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Catherine 'Sprinkles' Gavin: My favorite Kesem memory is when we went on our very first luminary walk. All of us walked down as a camp to a place that overlooked all the mountains, with all of our luminaries in front of us, and we sang camp songs and supported each other.
Morgan 'Jiggawatt' Gascho: My favorite camp memory was when we had our boat races. The boats were made of cardboard and fell apart once in the water, but the amount of cheering and overall support our campers gave to each other was heart warming! It was also seriously funny!!
Benji 'Cardinal ' Knapp: I'm most looking forward to getting to meet all the children at camp who's life we've had the ability to impact. As well as broadening the reach Camp Kesey has in our community.
Blaze 'Swing' Borowski: Time with friends
Madeline 'Turtle ' Adams : Singing camp songs with my green girls on the way to and from the mess hall.
Isabella 'Moana' Glorioso: My favorite Kesem memory was when we put on a talent show at Camp. Seeing all of the kids show off their skills and having fun was an amazing experience!
Aldo 'Spidey' Mell: I am excited about the first-ever Make the Magic event for our chapter. I am also excited to meet campers this year.
Sullivan 'Seahorse' Brimmer: Watching the magic of camp unfolding for the first time.
Cierra 'Pleiades' Smith: My favorite Kesem memory is playing Spicy Uno with my green girls, and making friendship bracelets for hours!
James 'Jay' Rozelle: This is the UofA's second year as a chapter and I am excited to see us grow since our first year. Last year's camp was an incredible experience and meeting campers was fantastic so I'm excited to see those campers return and meet new ones.
Vanessa 'Pricklie Pear' Friedman: I'm looking forward to meeting new campers that can be a part of our Camp Kesem Family
Kyle 'Papagayo' Johnson: My favorite Kesem memory was having the first cabin chat with the monkeys :). Things were chaotic!
Suranjana 'Poppy' Rahman: The campers who weren't even in my cabin would chant my name to get me to "Do my thing."
Emmma 'Panda' Heitkamp: I am very excited to go to Summit this year. Members of my board went last year and had a blast! I am excited to see what nationals is all about and I want more merchandise!!
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:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
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.
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.