Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

Week 1: June 1-6, 2019

Blue Mountain Ranch

11227 Co Rd 98

Florissant, CO 80816

Week 2: August 5-10, 2019

Camp Granite Lake

11902 Camp Eden Rd

Golden, CO 80403

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

2019 Dates: TBD

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 28, 2019

Please contact us for more details!

Make the Magic

April 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Field House Event Venue

1600 Federal Boulevard

Denver, CO 80204

Tickets Available Soon

Meet the Team

Emily “Sandy” Rumsey: I’m Sandy and I’m a current Junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder majoring in International Affairs and Journalism with a Chinese minor. While born in Texas, I’ve called Colorado my home for 8 years. I joined Kesem my freshman year alongside my best friend and have loved it ever since. I was named after my love for the beach, although I am afraid of going in the water.

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Conner “Doc” Driver: I’m Doc and I love to play the guitar and sing. Only been a part of camp for one year, but I’m completely hooked. Check out my band Maddie’s Changed on Spotify

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Rylee “Treble” MacLean: Hey, I’m Treble! A music geek since birth, you can probably find me playing guitar around a campfire with friends or listening to live music at local cafes. I’m a certified yoga instructor and lover of all things nature related, and I’m happiest when barefoot. Proud proponent of the motto “Camp self, best self”.

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Zoë “Quokka” McKinney: Hi, I’m Quokka! Although I have been in CO for 3 years, I still get, “ohhh, you’re from Minnesoooota” on the daily basis. Can’t complain though, it one of the best states. The quokka is my spirit animal and I encourage all of you to look it up if you want instant joy.

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Presley “Ivory” Coonts: I’m Ivory and I got my name from my love of playing the piano! I’m a sophomore from Denver and I’m so happy that I found my Kesem family here in Boulder! My first camp this past summer got me hooked on the Kesem magic and I’m ready to take on this responsibility!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Ann Marie “Sully” O’Sullivan: I’m Sully and I am a sophomore at CU studying Business Management. I am from Chicago and I love to go skiing, travel, and eat! I joined Kesem freshman year and fell in love it. Camp Kesem has already taught me so much and is truly amazing! My favorite part in camp is paint wars because it brings everyone together and the kids love it!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Rafael “Houdini” Orozco is just your standard college student. When he’s not, unsuccessfully, reading people’s minds, he’s often blowing their minds instead. Nothing gives him a greater joy than showing kids, and sometimes adults, that the impossible is actually possible.

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Kaitlin “Prez” James: Hi I’m Prez! Although my camp name suggests I like politics, I actually plan on being a Physicians Assistant! I am very active in my sorority but Kesem is an organization unlike any other. These kids inspire me everyday and I could not be happier that I joined this organization!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Georgia “Peaches” Reis: Hi, I’m Peaches! I’m a junior studying IPHY and have always called Colorado home! My older brother (14er) got me into Kesem my freshman year and I could not be happier he did!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Taylor “Anchor” Peterson: I’m Anchor, and it’s my third year in Camp Kesem. Being able to be a part of this organization has been such an incredible addition to my life, and has helped reaffirm my passion for my studies and future career in the healthcare industry.

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Caley “Plato” Halloran: Hey I’m Plato and my name comes from my love of philosophy. I love deep conversations, yoga, vegan snacks, my hot pink Birks, fanny packs, actively avoiding anything cardio-related, and the incredible family I found in Camp Kesem!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Kelly “Noodles” Lenneman: Hi I’m Noodles and I have been told by my fellow yellow counselors that my biggest strength is getting knots out of anything and everything. I’m a senior studying to become a PA and couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this amazing family!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
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Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Kaycie “Ember” Shubert: Hey I’m Ember and I love traveling, my sorority, everything outdoors, but most importantly, Kesem! I never imagined that these kids would have such a large impact on my life and motivate me in my studies to become a nurse everyday!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

James “Scooby” Scheurer: I’m Scooby and I’m born and raised in the Midwest still confuses mountains with hills. Hobbies include long walks on the beach, CrossFit, and drinking La Croix.

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

Indya “Pitbull” Markovic: I’m Pitbull and I can’t see a dog walking and not pet it, hence my name. I’m trading the lights in Vegas for the mountains in Colorado and I absolutely love it!

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder
Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

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 Colorado Boulder

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

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

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

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder

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 Colorado Boulder

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 Colorado Boulder was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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@kesem.org
Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org

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.

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Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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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.

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Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

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Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.

Camp Kesem at University of Colorado Boulder