Camp Kesem at Washington University in St. Louis

Camp Kesem at Washington University in St. Louis

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Camp Kesem at Washington University in St. Louis
Camp Kesem at Washington University in St. Louis

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/9/2020 - 8/14/2020

1466 HWY N., Bourbon, MO 65441

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 21st, 2020

Moulin Events, 2017 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Grant 'Captain G' Schmarak: I am looking forward to seeing our returning campers who are amazing and meeting a lot of new ones too!

Melissa 'Guppy' Hamrick: Messy Games at camp last summer was SO MUCH FUN! It was so great seeing everyone just have fun, go crazy, and get a little messy :)

Samantha 'LaCroix ' Konigsberg: I’m so excited to meet everyone this year and to be able to grow my kesem family

Christine 'Stine' Nguyen: As someone who's family has been personally affected by cancer many times, I remember how difficult those times were, and I'm so excited to be a part of a support system for Kesem campers through their journeys.

Katie 'Sizz' Sissler: My favorite Kesem memory is roasting smores at night every single day after camp and singing songs around the campfire with all the other counselors and kids. It is always the perfect way to end an each amazing day at camp.

Madeline 'Maddog' Kahn: Playing in the messy olympics with all the other counselors and campers at our chapter's first camp and seeing everyone so happy was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had and is a memory I will hold on to forever.

Shira 'Ulti' Lyss-Loren: I'm looking forward to meeting our campers and connecting with them and giving them a home away from home.

Charlotte 'Crumpet ' Saville: Hosting a fabulous MTM event and being involved in all things Kesem- especially meeting the amazing people involved

Jonathan 'Fin' Kacvinsky: Empowerment was life changing it really put everything into perspective and hearing everyone’s stories created bonds and memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Tucker 'Pelé' Hirsch: When I was a camper at the UIUC chapter, I got to ride an alligator named Bubba!

David 'Gibby' Buchinsky: My favorite Camp Kesem memory has to be the fire dancer that came to our campfire last summer. I had never seen fire dancing before and loved the excitement of the experience! This year at camp I am looking forward to leading our camp songs!

Ian 'Beez' Welsh: Messy wars is always something I look forward to every year. In all of its colorful chaos, I think you would be hard-pressed to find something more fun!

Zachary 'Z' McMillen: My favorite Kesem memory was being able to come back after being a camper as a counselor.

Maya 'Kiki' Gonzales: Seeing the transformation in one of our more shy camper, Chef. His mother had passed away two weeks before camp, and seeing the way he came alive during camp was inspiring.

Marcus 'Beaker' Kunzmann: Working with all of our incredible campers is the best week of my life. Seeing smiles on all of our kids' faces makes me realize that love is so much stronger than cancer.

Natalie 'Olive' Smith: My favorite Kesem memory was Empowerment. The campers were so brave for telling their stories and it was a truly inspirational experience. I look up to these kids and they taught me to always have a smile on my face no matter what I am going through.

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 Washington University in St. Louis

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

Camp Kesem at Washington University in St. Louis

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

Camp Kesem at Washington University in St. Louis

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 Washington University in St. Louis

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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director –

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides 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.