Camp Kesem Mizzou

Camp Kesem Mizzou

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Camp Kesem Mizzou
Camp Kesem Mizzou

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/7/2020

1466 HWY N., Bourbon, MO 65441

Week 2 Session
8/9/2020 - 8/14/2020

1466 HWY N, Bourbon, MO 65441

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


Architecture Hall - City Museum

750 North 16th Street

St. Louis MO 63101

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Cole 'MoonPie' Halcomb: This question should be so easy because of how rewarding preparing for and being at camp is, but the more I think about it the more unfair this question gets. I don't know if I could feasibly pick one moment from my two years here as the best.

Regan 'Waffles' O'Connor: Singing "Three Sharptooth Buzzards" with our camper Lil Peel, its both of our favorite camp songs and we KILLED it when we sang it together at campfire

Aliah 'Freckles' Kauffman: Every part of Kesem is my favorite!!!! I love cabin chats because that is when you really get to know everyone in your color group and it is when the most meaningful memories and relationships are created that stay with you forever.

Blake 'Choccy' Clements: This year in Kesem I am looking forward to further building relationships with the counselors as well as see all the kids again at camp.

Michael 'Brother Bear' Fine: My favorite memory was when the boys in my color group decided to have our own empowerment as a group. The group had been pretty vocal about not liking empowerment throughout the week, so when they suggested they do one I was very proud of them.

Maggie 'Fozzie' Fuhrman: My favorite Kesem memory is the first year we did the tap game after Empowerment. I have never felt so much love in one room!

Jackson 'Simba' Ptasienski: My favorite memory was being able to get to know the kids at camp, especially learning their story and why they are at Kesem. It was amazing to hear what Kesem means to the kids, which allowed me to see why my work was worth it.

Grace 'Boo' Goedeke: My favorite memory is my first empowerment. In that moment, I felt the room well up with support and unconditional love. I'll never forget that feeling and hope my campers carry it with them every day, especially on the tough days.

Jordan 'Gucci' Lazenby: On the last day of camp as a first-year counselor, I got to watch all of my campers hug their parents. It was truly heartwarming to see a bunch of rebellious teenagers squeeze their parents as tight as they could, and it made me so happy.

Terrell 'Frozone' Christian: This year I'm most looking forward to helping plan the best week of camp yet and creating the Kesem magic!

Christopher 'Skywalker' Rehagen: For me, it'd have to be our messy olympics. This past summer was my first time at Kesem and messy olympics was unlike anything I'd ever experienced, and my campers had a blast getting myself and everyone else around them messy from head to toe.

Sarah 'Boots' Browning: As a first year Kesem counselor, last year's camp was full of new experiences for me. My favorite Kesem memory from last summer was definitely the relationships I formed with the campers in just one short week.

Helena 'Moose' Gilk: Since this past year was my first year experiencing the magic of Kesem, my favorite 'memory' would be the connections made with the campers. Every time I look down at my wrist and see the friendship bracelets, I am reminded of my favorite place.

Zachary 'Hiccup' Fedor: I'm looking forward to Messy Olympics again at camp because the kids love it so much and enjoy getting as dirty as possible. It makes it way more enjoyable as a counselor to see the kids having a good time.

Kathryn 'Razen' Frazen: My favorite camp memory is lighting off lanterns after empowerment! It is always such a beautiful way to end the day and it always makes the campers so happy.

Chandler 'Bing' Grega: i am looking forward to improving my performance as treasurer and developing relationships with campers and coordinators and counselors

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 Mizzou

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

Camp Kesem Mizzou

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

Camp Kesem Mizzou

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 Mizzou

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 Mizzou was generously provided by the 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

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.