Camp Kesem at University of Pennsylvania

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

Sandy Hill Camp and Retreat Center

3380 Turkey Point Rd

North East, MD 21901

Week 2 Session
8/23/2020 - 8/28/2020

Sandy Hill Camp and Retreat Center

3380 Turkey Point Rd

North East, MD 21901

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 21st 2020

The Renaissance

401 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Liv 'Fruit Snacks' Welsh: My favorite Kesem memory is when Orange Unit's gifted admin, counselors, and campers with a well deserved spa day during camp last year.

Shannon 'Mater' Peters: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing our campers show their talents and support each other during the Talent Show!

Ana 'Dory' Hallman: My favorite Kesem memory is getting to see the talent show!

Haley 'Yucca' Rizek: My favorite Kesem memory was learning how to dive into the pool during pool time!

Gillian '' Broome: My favorite Kesem memory is being a human canvas for messy Olympics

Eva 'Kabook' Spier: I am so excited to be apart of Kesem for a third year! I am looking forward to seeing our chapter expand to two weeks!

Elena 'Nug' Brown-Soler: Camp is my happy place, just reminiscing brings a smile to my face. My favorite thing about camp would have to be my Gold Girls, a day is never dull with them and always filled with laughs and crazy dance moves

Danica Mae 'Pom Pom' Lagman: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing how one of my quieter campers came out of her shell as the week progressed. It was amazing to experience how Kesem impacted her life in such a positive way!

Evan 'Frozone' Lee: I'm looking forward to bring the magic of Camp Kesem back to campus in Philly to spread it with my peers.

Jason 'Emoji' Hoskins: My favorite Kesem memory is the talent show at the end of the week because the crowd goes wild for every act–making campers feel confident and comfortable in sharing things they are passionate about in front of the crowd!

Varun 'Hot Sauce' Sudunagunta: Messy Olympics with the blue boys

Ryan 'Flounder' McLaughlin: My favorite Kesem memory was leading the campers in arts and crafts this past summer with my co-coordinator Pom Pom. I loved getting to be creative with all the other campers and share my knowledge of friendship bracelet making with them!

Henry 'Toto' Hoffman: My favorite Kesem memory was cheering on the Orange boys at the talent show last year. It was awesome to see how supportive everyone was, and how hype we all got cheering on our friends!

Caroline 'Woodstock' ONeil: I love how supportive the Kesem community is of each other. I am looking forward to seeing how the campers have grown and learning more about the community at large.

Louis 'Tic Tac' Galarowicz: My favorite Kesem memory was creating a dance routine for "Wannabe" with campers. They taught me many new dance moves.

Logan 'Novo' Shalit: I am looking forward to leading the First-Year Coordinator committee this year! Showing them what it is like being on board, planning fun events, and inciting a strong group dynamic can truly welcome them into our Kesem community.

Mateen 'Tiger' Tabatabaei: Seeing the Orange Boys show so much support and excitement for Skip's killer talent show performance!

Mitchell 'Scooby' Cornell: My favorite Kesem Memory is sitting down with the LIT's on the last night of camp and chatting about what Kesem really mean to them. It was an extremely powerful experience and really resonated with why Kesem means so much to me.

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 Pennsylvania

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

Camp Kesem at University of Pennsylvania

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

Camp Kesem at University of Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania

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

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

Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director –
Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director –

Eliza joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in November 2018. She first joined Camp Kesem while attending Michigan State University, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and an Outreach Coordinator for two years. As an alum, she's also served as a Camp Advisor for five Kesem chapters. Eliza has previously worked and volunteered in disability respite care, refugee services, and parent education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State in May 2017 and plans to obtain her Master of Social Work with a focus in Mental Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eliza is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, and plans to relocate to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

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.