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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 6-11, 2018

Big Bear Lake Conference Center

575 Prairie Lane

Big Bear Lake, CA,  92315

 

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

February 11, 2018

10:30am-12:30pm

386 N Center St, 

Orange, CA 92866

Spring Friends + Family Day

May 6, 2018

Time and Location TBD

Meet the Team

 

 

 

I’m Sparkles and I had a family member battle cancer and I realized how important it is to have a support group that you could lean on during the process of fighting cancer. I then learned that Camp Kesem provides this for kids going through a similar situation I was going through and I wanted to give my support to kids who may not have a big support system.

 

I’m Queso and community Service is something that is so important to me. I am always thinking, “If I had the opportunity to change someone’s life or to help someone out right now, what is stopping me?”. I knew of friends from other universities that had the opportunity to be apart of this organization and they all said their lives were changed. When I heard Camp Kesem was coming to Chapman University I was immediately interested. I am so eager to see how Camp Kesem will change me!

 

 

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:

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

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

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Chapman University was generously provided by Scare to Care, Tim Shaw, and Vernon Shaw.

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.

Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Chelsea-Dottie-Saurer
Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director – chelsea.saurer@kesem.org

Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.

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.

Kesem Connections

Provides Kesem families with regular updates including important deadlines and events.

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 By Your Side

Provides customized support for children through the many challenges associated with a parent or guardian's cancer journey.

Kesem
Warm Welcome

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

Kesem
Special Deliveries

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

Kesem
Friends + Family Day

Regular gatherings for existing and interested camper families, alumni, supporters and Kesem student leaders for a day of community building.

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Online Resources

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