Camp Kesem at University of Washington

Camp Kesem at University of Washington

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

Camp Koinonia

850 Camp Koinonia Ln

Cle Elum, WA 98922

Week 2 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/21/2020

Camp Koinonia

850 Camp Koinonia Ln

Cle Elum, WA 98922

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, May 2nd, 2020

Husky Union Building Lyceum, 4001 East Stevens Way Northeast, Seattle, WA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Anna 'Banana' Lee: My favorite Kesem memory was when the Tier 1 boys flashed Morse Code to my Unit 4 Girls across the grass field! It was a great way to end the night because everyone was laughing and having so much fun.

Gal 'Goofy' Snir: I am looking forward to working with our wonderful coordinator team

Annie 'Periwinkle' Mao: My favorite memory is seeing all the Tier 2 LITs graduate each year on the dock! It is so amazing seeing them grow up and become counselors!

Katie 'Poppy' Snell: My favorite Kesem memory is making smores with the TLP on the last night of camp during summer 2019! We all talked about our favorite parts of the week and enjoyed the last bit of time we had together. Even though I burned my smore, it was magical!

SHELBY R 'Sherbet' CORNELIUS: My favorite memory is when we had free time on Wednesday evening. All of the Unit 1 counselors went down to the field and let the kids just run loose. The best part is that the counselors got to relax and enjoy some time getting to know each other.

Jace 'Oats' Curtin: I love Messy Olympics, just being able to go wild and just get as messy as possible is something I'll never forget.

Sarah 'Freckles' Kravtsev: I am looking forward to camp and making camp even better each year!

Charlotte 'Crumpet ' Saville: Getting to know some of the amazing Kesem families. Making sure they have a great time at camp and any of the other year round activities we have planned.

Samantha 'Cinnamon' Blue: This year in Kesem I am looking forward to organizing an amazing auction in order to send even more kiddos to camp!!

Michaela 'Cupcake' Todd: The greatest part of Kesem is it's ability to foster excitement and joy in everyone who comes in contact with it. My favorite camp memory is being covered in shaving cream, paint, and baby powder by some very stoked campers with mischievous smiles!

Rayna 'Butterscotch' Bryan: My favorite Kesem memory was during my first week ever at camp as the Arts & Crafts Program Counselor. We had planned to make slime that day, and I couldn’t figure out the slime recipe. So, a camper came up to me and helped me make the perfect slime.

Kevin 'Russell' Pham: This is my third year in Camp Kesem. I chose my camp name, "Russell," because I love the movie Up. My favorite camp memory is Messy Olympics. It's a great chance to let loose and my campers always bond over the course of the activities.

Calvin 'Poncho' Apodaca: Telling true scary stories to the boys of Unit 3!

Mitchell 'Groot' Lopes: My favorite Kesem memory was the talent show at our 2019 camp. The kids were so creative and all of the counselors bought in so well, the show came together and turned out to be extremely exciting for everybody involved.

Isabella 'Kirby' Garcia: My favorite memory of Kesem is color wars at my first camp. Everything about throwing paint and building memories with my cabin was perfect.

Alexis 'Pluto' Florence: My favorite Kesem memory was our Wednesday Cabin Chat in the TLP Tier 1 cabin. It was for the first time that all of our campers individual personalities surfaced, we spent the evening so connected! I'll never forget the laughs and tears we shared.

Aubrey 'Kronk' Phillips: I am looking forward to spending time with our campers this summer and seeing how much they've grown over the past year!

Aaron 'Waves' Cheah: This year I am looking forward to seeing the campers I worked with my first year of Kesem graduate the LIT program and become counselors themselves!

Alyssa 'Acorn' Wolfe: My favorite Kesem memory is my first messy Olympics. I have never smiled bigger :)

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 Washington

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

Camp Kesem at University of Washington

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

Camp Kesem at University of Washington

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 Washington

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 Washington 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

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director –

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director –

Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a Development Coordinator and two-year Co-Director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado.

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.