Camp Kesem at University of Alabama

Camp Kesem at University of Alabama

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Camp Kesem at University of Alabama
Camp Kesem at University of Alabama

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/7/2020 - 6/12/2020

1240 Jordan Dam Rd, Wetumpka, AL 36092

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

Saturday March 7th 2020

Birmingham's Ensley Live Entertainment Loft

1816 Avenue East, Birmingham, AL

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Seth 'Joker' Hayes: My favorite Kesem memory is always the talent show because there's nothing better than all of the campers and counselors letting loose and having fun on the last night of camp!

Anna 'Kitty' Siegfried: I am really looking forward to Make the Magic!!

CJ 'Birk' Schmitt: One of my favorite Camp memories is from this summer, the green spent all week working on our talent show and when out & crushed it!

Cullen 'Turtle' Finnerty: I can not wait to see all of our amazing campers again at camp!

Cade 'Shaggy' Pfeifer: My favorite memory would have to be the Messy Games. Gallons of paint and shaving cream flew everywhere and covered everyone. It was a just an incredibly fun and wholesome experience to see those kids so happy just to be playing and goofing off.

Delia 'Sunflower' Smith: My favorite memory of Camp Kesem was the talent show. It was amazing watching these kids be so shy starting on day 1. But every day I got to see them bit by bit come out of their shells until they were truly all friends with eachother.

Neeley 'Fishstick' Boston: Our 2nd year of camp a rain storm trapped us in our tiny lodge common area and we had to have our talent show there! At first we were uncomfortable about it , but by the end, everyone was having so much fun the room didn’t even matter. I loved that!!

Kaitlyn 'Pookie' Mellon: My favorite memory was when I was a camper. My unit was having cabin chat on the tennis courts, under the stars. I looked around and felt truly loved, supported, and appreciated.

Chelsea 'Grace' Green: My favorite memory was at camp we did a talent show. The campers and some counselors performed the song Let it Go from frozen. Then all the campers and counselors joined in, and danced and sung with them as a group. This moment was so fun.

Hannah 'Pocky' Renda: My favorite Kesem memory was my last year as a camper. The LITs were able to have a campfire together and share laughter and crying. We were really able to bond.

Carolyn 'Koala' Crommelin: I am looking forward to being a part of a wonderful organization!

Nicholas 'Nacho' Wheeler: My favorite Kesem memory was during Messy Games last year when all the counselors got pied in the face with shaving cream.

Kyle 'Kansas' Verhaeg: My First Summer at Camp

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 University of Alabama

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

Camp Kesem at University of Alabama

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

Camp Kesem at University of Alabama

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 University of Alabama

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 University of Alabama was generously provided by Propack International.

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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.