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Tanvi 'Thunder' Mehta: My favorite memory is meeting my green unit campers for the first time during my first year as a counselor. Their love and joy was infectious, and I haven't been able to get enough of Kesem since.
Katie 'Skippy' Malison: My first year, on of my girls expressed she was worried about her mom's treatment. The girl on her left said, "The girl on your right lost her dad and she is okay. My mom survived and I am okay. Regardless of what happens, you will be okay." They were 9 years old.
Christina 'Winnie' Lindsay: My favorite Kesem memory is Messy Olympics! I loved seeing how the campers lit up and all had a blast.
Maciej 'Plankton' Zielonka: My first year at our annual Glow Dance, one of our campers Pikachu would not running into the middle of every circle and dancing like there was no tomorrow. He was having the time of his life, and I was just so happy to be there to see it.
Mathew 'Splash' Krick: My favorite Kesem memory was playing soccer with the campers and counselors, singing camp songs, and also being a part of messy games!
Vikram 'Monkey' Shaw: Seeing the 9-10 year old boys become best friends throughout the week of camp!
Cory 'Ash' Zhou: My favorite Kesem memory is singing "Lean on Me" every night in closing circle with the entire camp. It's such a genuinely sweet moment that never failed to make me happy every single day.
Penelope 'Posy' Gould: My favorite Kesem memory is having my campers toss paint all over me during messy games and seeing their smiles!
Ali 'Frosting' Vandebunt: My favorite memory has been seeing all of my Yellow Unit girls, as a cabin, prepare a fashion show for the camp talent show! It was amazing to see them work together and include every camper in the cabin.
Sasha 'Smiley' Kolesnikova: My favorite Kesem memory is the nightly cabin chats. Coming together in the evening after an eventful day of activities, whether doing braids, catching up, or sharing our experiences - moments of bonding like these is what I look forward to.
Megan 'Snoopy' Roberts: My favorite Kesem memory is during Messy Games when Omlag and I turned our hair into mohawks using shaving cream.
Julia 'Pumpkin' Chertkof: I was a counselor for the green unit last year, so I had the youngest kids. It was so special during Empowerment to see the green campers realize that they had older kids they could look up to who had been through the same things.
Sam 'Nemo' Ryan: My favorite memory from Kesem this past summer was messy games!
Reta 'Peanut Butter' Behnam: One of my favorite Kesem memories was lake day. The kids had been begging all week to go to the lake and you can imagine that 30 teenagers in a lake is chaotic yet fun, I've never laughed harder.
Rebecca 'Kona' Drachman: I can't wait to see campers at Friends and Family Days and at Camp next summer!
Sophie 'Silver' Potter: My favorite Kesem memory is from my very first day of camp: I was feeling a little lost amongst the hubbub of check-in, and one of our blue campers came running up to me and started chatting my ear off - she made me feel so welcomed right away!
Maya 'Lemon' Sharp: My favorite Kesem memory is Empowerment. I found the courage to share my story for the first time only after watching my incredible campers share theirs. I was and continued to be humbled by my campers' strength in the face of adversity.
Julia 'Waffle' Hu: My favorite Kesem memory is the talent show!
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:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
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.
Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.