Camp Kesem at UCLA

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

20075 Angeles Crest Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550

Week 2 Session
6/28/2020 - 7/4/2020

20075 Angeles Crest Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550

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


St. Monica Catholic Church

725 California Avenue, Santa Monica,CA904034

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Meet the Team

Taylor '' Lee: Walking on the top of a mountain ridge during the Little Hill hike, I looked out to all the campers and counselors walking hand in hand as the sun set, and the community, love, and care in the air was as tangible as the brilliant sunset behind us.

Simon 'BamBam' Hirschfield: I am looking forward to looking at Kesem through a new lens. Overseeing this exceptional committee is a big task, but I cannot wait to see what we accomplish and what we can make of this year :)

Patrick 'Granola' Wilson: During the night hike this past summer I had the chance to tell a story about how the stars came to be while the kids were making god's eyes. After a camper showed me his and pointed out how the yellow yarn poked through just like how the stars do.

Grace 'Panini' Tankersley: Right before bed on Empowerment day, we were all sitting on the floor, telling stories, making bracelets, and sharing our fears. It was beautiful to see our unit grow closer and lift each other up when they were down.

Bryce 'Blueberry' Maurer: My favorite Kesem memory took place coming back from my first week at camp with a camper named Mochi. It was her first year at camp just like mine and on the ride back she turned and looked at me and said "Blueberry, I don't want to leave Camp Kesem"

John 'Double Stuf' Lama: Hey everyone! My name's Double Stuf and I'm a second year Bioengineering Major. I'm so excited to be on committee for the 1st time and be more involved with the Kesem community. Camp is the best part of the year and I cant wait to see you all MKL!

Kiron 'TBell' Dey: My favorite Kesem memory was watching a camper in my unit blossom from a super shy new camper to a singing and dancing professional on stage. Watching him open up and create lasting friendships was truly rewarding.

Katherine "Chickpea" Reckamp: I'm looking forward to making the most of my final year in Camp Kesem. The memories and friends I've made along the way will truly impact me for the rest of my life. These kids are so special and deserve the absolute best week of camp we can offer!

Margot 'Moo' Leach: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be hanging out with some of my campers and co-counselors on a hill-side during sunset. Some of my campers started singing, and we were all just laughing and talking while watching the sun go down. It was magic.

Evelyn 'Tilden' Malamut: Singing "We Come From the Mountains" with my campers around the campfire

Emma 'Boop' Schumaker: Ah, there are too many memories to choose from! My favorite Kesem memory has to be making friendship bracelets with campers during chill time and laughing out of delirium. <3

Anastasia 'Sunflower' Martin: I am looking forward to making an even greater connections with the campers and their families. I am super excited to have a committee position, and cannot wait to be even more involved in Kesem this upcoming school year!

Daniel 'Chicken Joe' Dedina: My favorite memory in Kesem is taking my Teal Unit boys to watch the stars. It was the end of the week and we had all gotten pretty tight, and I just listened to kids who had known week talk with each other as if they had been friends for years.

Rebecca 'Cookie' Kianmahd: Hi I'm Cookie & I'm SO excited for this year! After 9 years of camp (I was a camper!), I have too many favorite memories, but watching my campers gain the confidence during the week to dance their hearts out at rock ’n roll b-fast is always magical!

Sofie 'Linguini' Sheldon: My favorite Kesem memory was writing a song with my yellow unit camper, Monkey, and performing it at the end of the week 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

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.