Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/7/2020

6981 W Co Rd 650 N, St Paul, IN 47272

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, February 29th, 2020

3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH

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Meet the Team

Veronica 'Jumping Bean' Romo: Favorite memory was first year of camp at the end of camp one of the camper families brought all the volunteers a rose and hugged and thanked every single volunteer for being a part of Kesem and being there for their family.

Rayla 'Scooby' Rohr: I always just love seeing the campers come out of their shells at our mock rock and talent shows. Kids will do the silliest acts like arm farts or stomach drumming and everyone is all for it and it's just a magical feeling!

Emily 'Honey ' Standen : I am looking forward to Make the Magic and of course camp!

Elizabeth 'Lilypad' Neiheisel: My favorite Kesem memory was my first year at camp, when my group went to the zip line. I am afraid of heights and one of my campers was as well. We decided to climb up together, jump off together, and continue to encourage and cheer each other on!

Derek 'Treenut' Walton II: My all time favorite Kesem memory is at closing campfire when we sing, "I Love the Mountains". I honestly want to cry every time we sing it, but it's extra special at closing campfire.

Abby 'Goo' Rembold: My favorite Kesem memory was Closing Circle. Sitting around the camp fire for the final time and singing with everyone gave me chills. It was a truly special time I will never forget, and I cannot wait for it again this year!

Nick 'Pluto' Gusching: My favorite Kesem memory was writing to campers towards the end of camp. It was great to sit down and reflect about how much of an impact it had on me.

Sydney 'Squiddles' Frederick: Being able to be the Red Unit leader and be with all of the younger kiddos. They made my day every single day. Being able to be a leader for them, makes me happy. Even parents brought up how much of a difference I made for this kids.

Jaclynn 'Jack Jack' Ruberg: My favorite Kesem memory was when the boy campers kept "tricking" me to say campers real names so I would have to eat baby food. They would come up with random riddles and knock-knock jokes until I would say a name.

Rachel 'Elsa' Budke: My favorite Kesem memory is always Messy Games! It's so fun to watch all the kids be their funny and goofy selves. It's even more fun to watch them forget about everything else and just be in the moment with their Kesem family.

Jalynn 'Piglet' Johnson: I am looking forward to seeing all of the campers and their families again at Friends and Family Day, and I am excited for Messy Games at camp!

Veronica 'Tink' Garberding: My favorite Kesem memory so far would be having to eat baby food for saying a non-Kesem name. Though it was nasty, it made the campers super happy and that is what I love to see. Big smiles on happy camper's faces is one of the many reasons I Kesem.

Mikaela 'Mickey' Allee: My favorite Kesem memory is when the TLP program did a campfire just the with the LITs. We spent great quality time together. We were able to bond in a way we hadn't been able to before. It was the most special night of the week for me.

Rachel 'Squirt' Reeder: My favorite Kesem memory encompasses camp in 2019. I was a one on one counselor for a camper with autism. This week with her was magical and rewarding because I was able to see her blossom in new friendships and step our of her comfort zone.

Matt 'Gopher' York: My favorite Kesem memory was the last cabin chat with the yellow unit kids. It was a perfect blend of emotional and hilarious, and it made my heart so full.

Sydney 'Cocoa ' Grill : My favorite Kesem memory has been my first counselor training retreat last year. This is when I really felt the difference that Kesem makes within individuals involved and I think was a huge turning point in my Kesem experience.

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 Cincinnati

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

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

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

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati was generously provided by the Johnson 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

Abi Yates, Regional Program Director –
Abi Yates, Regional Program Director –

Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.