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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 26-31, 2018

Camp Lakota

56 Park Road

Wurtsboro, NY 12790


Friends + Family Days

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 28, 2018


Location TBD

Make the Magic

April 11, 2018 at 6:00pm

i Trulli Ristorante

124 E. 27th Street

New York, NY 10016

Tickets available here



Meet the Team

Mermaid, CC 2019, Neuroscience and Music
Why I Kesem : I Kesem because of the magic that happens at camp. The family that is created in one week is what pushes me throughout the year to make camp happen. To see how people can come together through hardships is inspirational, and there is truly no other organization like Kesem. I Kesem because it’s become a huge part of who I am, and it makes me hopeful for the future.
Pizza, CC 2018, Linguistics & French and Francophone Studies
Why I Kesem : I Kesem for the amazing community that we have! We are truly a family ❤️


Tink, Barnard/JTS 2020, Psychology
Why I Kesem : I Kesem because I love being inspired by all the campers. Each one teaches me something new about myself and about how we should live our lives. I Kesem for the campers. I Kesem because Kesem is their home and now is also mine.


Kim Possible, BC 2018, History with a concentration in Rights, Laws and the State
Why I Kesem : I Kesem for the incredible community of compassionate, wise, and sincere campers and counselors who have changed my life over the past few years. The magic of camp and love shared year round is so special and has been an honor to be a part of.


Click, BC 2018, Neuroscience
Why I Kesem : I kesem for all of the members of my family who’ve had cancer; I kesem because every kid deserves a chance to be a kid, to have fun and be carefree, and to be surrounded by a community of people that understand and can support him/her; but mostly, I kesem because these tiny humans have taught me more about love, life, and hope than any adult ever could.
Avocado, CC 2019, History and Pre-Med
Why I Kesem : I Kesem for the family, both at camp and year-round!
Phoenix, CC 2019, Financial Economics
Why I Kesem : I Kesem because the magic that persists throughout this fun-filled week is truly life-changing, both for me and the kids. Camp becomes a close-knit community where everyone feels comfortable speaking up and sharing their experiences. Every year, I meet campers that run up to me and tell me they never want to leave or that they wish camp was longer, and to me, those emotions are a testament to the appreciation that kids gain for a place like Camp Kesem.
Bolo, Barnard ’19, Psychology
Why I Kesem : I Kesem to help provide a magical week, and a home away from home for the campers. I had so much fun at camp this year, and learned more than I could have ever imagined from everyone around me. I’m counting down the days until camp next year!

Fluff, CC 2020, Biology
Why I Kesem : I Kesem for a lot of reasons. The one that stands out to me is watching the friendships between the campers grow as the week goes on! It’s always exciting seeing a cabin come together to support each other.

Buzz, SEAS 2019, Biomedical Engineering
Why I Kesem : I Kesem because Kesem is family! When going through such a tough time, I had a family to help support me and I want to give back to others! Going through a period when a family is affected by cancer is the most difficult time. It is during this crucial moment that Kesem provides the support and care that one needs!


Toto, CC 2018, Art History
Why I Kesem : The reason I Kesem is because Camp Kesem gifted me a family that I never knew existed. Kesem is about creating a community where everyone, counselors and campers, is genuinely there for each other. It’s a magical experience of fun, heartbreak, happiness, all in one and it’s unbelievably unique that it cannot be easily explained in words. I Kesem for my campers, my co-counselors, and everyone else I love in my life.

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 Columbia 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.

Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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.

Warm Welcome

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

Special Deliveries

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

Friends + Family Day

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

Online Resources

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