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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 6-11, 2018

Camp Granite Lake

11902 Camp Eden Rd. 

Golden, CO 80403


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 3, 2017


3601 South Lowell Blvd.

Denver, CO 80236

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 29th, 2018

12:00pm to 4:00PM

Foothills Community Park,

Boulder CO


Make the Magic

April 20, 2018 at 6:00pm

Rembrandt Yard

 1301 Spruce St.

Boulder, CO 80302

Tickets available here

Meet the Team


I’m Shaggy and I’m a senior, Chemical and Biological Engineering student from Broomfield, Colorado. I joined Kesem last year and fell in love with all the people I met and the love that everyone involved has for it. Kesem has been one of the most influential things in my life and I can’t really express the gratitude that I have for being allowed to be a part of it.



I’m Bones and I’m a senior studying psychology from littleton colorado. Been involved with kesem for years and is a staple counselor of the Purple Unit! Enjoys the finest of coffees and espressos, so much so that he brings his own coffee maker to camp.


I’m Sandy and I’m a current sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder majoring in International Affairs and Journalism with a Chinese minor. While born in Texas, I’ve called Colorado my home for 8 years. I joined Kesem my freshman year alongside my best friend and have loved it ever since. I was named after my love for the beach, although I am afraid of going in the water.




I’m Scooby and I’m born and raised in the Midwest still confuses mountains with hills. Hobbies include long walks on the beach, CrossFit, and drinking la croix.


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 the University of Colorado Boulder 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

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org

Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a Development Coordinator and two-year Co-Director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado.

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.