Camp Kesem at University of Maine

Camp Kesem at University of Maine

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Camp Kesem at University of Maine
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/21/2020

Camp Jordan

101 Camp Jordan Way, Ellsworth, ME 04605

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


Penobscot Valley Country Club

366 Main St, Orono, ME 04473

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Lior 'Pine Sap' Dahan: This year for Kesem I'm looking forward to grow our chapter at the University of Maine by getting more volunteers and campers so that we can help more people in the Maine area

Anna 'Smoothie' Zmistowski: My favorite Kesem memory was leading Empowerment and getting the unique opportunity to see each an every camper's lives permanently changed for the better.

Harley 'Pebbles' Rogers: For the talent show, my cabin and another both performed a Disney song, which we had all learned the words to over the week as we had played in every night getting ready for bed, and every morning getting ready for the day!

Jordan 'Photon' Jenkins: My favorite Kesem memory is definitely the messy games that we play. Nothing beats getting covered in paint and shaving cream, then jumping into the lake afterwards. The smiles on everyones faces are priceless.

Jasmine 'Jaws' Olivares: My favorite Kesem memory is the talent show. I think the word talent scares people, but in all honesty it's a time for campers and counselors to come up and just have fun, highlighting each's individual personality and giving support to one another.

April "Munchkin" Woodman: This summer I am SO looking forward to meeting new campers, along with reuniting with our campers from last year!

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 Maine

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

Camp Kesem at University of Maine

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

Camp Kesem at University of Maine

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 Maine

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 Maine was generously provided by Robert W. and Susan T. Brown 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

Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director –
Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director –

Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.