YMCA Santa Maria
51321 US Highway 285, Grant, CO 80448
Blue Mountain Ranch
11227 Co Rd 98, Florissant, CO 80816
Fall Friends + Family Day
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Spring Friends + Family Day
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Friday, April 24th, 2020
SKYLIGHT, 833 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO
Emily 'Sandy' Rumsey: Every summer, my favorite camp memory is the final campfire when everyone links arms to sing "Lean On Me"; I always get chills watching people who were strangers 5 days earlier have the comfort to laugh, hug, and love each other.
Brittney 'Sox' Lafond: My favorite Kesem memory is always the juxtaposition of the first day and last day of camp. I love seeing campers arrive on the first day excited and nervous and I love seeing the last day when campers are counting down the days until next Camp Kesem
Zoë 'Quokka' McKinney: My favorite camp memory was making smores at the campfire with all of my Kesem friends and Cake (yellow camper) who was wearing a narwhal onesie and bedazzled birthday crown. So much love, so much Kesem.
Cameron 'Banksy' Spiller: My favorite Kesem memory was my first Kesem campfire. I love making s'mores and singing camp songs, so doing all of that around a campfire was so amazing.
Ann Marie 'Sully' O'Sullivan: My favorite memory is the look in the kids eyes when they arrive to camp. Memories come flooding back for returners and first timers are excited to learn what camp is all about!
Rachel 'Latte' Emmitt: My favorite part about camp was cabin chats and getting to see everybody grow and become closer and gain a sense of community throughout the week! I can't wait to keep building these relationships next year.
Michael 'Fish' DiPaolo: I can't pick just one. All of it - all of camp. Seeing the smiles on everyone's faces, especially the camper.
Drew 'Wonder' Gaines: My favorite Kesem memory is seeing the kids and family members at Friends and Family Day.
Melissa 'Belle' Behrer: My favorite Kesem memory is getting attacked with paint by all of my green unit girls during messy wars
Lucas 'Lil Twenty' Wagoner: Singing country roads with my unit after a particularly hard cabin chat.
Rebecca 'Ace' Berezin: My favorite Kesem memory is when during a cabin chat after empowerment, my unit gave a group hug to one of the girls who was struggling to share about her experience.
Nicolette 'Flip' Pellerin: My favorite Kesem memory is when we put on a talent show. I distinctly remember looking at the crowd of people and I saw so many smiling faces. It was a really fun and intimate moment with the entire camp that I will never forget.
Presley 'Ivory' Coonts: My favorite Kesem memory was my first year of camp and we had just finished Color Wars. It was incredible to look around and see the genuine smiles on every face, then we all got in a circle and chanted "Kesem." It was amazing to see the Kesem love!
Lucas 'Lil Twenty ' Wagoner: After a particularly open and well shared cabin chat with the red boys, one of the campers, Sonic, started singing country roads and everyone joined in.
Devon 'Lucky' Hanson: My favorite Kesem memory is when I got to lead all of the campers on a hike at camp last summer.
Mallika 'Coco' Kumar: My favorite Kesem memory was the campfire on the last night of camp when everyone was singing all the camp songs we had learned throughout the week. I am already looking forward to seeing my old and new campers next year!
Jack 'Starlord' Carter: My favorite Kesem memory is the last cabin chat before camp ended. A camper was having a very hard time after empowerment, and so a fellow counselor and I let her paint our nails. At the last chat, she said it was her favorite camp moment.
Jake 'French Fry' Melara: My favorite Kesem memory by far was when one of my campers Blue Cottoncandy picked up a massive log and said, "Hey French Fry look I have a PIZOOKA" while my co-counselors were saying, "No no put down your PIZOOKA!"
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.
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.