Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

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Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/6/2020 - 7/11/2020

34434 S Y Camp Rd, Oracle, AZ 85623

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


Arizona History Museum

949 E Second St

Tucson AZ 85719

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

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.

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!!

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 Arizona

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

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

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

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

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 Arizona

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 Arizona was generously provided by No Excuses University.

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

Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –
Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.