Camp Kesem East Atlanta

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Camp Kesem East Atlanta
Camp Kesem East Atlanta

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/26/2020 - 7/31/2020

291 Camp Chatuga Rd #9540, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

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

Miller-Ward Alumni House, 815 Houston Mill Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Isabelle 'Curly' Gefke: I went to my first camp in 2018, and it was the best experience in my college career. I got to meet so many amazing people, and I was inspired by the stories I heard from campers and the support network they developed with each other. I love Kesem

Sanjaly 'Goose' Geevarghese: I am most looking forward to making all our campers proud, creating the best camp possible, and spreading the Kesem magic as much as we can.

Justine 'Tuna' Griego: I can't help but smile when I think about one of my campers. It was her first time at camp and was having some problems shedding her introverted and mature exterior around the other kids. It meant a lot when she opened up to me and had fun.

Nick 'Lambchop' Lambros: I look excited to putting on more on campus events and getting to go to camp next summer.

Grace 'Boots' Church: I'm new to Kesem this year, so I'm looking forward to meeting all the campers throughout the year and hopefully attend camp this summer

Sylvie 'Tuck' Stolar: My favorite memory was performing a duet of "Love is an Open Door" with Birdy Bird at our talent show the last night of camp. After signing Frozen for a week nonstop, we were very prepared for our performance.

Sue Min 'FroYo' Shin: My favorite Kesem memory is when my first Make the Magic as a committee member was successful!:')

Nina '' Ranji: I loved seeing the generosity of the East Atlanta community at my first Make the Magic Gala - it inspires me to set ambitious fundraising goals and interact with our community in a meaningful way.

Zachary 'Crumble ' Goldman: My favorite Kesem memory has been leading empowerment for the younger units this summer at camp. After this empowerment, I saw a greater bond amongst all of the campers and staff members. It truly was a magic experience.

Eeshani 'Diamond' Singh: Incredibly grateful to have been at Camp Kesem singing, dancing, and playing games with the strongest children I have ever met. I have spent the past 3 years getting to be a part of something bigger than myself and look forward to many more!

Arianna 'Uke' Peluso: My favorite memory from Kesem was performing in the camp talent show with two of my campers, where I played the ukulele and sang with them. After the performance, I saw the smile on my camper's faces, and they looked very proud at this accomplishment

Zaid 'Eggs' Sarmad: I'm looking forward to meeting all the campers and their families as well as planning an awesome week for them!!

Colleen 'Jellyfish' O'Donnell: I am looking forward to recruiting campers, fundraising large amounts of money for camp, and to host Camp Kesem. I am also hoping to be a camp counselor this year.

Aashka 'Flounder' Chauhan: I am looking forward to seeing the opportunities for Kesem to do even more in the community. I am excited to see how we can make camp an even better experience for the kids.

Yoni 'Yogi Bear' Benzacar: My favorite Kesem memory was at camp this summer. A few of my campers were having tough times and confided in me. They later shared that my value system and love for them helped them in trying times.

Justin 'Flipper' Kalish: As a counselor this past summer, I had the most incredible time getting to know campers in my cabin and in my unit! My favorite memory is the cabin chats we had every night because it brought everybody closer together.

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 East Atlanta

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

Camp Kesem East Atlanta

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

Camp Kesem East Atlanta

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 East Atlanta

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives 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.