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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

7255 E 700 S, Wolcottville, IN 46795

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, April 4th, 2020

Foley's, 2010 Moose Krause Circle, Notre Dame, IN

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Hannah 'Sparrow' Koechley: My favorite memory is from my first year at camp when I convinced my cabin of 12-14 year old girls that interpretive dancing to Don't Stop Believing was quite possibly the most fun thing to do. Happy to say the dance made it to the talent show. :)

Ryan 'Wonderboy' Fitzgerald: One of our campers once said that sliding down the 'mole hole' at our camp was more fun than riding the Space Mountain ride at Disneyland!

Meghan 'Peep' Schmit: My favorite memory from Camp Kesem was at our first bonfire of the week. I loved being with all of the units together and roasting s'mores!

Bridget 'Lavagirl' Carmody: Performing with campers at the talent show!

Anna 'Suds' Kerschner: I love spending time making friendship bracelets at the Art Barn and canoeing out on the lake with my campers!

Micaela 'Milkshake ' Maron : During my first Kesem, one my campers was having a difficult week. At cabin chats, we went around and described our week at Kesem in one word. She said Milkshake and that is why I Kesem.

Ramon 'Checkers' Villafana: My favorite Kesem memory was the camper talent show from last year! It's a ton of fun to watch all the campers get together and have fun to show off their talents! Watching all sorts of great stuff like kids doing the worm is a great laugh!

Adeline 'm&m' DiChristofano: I am so excited to have the opportunity to be more involved with Kesem this year! I fell in love with Kesem when I met some of the campers at last year's Fall Friends and Family Day and could see how much camp has impacted their lives.

Marie 'Wednesday' Donnelly: My favorite Kesem memory is from my first summer. One of the girls from the Red unit loved my name and would sing the Addams family song to me every time she saw me.

Ally 'Crock Pot' Desrosiers: My favorite Kesem memory was from rock climbing with my unit! A few were afraid of going up the wall, but eventually, ALL of them tried it. It made me realize how Kesem really does allow everyone to face their fears in so many different ways!

Brett 'Elvis' Segobiano: My favorite Kesem memory is the campfire at the end of the night! I love coming together with everyone and making s'mores while singing camp songs as one big happy family.

Lauren 'Gumby' Lombard: My favorite Kesem memory the past two summers has definitely been the talent show. I love watching our campers support one another and show off their unit pride and personal talents.

John 'Dr. Seuss' Jakubowski: I'm looking forward to contributing to the logistics that make Camp Kesem the wonderful organization it is! Cannot wait to play concentration, mafia. and Zorbo soccer with all my friends!

Melissa  'Birdie' Pavloff: My favorite Kesem memory is my first Empowerment ceremony. The love and hope was tangible, and it was in that moment that the Kesem magic shone most brightly for me. I have not since forgotten the feeling of inspiration I experienced that day.

Tomi 'Fizz' Mansell: My favorite Kesem memory is the dance party we had when one of our activities got rained out!

Madyson 'Wawa' McDougal: My favorite Kesem memory is playing 9-square with the campers and counselors on the playground and just having a fun time and being silly :)

Megan 'Tumble' Lyden: My favorite Kesem memory was making and performing our lime green unit parody of "Country Roads" during a rainy day at camp.

Susanne 'Sharpay' Seiler: I loved doing the Talent Show one time with Ferb! He asked if I would perform as Sharpay and he could be Ryan so we could do a duet. It was so much fun!

Kassadee 'Squish' Ifft: My favorite Kesem memory was this past year at the Empowerment Ceremony. When I shared my story this year, all of the campers in my cabin surrounded me, hugging me as I told my story. The support through and beyond Cancer is so evident and real!

Matthew 'Anchor' Downing: This year at Kesem, my bunk buddy Scout said that I was his hero during empowerment because I made camp the best it has ever been. I was so honored!

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.

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

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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

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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director –
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director –

Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to Chicago, Illinois.

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.