Camp Kesem at University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Camp Kesem at University of Wisconsin–Madison
Camp Kesem at University of Wisconsin–Madison

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/18/2020 - 7/24/2020

Camp Lakotah

N1875 21st Ave, Wautoma, WI 54982

Week 2 Session
7/26/2020 - 8/1/2020

Camp Lakotah

N1875 21st Ave Wautoma, WI 54982

Week 3 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/22/2020

N1875 21st Ave Wautoma, WI 54982

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day
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Spring Friends + Family Day


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Make the Magic

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Elizabeth 'Crocs' Geiger: My favorite Kesem memory was this summer at the TLP's final cabin chat. We went around the room saying what our largest leadership takeaway of the week was, and it warmed my heart to hear all the ways the campers had developed and learned as leaders.

Morgan 'Aurora' Lentz: I Kesem to spread the magic throughout the wonderful Kesem family that is built on unconditional love and selflessness and to empathize with the kids as they face hardships and tribulations at an early age.

Madeline 'Ace' Petre: One summer, a camper said to me "my first time at Camp Kesem, I was nervous to go because I felt like I was leaving home. Now when I leave for camp, it feels like I'm going home". That moment is what keeps me going.

Madisyn 'Pickles Mac' Riste: It's hard to pick just one favorite Kesem memory. My favorite part of my Kesem camp days would have to be Cabin Chat. Sitting down and listening to each campers day, hearing them have no "Pow," it makes me smile until I fall asleep.

Megan 'Dunkin' Lane: My favorite Kesem memory from this past summer was hands down the talent show. I loved seeing all my favorite people do things they love and are proud of.

Nathan 'Duke' Green: I am looking forward to experiencing this summer of camp at our new campsite! It's a big change for not only the campers but the counselors, so I'm excited to make a lot of first memories with everyone and make it a summer we will never forget!

Britta 'Kix' Chelgren: I am looking forward to spending time with campers during Friends and Family days throughout this year!

Aaron 'Juice' Gholston: My favorite Kesem memory has to be my first empowerment with my brother and sister. This magical experience has helped us grow closer than ever!

Jessica 'Dora' Bymers: My favorite Kesem memory is an ongoing one. My first year, I had a very shy, homesick camper who blossomed into the most outgoing and energetic camper. It has been so rewarding to see her grow every year.

Maddie 'Turkey' Turk: One of my favorite Kesem memories was teaching my unit of 10-11 year old girls the camp song, Little Red Wagon and having them lead it with me at the bonfire. They all had so much fun with it and I loved seeing their confidence grow.

Dylan 'Wolfgang' von Heimburg: I'm looking forward to seeing new and returning campers at a new campsite!

Claudia 'Veggie' Flatt: A favorite memory I often think back on and smile about is closing circle on the final day of camp. We stand out by the Agam, float lanterns, and sing Linger. This final moment is one of support, love, friendship, and pure Kesem magic.

Dylan 'Helmy' Helmenstine: I love to catch up with campers of all ages at dinner time. It is so cool to hear about their day, and what they had the most fun doing!

Alyx 'Pepper' Hach: My favorite Kesem memory was the talent show on the last night of camp! I loved seeing all the campers' awesome acts and how excited they were to share them with everyone.

Haley 'Button' Maurer: One of my favorite camp traditions is singing "Linger" at closing circle at the end of each day! It always makes me reflect on all the camp fun from earlier and it's the perfect transition into cabin chat (another one of my favorite activities!)

Elizabeth 'Starburst' Seidl: My favorite Kesem memory was from our talent show last summer. I was able to be an assistant for a camper during her contortionist/ magic show and it was a blast and a half.

Garrett 'Rango' Bartelt: My co-counselors and I helped our cabin group write a Kesem-friendly version of "Gucci Gang", which we performed at the talent show.

Olivia 'Sesame' Hermsen: I'm excited to spread the Kesem magic all year-round as we prepare for camp! I can't wait to see returning campers as well as meet new campers this summer!

Jacalyn 'Chacos' Joseph: Some of my favorite Kesem memories are the camp dances that we have each summer. It is always so much fun to sing and dance alongside all of the campers and counselors, and it is an opportunity for everyone to be silly and be themselves!

Dylan 'Chewie' Wohlfiel: My favorite Kesem memory is when I convinced a camper to join in an activity that they weren't keen on joining. Seeing their huge smile after the activity was an amazing show of Kesem Magic and it made me so happy.

William 'Weasel' Kiesling: My favorite Kesem memory is when one of my campers covered my face and beard in face paint. It took all of lunch to wash it out!

Jessa "Oso" Burling: My favorite Kesem memory was the talent show at the end of the week. It was so inspiring to see kids have the courage to go up and be so unapologetically themselves. There were so many times I was in awe, and so many times I was laughing with tears!

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 Wisconsin–Madison

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

Camp Kesem at University of Wisconsin–Madison

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

Camp Kesem at University of Wisconsin–Madison

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 Wisconsin–Madison

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

Hannah Montoya
Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director –

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Her passion for Kesem began when she joined the founding team at Brown University, where she served as an Alumni, PR, Marketing coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and Chapter Co-Director her senior year. During this time, she also served as a Junior Camp Advisor and Camp Preparation Volunteer. Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she now resides in 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.

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.