Camp Kesem San Francisco

Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Please contact us for more details!

Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

Tickets Available Soon

Meet the Team

Kirsten “Twizzler” Calverley: Hi friends! My name is Twizzler, and I am so excited to be one of Camp Kesem SF’s Directors this year! I am a senior nursing major originally from Portland, Oregon. I started with Camp Kesem in 2017, and it has since become an incredibly important part of my life. I cannot wait to make more magic in 2019!

Camp Kesem San Francisco

Kat “Kit Kat” Lado: My name is Kit Kat, and I am one of the Directors at Camp Kesem SF! I am a senior psychology major originally from Orange County, CA. I started with Camp Kesem in 2017 as the Operations coordinator and this organization has since become absolute magic to me. Already counting down the days until Camp 2019!

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Andrew Justin “Koa” Villanueva: Hello! I’m Koa, I’m a San Francisco native and Architecture major. My passions include being able to build connections and help others however I can. Some of my hobbies include photography, drawing, exploring and just hanging out with others, among many other things I enjoy. The biggest reason I Kesem is not only to continue something my sister was apart of during her time at university but also to be a friend for others.

Camp Kesem San Francisco

Barbara “Chili” Zachariassen: Hi I’m Chili and I am one of the Alumni, Marketing and PR coordinators at the San Francisco chapter this year. I grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and am a junior studying communications major with minors in German and public relations at USF. This is my first year in Kesem and I’m so, so excited for what’s to come and I can’t wait to make camp an amazing experience this summer.

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Nora “Kiwi” Ward: My name is Kiwi and I am a sophomore communications major at the university of San Francisco. I joined kesem my freshmen year as AMP and went as a counselor for our first camp ever last summer! To me, Kesem is friendship, magic, and healing all wrapped in one beautiful organization. I love being apart of this organization and being able to be apart of something special that impacts lives for the better

Camp Kesem San Francisco

Emi “Penguin” Guttorp: My name is Penguin and I am a sophomore sociology major at USF. This is my second year being a part of the Kesem family. I am one of the development coordinators. A fun fact about me is that I was born in Japan. I am adopted and grew up in Seattle, Washington and Göteborg, Sweden. During my freshman year I found out that my father was diagnosed with skin cancer. This pushed me to get involved with Kesem so I could better support my father, and help kids who were going through similar things

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Olivia “Sunshine” Pearson: Hi! My name is Sunshine and I am a Senior Business Management major with a minor in Film. I love to travel, bake, and do anything related to the arts. Camp Kesem is important to me because I have had many friends and family members affected by cancer, including my own father who passed away from it, and I wanted to support an organization that helps kids who have gone through the same things I went through.

Camp Kesem San Francisco

Lauren “Topaz” Silva: Hi! I’m Topaz and i’m a second year politics major, legal studies minor. One of my favorite hobbies is finding out different ways I can make a difference in my community and later apply it to a larger scale. Whether that’s from volunteer at different shelters around the city to interning in the office of the current mayor, getting involved is so important. To me, Kesem is love and support. Kesem is the light at the end of the tunnel and continues to impact the lives of any person involved in it

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Jason “Coconut” John: Hey guys, my name is Coconut and I’m a sophomore nursing major. I love playing sports, listening to music, learning new things and meeting new people. Kesem has changed my outlook on cancer and how to deal with it through seeing the strength of all the other counselors and kids going through similar situations. I am super excited for camp this summer and how much more involved I’m going to be with the process of creating such an experience this year!

Camp Kesem San Francisco

Raley “Tuba” Slaymaker: My name is tuba, my major is communication studies! I have 2 minors in spanish and child and youth studies! Fun fact about me: I have 4 tattoos! Camp kesem means a lot to me! It was an experience that changed my life.

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Valeria “Munchie” Diaz: Hi, my name is Munchie and I am one of the Outreach Coordinators for Camp Kesem SF! I am a junior Business major at USF. I was born and raised in San Diego and moved out to San Francisco for college. I love adventuring around the city of San Francisco and just be spontaneous. After hearing about Camp Kesem, I absolutely fell in love and going to camp for the first time changed my life in such an amazing way! Can’t wait to continue to share the Kesem magic!

Camp Kesem San Francisco

Megan “Mumble” Schneider: Hi, I’m Mumble! I’m a sophomore psych major at USF and an Outreach Coordinator for Kesem. I’m also the President of Students for Cancer Awareness at USF and spend a lot of time volunteering in the cancer support community in SF. My family has been personally touched by cancer, and that is why Kesem is meaningful to me. I lost my mother and grandma to cancer, and understand how life altering cancer can be. I want more than anything to make camp a powerful experience for each camper.

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Kelly “Strawberry” Lee: Hi I’m Strawberry & I’m the 2018-2019 treasurer! I am also a freshman nursing major. I am a huge One Direction fan (they are just on a break) and you can find me drinking Starbucks basically every day. To me, Kesem is family. The atmosphere at camp is so loving and welcoming and it can’t help but put a smile on your face.

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Grace “Magenta” Hale: Hey, hi hello! I’m Magenta and I’m so excited to be the Co- Volunteer Coordinator for CKSF this year! This is my second year in Kesem. I am a Junior Design and Art History double major from Sacramento originally. I love Kesem with my whole heart and I can’t wait to see where our chapter goes this year.

Camp Kesem San Francisco

Maxx “Mango” Moore: Hi I’m Mango, I’m the volunteer coordinator at Kesem San Francisco. This is my second year with the chapter and I’m super excited to be working on camp. My experience last year at camp was amazing and I look forward to helping put on another year!

Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

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 San Francisco

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

Camp Kesem San Francisco

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

Camp Kesem San Francisco

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 San Francisco

Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.

Community Partners

Walk with Sally

Kling Family Foundation

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at the University of San Francisco was generously provided by the Stanley S. Langendorf 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.

Walk with Sally

Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Keandra Bryson, Regional Program Director – keandra@kesem.org
Keandra Bryson, Regional Program Director – keandra@kesem.org

Keandra joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. Prior to this, Keandra was a member of the founding team at California State University, Fresno where she started as a Volunteer Coordinator, and then went on to serve as a Chapter Co-Director for two years. During this time, Keandra also served as a Risk Management Intern and as a member of the National Student Panel. Keandra graduated from Fresno State in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Family and Consumer Science. She is from Bakersfield, California and currently resides in Davis, California.

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.

Kesem
Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

Kesem
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.

Kesem
Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

Kesem
Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.

Camp Kesem San Francisco