Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 18-23, 2019

Camp St. Charles

15375 Stella Maris Drive

Newburg, MD 20664

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 18, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

May 4, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 6, 2019 at 6:00pm

The Cambria Hotel

8321 Baltimore Ave

College Park, MD 20740

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Alex “S’mores” Tran is a senior Finance and Information Systems double major and one of our co-directors! He found out about Kesem through “King Bob” from Camp Kesem VCU. He told me about how much of an impact the camp had made on him, as well as all the children at their camp. He inspired me and a couple others to bring the Kesem magic to University of Maryland by starting a chapter here!

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Jordan “Seltzah” Babin is a senior Community Health major! I is in LOVE with Kesem! As a college student leader, she’s had the opportunity to watch as we created a camp and more importantly a community for kids affected by a parents’ cancer. From all the hours of hard work during the year to seeing all the kiddos grow these lasting friendships during camp, this has been the most rewarding experience of her life and she is SO excited to serve as a Co-Director this year!!

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Jordan “Twizzle” Kotler is a Senior Community Health major. She’s involved with Kesem because she loves to make magic happen and provide a community for these kids. Last year, she was a counselor for girls 13-17, and she can’t wait to serve as AMP coordinator this year!

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Greg “Simba” Gaydosh is a Junior Criminology major. He got to see Kesem magic firsthand at camp this past summer and recognized the positive impact the Kesem family has on the kids. He’s super excited to serve as an AMP coordinator this year alongside my amazing co-coordinator, Twizzle, and can’t wait for camp in 2019!

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Jordyn “Iris” Walker is a junior Bioengineering major. She kesems for the magic; for the smiles and laughs, the tears, the friendships, and, of course, the s’mores. Fun fact: she was a counselor at Camp Kesem Miami!!


Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Robin “Ribbon” Bachkosky is a Junior Nursing major! She loves Kesem because she absolutely adore kids and to be a part of something that creates a supportive and friendly atmosphere for such a unique, yet large, subset of kids makes the hard work worthwhile.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Alex “Doorbuster” Martinez is a Junior American Studies major! He got involved with Kesem because he’s always had a passion for working with children, and Kesem helps children who may be struggling with a parent/ guardian’s cancer. Having lost a grandparent to cancer, he wants to help these kids in any way possible.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Hannah Stein is a senior Community Health major! She knows the magic of camp from my her experience, and the chance to help bring that magic to kids who truly deserve it the most is why she joined Kesem.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Kelsey “Giggles” Weissburg is a sophomore Psychology Major and Human Development Minor! She loves Kesem because it serves a population of children that people normally wouldn’t think about- Kesem creates a kind of magic that can’t be found anywhere else. Fun fact: last year, she was an AMP coordinator and a counselor for the 6-10 year old girls at Camp Kesem 2018.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Mekelit “Gouda” Bellay is a Junior Psych major! She loves Kesem because it creates an open and vulnerable environment for kids who have not had the easiest childhood.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Pamela “Snuggie” Kekst is a senior Psychology major! She loves Kesem because she’s passionate about the camp and environment it affords people to grow. Fun fact: she was a founding member of this chapter my sophomore year and it’s first operations coordinator. I’ll be graduating in December.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Garrett “Doc” Wegner is a Senior Neurobiology and Physiology/ Psychology double major! He’s involved with Kesem because it allows him to have a direct and lasting impact on so many lives. Fun fact: contrary to popular belief, he is not a doctor.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Kaylee “Pup” Helmbacher is a senior Neurobiology and Physiology major! She loves Kesem and being able to provide kids with time to be just kids and have a support system there when they need it most. Hanging out with the campers last summer was one of the best weeks of my life and they have forever changed my life!

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
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Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Tiffany Su is a Sophomore Accounting and Finance double major! She joined Camp Kesem because it has an amazing mission and she wanted to be a part of it in any way that she could. Nothing is more rewarding than uplifting others, especially these kids.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Logan “French Toast” Dechter is a Junior Psychology and Spanish Double Major. He loves Kesem because everyone deserves to have a place to be themselves and to forget about their problems at home, and kids need that place now more than ever. Fun fact: he ironically created Redbubble stickers of Steve Harvey his freshman year of college and have since sold nearly 70 of them without any effort.

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

Liam “Roo” Butler is a senior Physiology/Neurobiology major! He loves Kesem’s ability to make a difference and help others find their home away from home. He strongly believes in Camp magic!

Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland
Camp Kesem at University of Maryland

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@kesem.org
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org

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.

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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 Maryland