Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Sunday, October 27, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Megan “Feyre” Filzen: Hello everyone! My name is Feyre and I’m a junior studying English and Creative Writing. Outside of camp, I read a lot of books! This is my third year with Kesem & I’ve loved every minute of it! In the past I’ve served as a counselor and outreach coordinator. This year I’m ecstatic to be a co-director with Buzz! I’m so excited to help plan our best weeks of camp yet & see all of our campers’ lovely faces!

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Alex “Buzz” Clauson: Hey everyone! My name is Buzz, and I am so excited for my second year as a director for CK Minnesota. Outside of camp, I am a senior majoring in psychology who loves watching movies, a good cup of coffee, and petting every dog I see in public. I cannot wait for another amazing year with Camp Kesem, and am so lucky to have Feyre by my side to make summer 2019 our most fun yet!!!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Francesca “Luna” Vochko: Hello! I’m Luna! I’m a sophomore majoring in Strategic Communications and this is my second year with Camp Kesem! I’m very passionate about our cause and couldn’t imagine a better organization to work with. I’m excited to work alongside Baloo on our chapter’s socials, website, and with the alumni to continue to grow our chapter. Outside of Kesem I’m a member of Women in Business Club, the Alpine Ski Team, volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and work for the Minnesota Daily Newspaper.

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Hannah “Baloo” McCurley: Hey y’all, Baloo here! I’m a sophomore studying Sport Management, Russian, and Communications. I work for the Gophers in broadcast and for the Minnesota Wild in promotions, so I guess you could say I love sports. This is my second year in Kesem and my first year as an AMP co-coordinator. I am super excited to work with Luna to bring you all fun Kesem content this year!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Alyssa “Bean” Wagner: Hello! I’m Bean and this is going to be my second year as a Kesem counselor and my first year on the Exec Board as a Development Coordinator. I am so excited to get to opportunity to make an even bigger difference in this organization!! Outside of Kesem I work for the University of Minnesota libraries and am majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Looking forward for another great week at camp in 2019!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Jeffery “Bass” Arnold: Hey! My name is Bass and this will be my third year with Kesem and second year as a Development Coordinator. Outside of CK, I’m involved with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a Group Events Assistant and the University of Minnesota Football team as a Student Video Assistant. I love sports! It’s incredibly rewarding to be involved with Camp Kesem and I’m excited to help create the magical experience of camp for all of our campers, families, and counselors involved.

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Maddie “Paprika” Erickson: Hey y’all! I’m Paprika (Paps for short!) This is my third year serving as a Camp Kesem counselor and my second year on the Executive Board as a Development Coordinator and I cannot wait to begin fundraising to send some awesome kiddos to camp. The past two years of Kesem I was a cabin counselor for 11-13 year old girls and am passionate about camp songs. I am currently a junior majoring in Nursing, love spending time curled up on my couch with a Dr. Pepper, and am originally from Dallas, Texas!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Rachael “Peaches” Cook: I am a Health Services Management Major with minors in Public Health and Leadership. I am a Junior this year and this is my second year with Kesem. In my free time I love to take pictures, read, journal, and workout. I am so excited to be even more a part of the beautiful thing that is Kesem by being on Exec.

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Emily “Cranberry” Koetting: Hi! I’m a junior studying history and sociology and this is my second year with Kesem! I’m super excited for this school year and I can’t wait to hang out more with my Kesem fam <3<3

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Anders “Heart” Jenson: This will be my second year as an Ops Coordinator, and my third with Kesem. I am a junior and study Biomedical Engineering when I’m not brainstorming how to make camp as awesome as possible. My favorite camp memory is being turned into a human sundae during Color Wars. I had no clue getting slathered in ice cream and assorted toppings could be so fun, and tasty too. My camp name, Heart, was inspired by being born with heart disease, but mainly for my absolute love for Kesem and everything we do!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Jenny “Nala” Osborne: Hey CK family! I’m Nala! This is my second year of being a Camp Kesem counselor and my first year as an operations coordinator. I’m a sophomore at the University of Minnesota and I’m majoring in nursing. Outside of Kesem, I love working as a certified nursing assistant and going on fun trips off campus, such as water ski team tournaments! I am super excited for this year and making more awesome memories with this community!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Zac “Astro” Stepanski: Hey guys! I’m Astro. This will be my third year at camp and my first as a TLP coordinator with Operations! I am super excited to see everyone again this summer and make camp as FUN as possible for our campers! Outside of CK I am a Senior majoring in Kinesiology hoping to be a PT but currently work as a supervisor at the University of Minnesota Foundation! I like to spend my free time playing intramural sports, hanging out with friends, and watching Netflix. I can’t wait to see you all at camp!!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Casey “Scout” Fuher: This will be my second year with Outreach but my fourth year with Camp Kesem. I am looking forward to working more closely with this amazing organization again and having the best year of CK yet!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Ethan “Muktuk” Thomas: Howdy! I’m Muktuk and I’m a junior studying Neuroscience. I am very excited to be one of the Outreach Co-coordinators this year and cannot wait to help make my third year with Kesem the best one yet! Outside of Kesem, you can usually find me eating different kinds of candy or watching laughably bad movies with my friends. You could also find me counting down the days to camp!

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Jennifer “Tafiti” Ebert: I’m Tafiti and I am a senior majoring in Human Physiology and minoring in Management. After graduation I plan on going to dental school. This will be my second year involved with Camp Kesem and my first year on exec board! I am super excited to recruit new campers and get to know everybody better. Outside of Kesem, some of my interests include high school and college wrestling, Vikings football, Disney movies, and being by the lake. Also, my favorite animal is a cow :)

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
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Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Madeline “Skip” Jones: I am a third year student majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Public Health and French. She has been an AMP coordinator for the past two years, and is super jazzed to take on the treasurer role! Outside of Kesem, Skip is an active member of the UMN Sailing Team, and works as a psychology tutor! In her free time Skip enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her dog.

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Lucy “Ducky” Kwiatkowski: Hi! My name is Ducky and this is going to be my third year with Kesem. I am a junior studying Microbiology, and hope to one day become a microbiologist! I love Kesem because I have a lot of fun getting messy and muddy, and I enjoy singing and dancing (even though I am not the most graceful person on the planet). Kesem campers teach me how to be a kid again, and I will be forever thankful to be a part of their magic :)

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

Ethan “Wheat Thin” Olson: I’m a senior studying physiology.This will be my second year of volunteering for Camp Kesem and I am excited to be taking on a more involved role in getting camp ready to go. In my free time I like getting outside and enjoying the summers while it last as well as skating at the outdoor hockey rinks at local parks during the winter.

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota
Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

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 Minnesota

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

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota

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 Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org

Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to Chicago, Illinois.

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.

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