Camp Kesem Rice

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Camp Kesem Rice

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

Forest Glen

557 County Rd 331

Rosebud, TX 76570

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


Cohen House

6100 Main Street, #2

Houston, TX 77005

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Roma 'Tomato' Nayyar: My favorite Kesem memory is the cabin chats I had my first year as counselor. It was amazing to see everyone support each other and have fun- with impromptu dance parties, hair braiding circles, and taking care of our cabin mascot, the llamacorn.

Charles 'Chef' Cook: I am looking forward to serving so many campers this year, and incorporating new campers into the CK Rice family. I come from a volunteer background, so I am excited to see our love of the campers grow at Rice as well!

Alina 'Blue' Naqvi: I attended camp this summer for the first time and it was one of the most amazing weeks of my life! I formed such strong bonds both with the campers and the other counselors, and it was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Kesem is family :)

Ashley 'Maple' Tsang: I am looking forward to Messy Games!

Sachi '' Khemka: My favorite Kesem memory is sitting down with the campers and having cabin chat with all of them. We as a unit grew so much closer by sharing things that were close to our hearts.

Shelly 'Panda' Zhou: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing all the girls in my cabin perform together during the talent show. I loved watching all the girls support and encourage each another to leave their comfort zone and have fun on stage together.

Hannah 'Sprinles' Park: It was one of my TLP camper's first time blobbing and she asked me to blob her. She was actually really scared to get blobbed, but the minute she went flying high she couldn't stop laughing and smiling. She asked me to blob her every day after that.

Anchith 'Pluto' Kota: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be the very first time I showed up to camp. I was terrified because I was a late addition, but everyone around me was just so joyful and upbeat, that it immediately put me at ease and prepared me for the week.

Loryn 'E.P.' Hudson: This year, I can't wait for our chapter to reach more families than ever, and create a camp experience that helps every camper feel seen, appreciated, and loved.

Whitney 'Ramen' Jin: One of my favorite Kesem memories was during this past Camp Talent Show, when the Green and Teal Unit Girls made up our own verses for the Pizza Man song- we laughed the entire time while writing it and had an absolute blast rehearsing it.

Conor 'Poncho' Rork: My favorite Kesem memory is of sitting around the campfire, singing the Beatles and camp songs while I and a camper from my unit accompanied on guitar and ukulele.

Trevor 'Buffalo' Egerton: My favorite Kesem memory is from my second year at camp. It was cabin chat with the 9-10 year old boys the night of empowerment. The boys all shared - all of them - a part of their stories. It was a time and space of amazing connections.

Meheret 'Moshpit' Adera: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be just breaking out in song + dance at random times throughout the day . My unit would carry around this speaker and blast music as we walked through the campsite. Everyone got to DJ at some point. It was great

Lauren 'Lilo' Widmann: My favorite Kesem memory is performing in the talent show with my Red Unit girls. We planned a dance to accompany the song one of the campers was singing. It made me so happy to be a part of it.

Erin 'Redwood' Kim: My favorite Kesem memory is the messy games event! It's always amazing to see all the campers having so much fun with the counselors.

Abram 'Rain' Qiu: I love telling puns. At camp, my favorite thing to do was tell a bad pun and watch the boys in my unit groan and be both excited and disappointed at the same time.

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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Rice University 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

Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –
Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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.