Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
Summer 2020 Information TBA
Week 2 Session
Summer 2020 Information TBA
Week 3 Session

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

11/23/2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

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Make the Magic

Saturday, April 11th 2020

Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos, CA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Bridget 'Maple' Hanson: This year in Kesem I am looking forward to expanding both our volunteer and camper populations. I hope to bring more people in to Kesem to experience the magic. It has been a wonderful experience to watch our chapter continue to grow over the years.

Victoria 'Stem' Sokolov: Talent Show is always a magical ending to camp. Seeing all of these kids open up through the week and now are able to go in front of the whole camp and show their true selves is magical. One quiet camper, sang his favorite Beatles song.

Nikhla Gayatri 'Firefly' Kadiyala: My favourite Kesem memory is singing Lean on me during campfire!

Kaysie 'Basil' Anderson: Every SINGLE part of Camp!!!!

Clare 'Matcha' Ahearn: Preforming let it go at the talent show with my sneaky group of 11/12 year olds. Helping them feel confident with being their own goofy selves in front of the entire camp was a lot of fun!

Tara 'Elmo' Marashi: My favorite kesem memory was messy olympics because I got to be so goofy with my unit and do crazy things I would never do outside of camp.

Rowan 'Mulan' Wood: My favorite Kesem memory is making smores with the Green Unit for the entire camp. The kids were so excited and into it and it made the sticky process so much fun!

Molly 'Nemo' Hafer: My favorite memory was watching one of my campers who was quiet and didn't participate in many activities open up (and she was even a little sassy at cabin chat)

Elana 'River' Muzzy: The girls in my unit LOVED singing camp songs and one night after campfire, they refused to go to bed or have the lights turned off until the whole cabin sang Lean on Me and Linger.

Reanna 'Buttercup' Murthy: I'm very excited to be an Outreach Coordinator this year! I'm looking forward to expanding our chapters reach to welcome new and returning campers to camp this Summer!

Marleni 'Twix' Albarran: My favorite camp memory was comforting a camper during cabin chat. She was so brave and opened up to the group about her experience. Knowing that I helped her, made me realize just how impactful and amazing our work is.

Avery 'Kit' Bowen: I'm really looking forward to trying to recruit new campers this year! I think it's super important for us to try and get campers more locally, and help make our camp accessible to those around us. I also am just looking forward to camp!

Eugene 'Shadow' Lee: My favorite Kesem memory is the talent show. Talent show was full of amazing performances. I loved seeing the kids step out of their comfort zone and really just shine. And I loved the atmosphere of how supportive and respectful everyone was.

Aayush 'Bugs Bunny' Bhatawadekar: Making a personalized balloon for one of my campers then helping them carry it around during disco dance party.

Nicholas 'Naruto' Loza Smith: My favorite memory was when I convinced a camper named Penguin that every time time I snapped my fingers the wind would blow. The crazy thing was it actually worked every time I snapped. The look on his was amazing. I might have super powers.

Molly 'Alaska' McCabe: My favorite Kesem memory is singing "Let it Go" from Frozen with all of Purple Unit for the talent show.

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:

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

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

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The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

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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 Cruz was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director – meag.donnelly@kesem.org

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director – meag.donnelly@kesem.org

Meag joined Camp Kesem at West Virginia University in the chapter’s inaugural year in 2015 as an Outreach Coordinator. In the years to follow, she served as an Alumni, Marketing & PR Coordinator, followed by Co-Director her senior year. She also served as a Camp Advisor for the University of Kansas and University of Arkansas in the summer of 2018. She joined the Camp Kesem National team in August 2018 as a Regional Program Director. Meag graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing with a minor in Business Administration from WVU. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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.