Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

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Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/19/2020 - 7/25/2020

Forest Glen

557 County Rd 331

Rosebud, TX 76570

Week 2 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/8/2020

Lutherhill Ministeries

3782 Luther Hill Rd

La Grange, TX 78945

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


The Vista on Seward Hill

6414 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Nikita 'Minnie' Ghosh: My favorite camp memory lies in the little moments of camp. I love seeing campers with different personalities bond over something as simple as learning how to make friendship bracelets. They get closer through these small moments, and it warms my heart each year.

Juliana 'Toothless' Iverson: My favorite memory is of the talent show two years ago. A 6-year-old camper's talent was making spider webs. She went on stage and started cutting random triangles from a piece of paper and with every cut the crowd just grew louder. It was true magic

Brandon 'Kibbles' Kimble: Thinking back to my time as a photographer for a summer camp session, I loved capturing the moments that made up the messy Olympics.

Estefania "Bombon" Monarrez: Favorite memory: Fire-pit/lake day. I'm looking forward to helping our Kesem chapter grow, flourish, and become more diverse. I am excited and ready to be the Voice of Camp Kesem- UT Austin, providing information and resources to all our publics.

Richa 'Pup' John: I look forward to playing a greater leadership role this year. After reaching our overall fundraising goal and hosting 2 weeks of camp, I know I will be so happy of the fact that I was able to help so many children affected by a parent's cancer.

Natalie 'Peaches' Osterlund: My favorite Kesem memory is Affirmation from this past summer. Spending time with my campers staring at the stars and releasing lanterns into the sky after such an impactful Empowerment made me truly feel how special Kesem is.

Nick 'Sriracha' Nguyen: My favorite Kesem memory was during my very first session of camp and being with two red unit kids during free selects and seeing them build houses for each other and saying how they want to build houses for their parents.

Kevan 'Cheerios' Patel: My favorite moment is the talent show at camp at the end of the week. It is a complete family atmosphere - everyone showers each act with support and love. It is a moment where I can feel the bond and friendships everyone has made throughout the week. It is CK magic!

Emily 'Matcha' Wei: My favorite Kesem memory has always been messy olympics! Watching my red unit kiddos have the opportunity to let lose and get messy together with no worries never fails to make my heart feel full - definitely my favorite part of camp!

Erin 'Jingle' Bell: My favorite Kesem memory was after Empowerment with my 16-18 year old unit campers. We made s'mores, had a danced party, and laughed endlessly. It reminded me how strong and resilient these kids are despite all of the hardships they have faced.

Braeden 'Swish' Conrad: At night time after empowerment, my unit hung out by the lake and had a great time singing and looking at the stars. We released floating lanterns as we sang "I Love the Mountains", and it was a truly touching moment that brought us closer together.

Nikolas '' Georgakis: The talent show last year

Servando 'Dunk' Galvan: Planning camp, and seeing everything come together.

Lauren 'Sunshine' Hamma: During our TLP post-Empowerment activity this past summer -Both TLP units went down to the lake and played volleyball, sat on the dock, had a dance party, stargazed, and were all just happy to be with each other. It was a night of true Kesem magic.

Ariana 'Starburst' McClendon: My favorite Kesem memory is making s'mores with my campers and seeing all their bright and shining faces in the light of the campfire, all under the same stars and moon.

Veronica 'Hugs' Trevino Cerna: Seeing one of our new and youngest camper, Strawberry, go from a very reserved and quiet camper to going up on stage and holding her country's flag with the biggest smile on her face. I loved seeing her be so comfortable and happy, being 100% herself

Eleonore 'Bubba' Saliba: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be watching my campers come together, having just met each other a few days prior, to create a goofy skit for our talent show. Watching them include each individual on their own guidance was CK magic.

Shefali 'Chef' Arimilli: My favorite memory was at Friends and Family Day before my first camp. I loved watching families interact and share their experiences they've had with Camp Kesem. The energy was amazing and for the first time I truly felt Kesem magic!

Anastasiya 'Luna' Byelousova: My favorite Kesem memory is my first talent show – what I consider to be the epitome of Kesem magic. The unconditional love and support that fills the room that night every camp reminds me of the importance of this haven for our kids.

Annabelle 'Nugget' Sebesta: On of my favorite memories from this past year is helping one of my kiddos with homesickness and with a few tears in his eyes, he looks at me and say, "I miss home, but I'm having the most fun at Camp Kesem and I'll be okay."

Jared 'Jar Jar' Moon: Watching a camper of mine, who had been dealing with a lot of self doubt, face her fears - she performed the cup song beautifully at the talent show to roaring applause. She came off the stage in tears of bliss. I will never forget that moment.

Connor "Shamrock" Dillon: Every moment at Camp is a reminder of Why I Kesem. Getting to watch the kids grow each week and grow closer to one another really shows me the magic of Kesem. Ultimately, it all culminates in the talent show, but I would argue that the small down moments in between activities when you get to chat and bond with each of the kiddos is why I Kesem.

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 Texas–Austin

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

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

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

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

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 Texas–Austin

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 University of Texas - Austin 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

Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –
Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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.