Camp Kesem San Francisco

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Camp Kesem San Francisco
Camp Kesem San Francisco

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/20/2020 - 7/24/2020

Redwood Glen Camp

3100 Bean Creek Rd

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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


Congregation Sherith Israel

2266 California St, San Francisco CA 94115

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Barbara 'Chili' Zachariassen: My favorite Kesem memory was the boys' cabin chat after empowerment. A lot of the boys just really opened up, it was especially great to see the more quiet ones really be vulnerable.

Grace 'Magenta' Hale: During our first camp on the last night, all of our campers were really sad to be leaving. One of our youngest campers suggested that every night at 8 PM, we could all look up at the moon and be together. I look forward to 8 PM every night now.

Riku 'Zoom' Nakatsuji: I am looking forward to camp!!

Valerie 'Munchie' Diaz: I am looking forward to meeting new campers.

Maximilian 'Mango' Moore: My favorite Kesem memory is from last camp's closing circle. Singing our last nights closing circle song with all the campers and counselors was such an amazing experience, and made me extremely happy and thankful to be a part of the CKSF family.

Jordan 'Boots' Mall: This year in Kesem I'm looking forward to making magic (not to be cheesy lol) through creating some awesome and new fundraisers! I'm hoping to connect with lots of amazing people through Kesem and to fully embrace the fact that it'll change my life.

Alexis 'Nacho' Tondreault: I am looking forward to learning more about Kesem and working with my fellow coordinators to help make camp the best it can be!

Elizabeth 'Ladybug' Schweitz: becoming a coordinator!

Brianna 'Robin' Vargas: One of my favorite memories with Kesem is stargazing with campers this year at camp. Several campers told me great, meaningful stories and I felt like I really got to connect with the kids.

Ria 'Rue' Laxa: My first year of camp, I taught one of the campers how to play piano. The next summer, he surprised me by playing an entire piece at the talent show. Before leaving camp, he wrote a note thanking me and telling me he'd be teaching me one day.

Megan 'Mumble' Schneider: My favorite memory is from my first summer at camp last year. A camper who had recently lost his parent thanked me for making him feel welcome and told me Kesem taught him that it's okay to express emotion and he doesn't have to hide how he feels.

Jason 'Coconut' John: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing kids' faces light up our second year when they see other campers and counselors again for the first time.

Vivianne 'Tofu' Ramirez: Some of my favorite memories was our campers creating their own TV shows and having me record them. One of our campers would have their own segment and would begin by saying, "Lights, Camera, Action, Welcome to Camp Kesem!"

Emily 'Mac' Wolfe: I am most looking forward to meeting all the kids who will be attending our camp this year. I have only heard stories about how wonderful they all are.

John 'Tea' Molina: My favorite Kesem memory includes saying bye to a camper who had a great time at camp, but was relatively quiet and shy with all his counselors. He had asked me for a photo at the end, and it really felt like I meant something to him.

Amanda 'Groove' Kristensen: My favorite Kesem memory is the love, comfortability, and fun felt in the bus ride home from camp after spending the magical days all together at camp. I can't wait for the love I felt to be reignited again.

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 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.

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Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director –

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director –

Meag joined Camp Kesem at West Virginia University in the chapter’s inaugural year in 2015 as an Outreach Coordinator. In the years to follow, she served as an Alumni, Marketing & PR Coordinator, followed by Co-Director her senior year. She also served as a Camp Advisor for the University of Kansas and University of Arkansas in the summer of 2018. She joined the Camp Kesem National team in August 2018 as a Regional Program Director. Meag graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing with a minor in Business Administration from WVU. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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.