Camp Kesem at University of Arkansas

Camp Kesem at University of Arkansas

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Camp Kesem at University of Arkansas
Camp Kesem at University of Arkansas

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/02/2020 - 8/07/2020

Shepherd's Fold Ranch

185 River Ave

Avant, OK 74001

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, April 4th, 2020

Kindred Barn

8606 Old Graphic Road, Mulberry AR 72947

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Lauren 'Snickers ' Frala: My favorite memory is always the talent show and seeing the kids come out of their shell!

Tyler 'Boo Boo' Asher: Serving as a Senior CA this summer and being able to see Kesem Magic across the entire country! It was such a learning experience and molded me into a better director!

Molly 'Goob' Lebermann: My favorite Kesem memory was watching Goku perform at the talent show!

Hannah 'Honey Butter' Watson: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be competing in the pagent show and having my girls dress me all up and plan out everything down to my skit and act!

Levi 'Scuba' McCreary: My favorite kesem memory is during last years camp during messy games, when we played duck duck goose with slime, all the campers kept picking me and my hair got absolutely covered with slime.

Kate 'Kicks' Mrachek: Some of my favorite Kesem memories are my cabin chats and Goku and Yeti's performances at the Talent Show.

Ashlyn 'Sky' Anderson : My favorite Kesem memory is when Snickerdoodle said her dream job would be working at Target.

Ryne 'Dino' Fletcher: My favorite Kesem memory was being able to travel to other kesem chapters and experience the magic that all chapters have. Everyone at these chapters have touched my heart and impacted my life for the better. Kesem will forever be in my heart!

Walker 'Ranger' Harbison: My favorite camp Kesem memory was playing human foosball and seeing the impact Kesem has on the campers' lives.

Brittany 'Cupcake' Kuykendall: I am looking forward to messy games and color wars.

Ashley 'Socks' Berghoff: My favorite Kesem memory was my first Kesem talent show, I got up on stage and got to breakdance for the first time. I couldn't stop laughing!

Justin 'J' Moore: I am looking forward to our best year yet!

Daniele 'Sandy' Gibbons: My favorite Kesem Memory is always watching the new campers become part of our family. Witnessing them find a home in one another and blossom is so humbling to watch. Kesem love is special, it is something that grows and will last for a lifetime.

claire 'waffles' seibert: My favorite Kesem memory is this team building exercise we did with the Tier 1 and Tier 2 campers called Chopped. They had to use these really gross ingredients to make a dish that the judges, the counselors, had to try to eat and then pick a winner.

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 Arkansas

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

Camp Kesem at University of Arkansas

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

Camp Kesem at University of Arkansas

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 Arkansas

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 the University of Arkansas was generously provided by UST Global.

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

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director –
Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director –

Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a Development Coordinator and two-year Co-Director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado.

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.