Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

August 4-10, 2019

Camp Bethel

328 Bethel Rd.

Fincastle, VA 24090

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

Please contact us for more details!

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 6, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Independence Golf Club

600 Founders Bridge Boulevard

Midlothian, VA 23114

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Sahila “Coco” Qureshi: Hey!!! My name is Coco and I am from Ashburn, VA. I am a senior here at VCU and majoring in Health Science while minoring in Chemistry and Psychology. This is my 3rd year being a part of Kesem, and every year it continues to get better! My favorite part of Kesem is seeing the children express themselves freely! -Coco

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Ashley “Panda” Day: Hey! My name is Panda from Norfolk, VA. I am a Senior here at VCU majoring in Science with a concentration in Chemistry and a minor in Psychology on the Pre-Pharmacy Track. This coming year will be my 4th year at camp and every year, even though I know that it is possible through the magic of Kesem, I am amazed how everyone shows up to camp strangers, yet leaves as a family. -Panda

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Otis “Titan” Jones: Hey! My name is Titan and I am a sophomore from Richmond, VA majoring in Marketing. This will be my second year with Camp Kesem and my favorite part of camp is 100% Water Wars. It’s hard to pick just once camp song but HEY BURRITO is one of my favorite. -Titan

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Lauryn “Hoops” White: Hello! My name is Hoops and I’m from Alexandria, VA. I’m a junior majoring in Marketing and completing my certificate in product innovation in the Da Vinci center at VCU. This is my first year participating in Camp Kesem. I am very excited to work with other counselors and help the chapter grow! -Hoops

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Rebecca “Nala” Alemu: Hello My name is Nala and I am sophomore studying Biology and I’m from Springfield, Virginia. I am super excited to help plan this year’s MTM. My favorite memory CK was seeing all the kids faces of pure happiness during color and water wars -Nala

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Aleonna “Bean” Scott: Hello! My name is Bean and I am a junior Forensic Chemistry major from Bowie, MD. This is my third year in Camp Kesem at VCU and my second year as a Make the Magic coordinator. My favorite part of CK is definitely watching the campers and counselors grow as people and embrace the Kesem spirit (and camp songs of course). I can’t wait to see what this year holds! -Bean

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Stephanie “Cheerio” Vu: Hey! My name is Cheerio and I’m from Clifton, VA. I’m a junior majoring in HPEX health science at VCU. I’ve been apart of Camp Kesem for __ years. My favorite camp song is Razzle Dazzle and my favorite part about camp is cabin chats and singing camp songs. -Cheerio

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Polina “PoPo” Bukina: Hi I’m PoPo and I am from Richmond, VA. I’m a sophomore Biology major with a Spanish and Chemistry minor. One of my favorite things about camp is Messy Games because it allows everyone to let loose and go crazy with paint and shaving cream

🙂

And of course, can’t forget the bonding in campfire cabin chats! -PoPo

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Madeleine “Ice Queen” Nguyen: Hi! My name is Ice Queen and I am from Mclean, VA. I’m a junior studying Health, Physical Education and Exercise on the Pre-Physical Therapy Track. My favorite camp memory is playing gaga ball and nine-square during free selects and before meals. My favorite song is the Tiki Tonga song (ALLLEEEEE!!!) and I am looking forward to seeing returning campers at Friends and Family Day and more messy games this summer! -Ice Queen

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Julia “Nugget” Grant: Hi! My name is Nugget, and I am a sophomore majoring in Biology on the Pre-Medicine track at VCU. My favorite camp memory is definitely water games from last summer, and my favorite camp song is Razzle Dazzle. I am so excited to get to know new and returning campers even better this summer, and am already counting down the days

🙂

-Nugget

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Sravan “King Curry” Sattiraju: Hello, I’m King Curry and I am from Loudoun County, VA. I’m a junior at VCU studying Professional Science on a pre-med track. I’m truly excited to be working with all of the Camp Kesem families! A little about myself, I love watching / playing sports, hiking, watching tv, reading and hanging out with friends! -King Curry

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
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Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Amir “Treble” Khozaei: HEY!! My name is Treble I am from Midlothian,VA. I am a senior studying Pure Mathematics with a minor in General Business. I am super excited to go back to camp and take part in Color Wars again! My favorite camp song is Razzle Dazzle!
-Treble

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Philomena “Peppa Pig” Hughes: Hi guys! I’m Peppa Pig and I’m from Woodbridge, VA. I’m a junior at VCU and I’m majoring in Political Science. In addition to that, I’m also minoring in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as well as Media Studies. I’ve been a part of Camp Kesem for three years and I don’t think I could love it any more than I already do. My favorite part of Kesem is getting to be myself with all of the people I love. -Peppa Pig

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

Mason “Mashed Potato” Sigmon: Hey! My name is Mashed Potato I am a sophomore at VCU majoring in Biology and Psychology. I am from Stafford VA and my favorite Camp song is Baby Shark (doo doo doo doo doo) -Mashed Potato

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University
Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

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 Virginia Commonwealth University

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

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

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

Camp Kesem at Virginia Commonwealth University

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 Virginia Commonwealth University

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 Virginia Commonwealth University 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

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org
Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.

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.

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Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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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.

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Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

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Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.

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