Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

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Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/7/2020

4990 Picciola Rd, Fruitland Park, FL 34731

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

Carrollwood Country Club

13903 Clubhouse Drive, Tampa, FL

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Savannah 'Zazu' LeNeave: I am so excited to have another amazing year of Kesem! Seeing our campers and counselors together again, and welcoming new members into our Kesem family every year just warms my heart!  So grateful to  be a part of of the Kesem magic!

Shruti 'Narwhal' Agarwal: My favorite Kesem memory was empowerment.

Rudayna 'Cucumber' Tabbara: I'm looking forward to spreading the magic this year. After our chapter's first camp it was clear why we all Kesem and I'm excited to see where our hard work will take us this year. I can't wait for camp next summer!

Kashif 'Simba' Basaria: My favorite memory as Volunteer Coordinator last year was seeing all the counselors and volunteers grow into tremendous leaders and become extremely passionate about Kesem!

Sarina 'Dragon' Lawless: This year I'm looking forward to expanding CK USF's chapter and seeing the smiling faces of the families that benefit from our work!

Sucharita 'Nova' Gummalla: Empowerment was my favorite Kesem memory because watching everyone open up about cancer and how it impacted their life was moving. It allowed people to connect and the bonds that were created were some of the strongest I've ever seen.

Maci 'Jedi' Galan: I look forward to taking on a new division for our chapter and planing our Make the Magic Fundraising Gala. I Kesem because I want to create a safe and inclusive space for the kids in the Tampa Bay area who have been impacted by a parent with cancer.

Urooj 'Kangurooj' Hudda: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing the transition in the camp atmosphere after empowerment. The camp dynamic just became so much closer and made me value the connection so much more.

Hunter 'Net' Sanders: I can not wait to start planning the camp this year. I love doing things based off a theme so creating games and activities or crafts based off some fun theme is going to be amazing. On top of that, getting to see the campers enjoy it will be sweet.

Ellis 'Porpoise' Messon: My favorite Kesem memory has to be pretty much every cabin chat we had in the red boys cabin during camp. I remember the campers and myself feeling better about life in general after cabin chat.

Caitlin 'Flipper' Moss-Solomon: My favorite Kesem memory is getting to help put together and attend our chapter's first Camp Kesem ever!

Conner 'Astro' Merriman: This is my first full year with Kesem, so this year I am looking forward to working together with my Coords to put on a great camp this year and to help grow Camp Kesem in the Tampa community.

Meera 'Padfoot' Navadia: Hey Everyone! My name is Padfoot, I am a senior at USF, pursuing my goal to become a physician. I Kesem for the kids. Seeing the Kesem magic at camp last year has made me want to help continue to spread its impact.

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 South Florida

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

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

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

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

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 South Florida

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.