovskaya: I loved having a gingerbread house competition at Friends and Family Day, singing camp songs together, and getting to know everyone! :)

Abigail 'Dragonfly' Stevens: Hi! I am Abigail "Dragonfly" Stevens, I am a second year English and French double major. I am really looking forward to being part of an organization like this and helping to create the Make the Magic event!

Hadar 'Tweety' Amar: I'm looking forward to making new friends and having an impact in a child's life.

Madison 'Ocean' Kirkpatrick: I am looking forward to meeting amazing people.

Kevin 'Avocado' Orlebeck: My favorite memory was playing catch with some of the kids.

Lauren 'Mushu' Rivas: This year, I'm looking forward to seeing returning campers, meeting new ones, and making friendship bracelets!!

Liad 'Macaroni' Shabtay: Although I sadly won't be attending camp this year, I'm excited to get to know all our new and returning families and ensure that everyone has a great time at camp this summer!

Jacqueline 'Sunny ' Gerson : My favorite Kesem memory is being made into an ice cream sundae from head to toe. While I don't think I'll ever experience being drenched in chocolate syrup and sprinkles ever again in my life, I loved how much fun the children had. It was priceless!

Victoria 'Potato' Porter: My best memory was when I saw how excited everyone was to be back at camp this year and so welcoming to me in my first year! It was so great to meet all of the campers and their families! :)

Alexander 'Firefly' Nicholson: One of my favorite memories was playing Gaga ball, the campers had the councelors all play each other and were cheering on their cabins.

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 Santa Barbara

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

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Barbara

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

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Barbara

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 Santa Barbara

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 University of California Santa Barbara was generously provided by the Tower Cancer Research 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

Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –
Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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.