Camp Kesem Central PA

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Camp Kesem Central PA
Camp Kesem Central PA

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/17/2020 - 8/22/2020

335 Camp Rd, Thompson, PA 18465

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 28th, 2020

Spring Mill Manor
171 Jacksonville Rd, Ivyland, PA 18974

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Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State
240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA

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Meet the Team

Cheyenne 'Zoinks!' Johnson: I am so lucky to have so many favorite Kesem memories. I think my most favorite has been seeing the relationships grow between our campers. Watching my campers develop life-long friendships with each other shows the strength of Kesem magic.

Maude 'Pix' Tarbox: My favorite Kesem memory is from my very first week at camp! My campers, the Blue Unit, and I went to the lake for our morning activity. We were all swimming and splashing, and then we all snag camp songs together. It was a memory I'll never forget!

Nolan 'toto' Marett: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be my first empowerment at camp. There was something so special about being surrounded by so many people who genuinely cared for one another and were there to support each other.

Katie 'Cheddar' Yuen: My favorite Kesem memory is affirmations from this past summer. It was super impactful for my campers and it was amazing to see everyone's kindness and joy at the end of the week!

Kasey 'Red' Dunleavy: It's hard to choose just one but if I had to I think I would choose my first post-Empowerment dance party with my campers. To see how authentically happy they were was one of the most magical moments I've had in my lifetime.

Alex 'Chicken Joe' Hoffman: My favorite Kesem memory was greeting all my campers for my second summer as their counselor. This was a great moment for me, because it demonstrated how much the campers look forward to Camp Kesem all year long.

Sarah 'Bubba' Hussain: My favorite Kesem memory is our annual dance party in the wiffle ball stadium! It's right after empowerment, so it's a great opportunity to raise spirits and enjoy each other.

Dom 'Domino' DeFonso: My favorite memory is watching the yellow unit boys grow and develop friendships over the course of the week and hear their stories in out cabin chats.

Sarah 'Daisy' Hohman: My favorite Kesem memory is dance parties with the yellow unit and how much I saw my campers grow throughout the week!

Sean '' Rich: My favorite Kesem memory was watching all of the teen campers become incredibly close throughout my first week of camp. Seeing these relationships grow and flourish throughout our year-round support events showed me the power of Kesem as a family.

Jacob 'Cortez' Leibowitz: My favorite Kesem memory was helping to lead Messy Olympics as a program counselor and seeing how much all of the campers loved it.

Stephen 'Chowder' Feraco: My favorite Kesem memory is the dance party during camp, because everyone was able to come together and have a fun night!

Reiley 'Bread' Broms: Every year at Camp, I love affirmation because it gives us a chance to appreciate the friendships we made throughout the week and become closer with each other!

Julia 'Smalls' Kahl: My favorite Kesem memory has been getting to know some of my best friends and experiencing my first week of camp this past summer. I especially loved getting SUPER messy during Messy OlympiCKs with everyone and then getting sprayed by the fire truck!

Jack 'Treble' Maloney: My favorite camp memory was sharing tears with the Teen boys at Empowerment. I was so impressed by their courage and vulnerability: their strength is incredible.

Madison 'Vega' Mitchell: My favorite memory was when two campers needed to go to the MedExpress place an hour away. Another counselor and I took a mini roadtrip with them. During this trip, I got to know each of them so well because they opened up to me about their stories.

Dennis 'Milk' Focas: My Favorite Time at camp is during meal times. Getting to see all the kids at the same time interacting with each other without a worry in the world is one of the best feelings in the world.

Julia 'Tubey' Eisele: My favorite Kesem memory is from camp this past summer. I was a counselor for 12 year-old girls, and one of them wrote me a Warm and Fuzzy which said that I was just like a mom to her. It really touched my heart, and it's something I'll never forget!

Ben 'Birdie' Hartleb: My favorite Kesem memory is my first messy olympics. It was so much fun to run around with all of our awesome campers and counselors and fling paint, shaving cream, and all kinds of other wild stuff at each other!

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:

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

Camp Kesem Central PA

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

Camp Kesem Central PA

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

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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 Central PA was generously provided by 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

Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director –
Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director –

Eliza joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in November 2018. She first joined Camp Kesem while attending Michigan State University, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and an Outreach Coordinator for two years. As an alum, she's also served as a Camp Advisor for five Kesem chapters. Eliza has previously worked and volunteered in disability respite care, refugee services, and parent education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State in May 2017 and plans to obtain her Master of Social Work with a focus in Mental Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eliza is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, and plans to relocate to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

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.