Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

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Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/23/2020 - 8/28/2020

24959 Pen Mar Rd, Highfield-Cascade, MD 21719

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, March 28th, 2020

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, 7801 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Kelsey 'Giggles' Weissburg: My favorite Kesem memory was watching all of our returning campers welcome the new campers and counselors with open arms this past summer. I can't wait to see all of the Kesem magic that this year will bring!

Logan 'French Toast' Dechter: My favorite Kesem memory was watching our current Volunteer Coords sing a song that some of our recent graduates brought to our chapter two years ago and realizing that our magical Kesem traditions are eternal.

Mekelit 'Gouda' Bellay: This year I am looking forward to have more campers at camp, and to sing lots of silly songs with them!!

Jackie 'Flounder' Quinones: My favorite Kesem memory is my first cabin chat because the amount of love and understanding in the room was so strong and special. I am most looking forward to meeting all of our campers and having more naming ceremonies!

Heather 'Shine' Bacon: So far my favorite Kesem memory has been Coordinator board retreat! I am SO excited for 2020 camp, to so meet so many wonderful campers.

Robin 'Ribbon' Bachkosky: My favorite Kesem memory is my first empowerment at camp. It was incredible to hear each individual story and to connect on this level with others that I wouldn't have outside of Kesem. That's the magic of Kesem and the invisible string.

Tiffany 'Boots' Su: My favorite Kesem memory was sitting in a circle the last night of camp and singing camp songs together.

Corinne 'Froote' Rasch: I am looking forward to raising more funds to welcome more campers than ever before.

Alex 'Doorbuster' Martinez: My favorite Kesem memory is playing blob tag with all the kids for the first time. It was so competitive and tiring!

Rachel 'Twirl' Schrier: My favorite Kesem memory is watching two of my campers, who came to camp very hesitant, become best friends and support each other during every camp activity!

Naomi 'Taco' Flores: I am looking forward to planning my first year of camp alongside my co-coordinator, Nemo, and getting to know all the amazing Camp Kesem campers.

Victoria 'Nemo' Chiu: I am looking forward to being able to make a difference in these kids' lives and creating a fun and loving environment for them at camp. I can't wait to help make magic at Camp Kesem!

Blen 'Ace ' Asres : I am looking forward to meeting all the new campers and their families!

Kayla 'Peanut' Whitlock: I am super excited to meet all the campers and find even more to give Kesem to!

Nikhil 'Dougie' Modi: I'm looking forward to growing our chapter, along with our Teen Leadership Program, to help make a greater impact on our campers while creating a lasting and powerful community.

Jordyn 'Iris' Walker: My favorite memories of Kesem are when campers start off as quiet and reserved on the first day of camp and then by the last day, they've blossomed into a silly, Karl-loving, song-singing camper.

Gregory 'Simba' Gaydosh: My favorite Kesem memory was when one of my campers, Zoro, asked me if I would remember him. I looked at him and said of course I would remember him and we hugged and shared some tears. Genuine human connection is what Camp Kesem is all about.

Talia '32' Hartman: My favorite Kesem memory was the glow-in-the-dark dance party we had. We all just went crazy and had so much fun. It was just the best.

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:

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

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

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

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

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 Maryland

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 Maryland was generously provided by #Dads4Kesem in memory of Oren Miller.

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

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director –

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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.