Camp Kesem William & Mary

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Camp Kesem William & Mary

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/9/2020 - 8/15/2020

Camp Piankatank

1586 Stampers Bay Road, Hartfield, VA 23071

Week 2 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/22/2020

Camp Piankatank

1586 Stampers Bay Road, Hartfield, VA 23071

Week 3 Session

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

11/9/2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

4/26/2020

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Make the Magic

3/28/2020

Two Rivers Country Club

1400 Two Rivers Road

Williamsburg VA 23185

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Joey 'Finch' Cronin: I Kesem because it has brought so much magic into my life. Kesem is where everyone can be their truest selves and watching new campers figure out who they want to be is why I Kesem.

Tess 'Socks' Ruona: I LOVE messy games! What's better than an excuse to run around like a crazy person and throw paint at your friends? There's nothing like the scent of chocolate syrup, shaving cream and paint all combined... mmmm, smells like camp!

Meredith 'Aqua' Lian: My favorite camp memory is when we all had an impromptu dance party in the dining hall dancing to "You Belong with Me". It was one of the moments that I really felt the Kesem magic.

Caroline 'Tumble' Caponi: My favorite Kesem memory is watching the sunrise with my Unit 4 girls while we all read our compliments out of our compliment bags.

Zach 'Bubba' Lipkin: Seeing all the old and new counselors every year

Jack 'Beef' Passodelis: My favorite Kesem memory is playing soccer games with the campers before lunch. From muddy slide tackles to intense PK shoot-outs, these games never failed to entertain.

Charlotte  'Scrunchie' Flower: My favorite Kesem memory is singing "Lean On Me" during our campfire. It was a beautiful sunset and a happy moment where I realised how much love was present in the moment.

Divya 'Sosa' Dureja: My favorite Kesem memory is when Unit 3 Girls won the golden broom for the most clean cabin!

Margaret 'Twix' Lister: Spontaneous dance parties during meal times!

Katie 'Frizzle' Marshall: Spontaneously breaking out in a fancy party in the middle of dinner to Taylor Swift "You Belong with Me" !!!

Natalie 'Lavender' Lyman: My favorite Kesem memory is having a spontaneous dance parties in the cafeteria with the entire camp singing along and dancing!

Patrick 'Peaches ' Russo: My favorite Kesem memory is messy games my first year. It was a great way to release a lot of energy and bond with my campers!

Brian 'Bagel' Donahue: Getting to come to Visitor's Day this past summer after being unable to attend camp due to a conflict and having all my past campers come up to me and give me big hugs!

Sunita 'Dogwood' Ganesh: Exploring the Camp Piankatank island and playing "Survivor" with my teen campers!

Josie 'Pollo' Landis: My favorite Kesem memory was watching all my campers karaoke together!

Ryan 'Wavy' Lauzardo: Screaming Taylor Swift with the unit 3 girls

Brian 'Rhythm' Nelson: My favorite Kesem memory is emceeing our AMAZING talent show with my co-drama program counselor, Polkadot. We had some phenomenal acts by our campers and I had the honor to sing the national anthem while a camper played the clarinet! Amazing!

Susanna 'Lil' Bo' Maisto: My favorite Kesem memory was making sandcastles in the volleyball pit with Unit 1!

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 William & Mary 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

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org
Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.

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.

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Warm Welcome

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

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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.

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Special Deliveries

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

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Online Resources

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