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Counselor of the Week! Colin Kalmes!

This week our counselor of the week is Colin Kalmes (Rooster)! Colin is from Mokena, IL and is majoring in Biology and Nueroscience.Colin is involved in WAUG, SLPB, Leadership Academy, and Ultimate Frisbee. Colin kesems because he feels the campers deserve a week to just be a kid again and not worry about the stress in their […]

Counselor of the Week! Megan DeRoeck!

This week our counselor of the week is Megan DeRoeck (Melody). Megan is a Secondary English Major from Park Ridge, IL. She is involved in ESA, Dance Marathon, Club Ed, and Ultimate Frisbee. Megan Kesems because she wants to be part of letting these kids just be kids. She wants to give these kids a fun filled […]

Counselor of the Week! Tater Tot!

This week our counselor of the week is Tater Tot (Courtney Tate)! Tater Tot is a CSD major from Wheaten, IL who is involved in Dance Company, Admissions Ambassador, Chi Alpha Pi sorority, and of course Camp Kesem. She is also our chapter’s development chair.  She does Camp Kesem because she finds these kids inspiring and […]

Counselor of the Week! Natali Bode!

Natali (Moose) is a senior at Augustana studying Elementary Ed and Spanish and she is involved in Club Ed, Spanish Club, Walk for Water, and volunteer tutoring. She originally got involved with Camp Kesem because she knows what it’s like to have a parent battling cancer. Natali wanted to provide our campers with an awesome week of […]

Friday Update!

Our last full day at camp means one thing.  COLOR WARS!  Each unit is associated with a color, which means that each unit is decked out in their respective color!  Messy games was today, unlike last year when we used food items, we decided to use paint instead!  Boy did that go along well with […]

Thursday Update!

It was dress as your camp name today, saw a range of Disney princesses, flowers, fun outfits, and even some superheroes!  Perfect for our Drama rotation today: the improvisation game “Guess who I am”! Our campers over the age of 10 were able to go down the zip line if they chose to today! What […]

Wednesday Update!

Have we teleported to Hogwarts or has Boone, IA been overrun by wizards? We may have the next Harry Potter in our camp and we don’t even know it yet! Another successful day here at camp!   The scientist was our special guest today and he showed off some awesome science skills and maybe an […]

Tuesday Update!

Boy, the outfits we saw today were rather wacky!  They were mismatch, backwards, and inside out! Wacky day was a great day! Today was a hot one!  Every unit was able to go to the pool twice today, participate in Minute to Win It games and sing some camp songs later in the evening. Everyone […]

Monday Update!

It’s a jungle out here!  It was ‘Dress as an Animal’ Day today, and boy did we have some crazy animals! We had some rabbit ears, pig noses, chicken beaks, and a whole lot of cheetah print. The zoo came by and brought a frog, bearded dragon, and crocodile that the kids enjoyed petting and […]

Sunday Update!

What a wonderful start to our camp week!!  We are so happy to have our returning campers back and meet all of our new campers as well!  We enjoyed some nice s’mores around the campfire tonight after unpacking and having dinner- meatballs and mashed potatoes… YUM!  Everyone learned the Camp Kesem cheer and had the […]