Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

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Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/10/2020 - 8/15/2020

179 Blue Star Way, Hendersonville, NC 28739

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

Friday, March 27th 2020

George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Chapel Hill, NC

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Michael '' Snider: This is my third and final year of Kesem and I’m honored to serve as one of your co-directors this year. Camp Kesem has been the best choice I’ve made in college and I’m already counting down the days till Camp Kesem 2020!

Alexandra 'Elastic' Barry: My favorite Kesem memory is meals at camp last year when mealtime would turn into a dance party!

Ally 'Hog' Harper: Narrowing down a favorite Kesem memory is probably one of the hardest things to do. One of my favorite memories was after empowerment when I saw the overflowing amount of love and support my campers had for one another. It truly warmed my heart.

Mallory 'Leak' Garner: Working with our campers who have special needs!

Emma 'Gluten' Wolitzky: Doing the "Git Up" dance with my 6-9 girls cabin at the talent show this year at camp was sooo much fun and every camper and counselor loved it :)

Kevin 'Bib' Rodriguez: My favorite Kesem memory was getting to stay up and write letters to the campers on the last night of camp with the other counselors!

Andrew 'Cabbage' Worsham: I am looking forward to another great camp!

Will 'Shelf' Gardner: My favorite Kesem memory is seeing the kids' excitment when alumni come back to visit camp. Kesem truly extends far beyond college!

Reed 'Aglet' Macdonald: My favorite kesem memory is when, as a camper, I came out for the first time to anyone to my friend I'd made at camp in years prior. We're still very close today, and I was lucky to have such a wonderful first-coming-out experience.

Samantha 'Virus' Silverstein: I am looking forward to seeing all of our campers smiling faces this summer!

Hayden 'Goblin' Hunley: My favorite Kesem memory is when we got to use the "blob" during lake time last year. The campers loved it, especially when I accidentally did a belly flop off of it!!

Amanda 'Lentil' Dalmau: Kesem has allowed me to channel my experiences with cancer towards empowering the younger generation of campers and helped me find other people my age who are doing the same!

Kristina 'Yolk' Lane: This year, I'm looking forward to recruiting incredible members and counselors to UNC's organization!

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 UNC–Chapel Hill

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

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

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

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

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 UNC–Chapel Hill

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

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director –

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.

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.