Fall Friends + Family Day
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Please contact us for more information!
Spring Friends + Family Day
2020 Event Details TBA
Michelle “Smu” Mayer:
From: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Physiology & Developmental Biology
What’s your go-to song at Karaoke Night? “Knock you down”
Why I Kesem: For the kids that rather talk about bugs than participate…but still go home and tell everyone it was the best week of their year…for the kids who are shy…but then perform a solo in the talent show and their smile lights up the stage when their fellow campers cheer and rush the stage…for the acceptance that everyone feels there…
Nate “Fritz” Hardy:
From: Portland, OR
What trend do you wish was back in style? Drive-in Movies.
Why I Kesem: To temporarily lift the burdens of others and show them how to be strong enough to do lift them too.
Mitch “Braveheart” Horne:
From: Richland, WA
Minor: Business Management
Dream Date: Going fishing with slow country music playing. After that, candlelit dinner. And then, of course, Netflix and chill.
Why I Kesem: I’ve realized that truly good causes to commit resources to are very rare these days. I’ve realized that Camp Kesem is all-around a great cause that changes lives and genuinely helps individuals, including me.
Sarah “Majestical” Lawrence:
From: Cedar Hills, UT
Would you rather have an extra arm, or eyes at the back of your head? An extra arm! Because I feel like I could get do more things at once…
Why I Kesem: Because I know how important it is to have a community that understands what you’re going through, to some degree. Not everyone is going to have the same experience, but having people that care about you and love you is something that is fundamental to the Kesem culture and is why I Kesem.
Morgan “Potato” McBride:
From: Twin Cities, MN
Dream Hobby: Underwater hockey because it seems like being a really athletic mermaid
Why I Kesem: Because children deserve to be kids, and because the chance to even attempt to give children a respite from the challenges of dealing with cancer, illness, recovery and death has fundamentally changed me as a human being.
Katie “Spongebob” Guerrero:
From: Boston, MA
Minor: Family Life
Worst Book I’ve Ever Read: Eleanor and Park
Why I Kesem: 4 the Kidz
Joslyn “Euro” Empey:
From: Basin City, WA
Worst Movie I’ve Ever Seen: East of Eden; not because it’s bad, but because I can’t ever seem to finish it.
Why I Kesem: Because very few things in life are certain, but Camp is always there to unite us and to heal us. I Kesem because somehow seven days at Camp puts you back together when the 358 other days tear you apart. It’s an honor and a privilege to be apart of the Kesem family.
Abigail “Salt” Whitlock:
From: Gilbert, AZ
If you could be any animal? If I could be any animal I would be a hummingbird because they can fly, they’re too fast for anyone to catch them, and they’re pretty.
Why I Kesem: Because Camp Kesem is a place of refuge and safety for many. I have seen the impact Kesem has made in the life of the campers. I love Kesem and I love the hope it brings. I Kesem for the kids.
Benjamin “Tall Friend” Moore:
From: Ironwood, MI
If you could be a part of any musical group, which would it be? Coldplay
Why I Kesem: Because I love the connection to the Kesem community. There is real energy and empowerment to be experienced when any group with similar struggles comes together to overcome and support one another. The Kesem campers are my heroes. They have strength to overcome and I draw on their strength all year. If my Kesem campers can overcome their challenges, so can I!
Allie “BBQ” Fischer:
From: Highpoint, NC
Major: Exercise Science
If you could be any superhero: Hawkeye: You can always count on me to be there and to bring humor to any situation. I’m very loyal and caring. And I love my family!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I LOVE the campers! Their bravery and kindness inspires me. The Kesem community is one of unconditional love and acceptance. It provides a safe place for the campers to be their truest selves and to have FUN! To see them smile and laugh makes my heart happy!
Clint “Noot” Gingrich:
From: Valencia, CA
Major: Experience Design
If you could have any useless superpower: No matter what I come up with, there seems to be at least some sort of potential utility assisted with it. I guess I would choose the ability to teleport myself to the exact same location… that seems pretty useless.
Why I Kesem: For the kids. They are some of the strongest and accepting individuals I have ever met. I love being around them because they inspire me to be better and see the good in life.
Kaylee “Hedwig” Smedley:
From: West Jordan, UT
Major: English Teaching
Minor: Italian/Family studies
The weirdest place I’ve slept: on a train ride in Italy. I woke up and had NO IDEA where I was or what people were saying…
Why I Kesem: For the kids! I Kesem because I believe the only way we can make it through our own hard times is by helping others in theirs. The kind of love and friendship found through Kesem is priceless!
Keely “Rapunzel” Burnette:
From: Olympia, WA
Major: Family Studies
Dream hobby: Learn every language I could!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because the kids are perfect examples of selfless love and compassion. They inspire me to be a better person.
Megan “Sass” Gowen:
From: Purcell, OK
Major: Business Management
“Loves travel to temples and play golf.”
Why I Kesem: I originally kesemed my grandma who died after a battle with cancer. Now I Kesem for the kids. They are so brave and strong, they’re my heroes.
Jaxon “Took” Low:
From: South Jordan, UT
Major: Chemical Engineering
Favorite Board Game: Bananagrams. I play that game more than any other, cause one day I want to be good enough to beat my genius brother!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem for love. I love the kids who go to Camp Kesem. I love the people who work for Kesem. And I’m happy when I receive love from those people too!
Kylee “Kibble” Lapeyrouse:
From: Lexington, NC
Minor: Family Life
What movie title best describes your life: Must Love Dogs
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because the kids inspire me to be the best version of myself. They are the greatest examples of kindness, strength, and love. I want to give back to the family that has changed my life.
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.
Brittani joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Brittani loved volunteering as a part of Camp Kesem where she was able to apply concepts she had studied in the classroom and make an impact in the community. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is from Lakeport, California and currently resides in Orem, Utah.
This chapter's page is still under construction, check back soon!